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Medical Mileage Rate Set to Increase

It’s no secret that gas prices in America today are pretty shocking. Recently, AAA reported that the national average cost for gas is up to $5 a gallon. That’s a whopping 75 dollars to fill up the average sedan. While we’re all feeling the effects of this price increase, those who need a car to access necessary medical care are the most affected.

What Does Medical Mileage Rate Mean?

The medical mileage rate is the amount that is deductible under the Internal Revenue Code 213 for gas used to transport oneself to and from essential medical care.

This means those who require a car to access medical attention can file for a tax deduction.

If you used your car for medical reasons, you may be able to deduct the mileage. “Medical reasons” include:

  • Driving to the doctor, hospital or other medical facility.
  • Driving a child or other person who needs medical care to receive medical care.
  • Driving to see a mentally ill dependent if the visits are recommended as part of treatment.

What Was the Medical Mileage Rate at the Beginning of 2022?

Starting on January 1, 2022, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) were:

  • 58.5 cents per mile driven for business use, up 2.5 cents from the rate for 2021,
  • 18 cents per mile driven for medical, or moving purposes for qualified active-duty members of the Armed Forces, up 2 cents from the rate for 2021 and
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations; the rate is set by statute and remains unchanged from 2021.

IRS Increases the Medical Mileage Rate

As of June 9, 2022, the IRS officially announced an increase in the standard medical mileage rate due to the uptick in gas prices. This increase will become effective on July 1, 2022, and is set to stay in place for the remainder of the year. This will provide much-needed relief to those using a car to access medical care.