• Dec 30th 2009 at 11:00AM
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When gas prices rose in 2008, one of the few bits of good news was that the federal government was bumping up the business mileage deduction to 55 cents per mile. Now that gas prices have stabilized in 2009, the Internal Revenue Service has reportedly decided to cut back on some of its generosity. According to Wallet Pop, the new per mile rate is 50 cents, a nine percent decline from a year ago. The decrease will likely do little to the casual business traveler, but high mileage sales types and pizza delivery specialists will likely take a big hit to the pocket book when Uncle Sam reaches out his considerable hand on April 15.

Those who moved for work or traveled for medical expenses will receive an even bigger cut this year, down from 24 cents to 16.5 cents. It's difficult to understand why medical/travel mileage was cut so drastically, but we keep trying to remind ourselves that the IRS works in mysterious ways. Heck, we didn't even know you could claim moving and medical mileage, so this one is pretty much a bonus to us.

[Source: Wallet Pop | Image: Scott Olson/Getty]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I keep seeing this "PSA" at the beginning of headlines? What does it mean?
        • 5 Years Ago
        PSA=Public Service Announcement
      • 5 Years Ago
      The last decade has been a complete writeoff when it comes to government spending and growth. Bush was bad. So far, Obama's been no better. The US government has done little more than completely foul up everything they've tried to do in the last decade and with this level of incompetence, corruption and cronyism there's no limit to just how badly they'll screw the people of the USA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If only the government increased taxes on gas by 25 cents we would have ended our addiction to oil.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh shut up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If only the government increased taxes on health care by 25 percent we would have ended our addiction to life.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone has to start paying for the Dumacrats massive spending spree.
      Three more years and you ain't seen nuthin yet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Caddy, i am about as right wing as anyone on Autoblog, but COME ON, 2 wars, tax cuts, spending like there's tomorrow. GOP has no credibility when it comes to spending, that is why they are such a minority in the Senate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it is funny guys like you yell and scream about spending, but are the ones that want these bloated militaries and occupations that suck up trillions of dollars.

        A lot of guys like you also occupy civil service occupations like police, firefighters etc etc that pay much higher salaries than they would pay if they were privatized and then retire relatively young and keep sucking up taxpayer money with high pensions and lifetime health care and benefits.

        How much money does the Army, Navy, Marines, FBI, CIA, DEA, DEQ, DNR, the 15 different types of police forces in one town, and so on and so on suck up every year?
        How about the multitude of companies and universities that rely on government contracts?

        I am not saying that most of these organizations are not necessary but you should think before you speak.

        As I have said before, if the government actually ran itself lean and like a well oiled corporation a lot of guys like you would not like it because you would be unemployed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Someone has to pay for the massive Bush tax cuts and wars.

        Eight years and all we have to show for it is trillion-dollar deficits and a military stretched ridiculously thin.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I never want our military to return to the stage it was in on Dec 6, 1941. Our military is now and should be the most powerful on this planet. Whatever money I pay in taxes for military is money well spent. I did not and still do not agree with Bush's policy on Iraq and many of his fiscal decisions. He is not a true conservative.
        The part I think you don't get is Bush is no longer the President and continuing to blame him for all our problems is merely a diversion by an incompetent administration that's in over his head and simply can't come up with a valid solution.
        The big issue IMO is entitlements. I have no quibble with Social Security or Medicare, I do have a severe problem with the new health care bill, the soon to come Cap and Trade, but more than any other, the soon to come Amnisty bill. Many of the people I know that are in the same business as me willfully hire illegal aliens and not just from south of the border, but from eastern europe as well. They hire them as subcontractors and either pay them in cash or issue a 1099 at the end of the year and still they pay no taxes. This is not construction, it's on a massive scale in almost every kind of employment nationwide. On average, it takes the IRS a minimum of 5 years to catch up with with the perp and when they do, the perp simply changes his name or returns to his native country with a boatload of untaxed cash. An article I read some months back reported that an estimated 300 to 500B in lost tax revenue in one year has been lost directly related to illegal immigration. So why not start here.

        And Sea Urine, don't give me that crap you're right wing. Taxing anything that punishes puts you at left of center at best.
        • 5 Years Ago
        At the time of George W. Bush's inauguration in 2001 the to total accrued debt of the US was 20 trillion dollars. Accrued debt being the amount of the then current annual deficit, the summed of earlier deficits and the amount of money that US promised to pay in the future, such as Social Security, interest on the debt, capital acquisitions etc. At the time of Bush's re-election in 2004 the accrued debt had climbed to 43 trillion dollars. Lord knows what it was when he left office.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Have gas prices really stabilized? I'm not so sure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Heck, we didn't even know you could claim moving and medical mileage, so this one is pretty much a bonus to us."

      Considering this is a standard question if you do your own taxes it shouldn't be much of a surprise. Maybe you just make so much you have an accountant? ;) Still, they should probably have asked you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please don't troll your readership.
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