Employers should take notice that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced a standard business mileage reimbursement rate of 51 cents per mile for 2011. The business mileage reimbursement rate is used by many employers for computing the appropriate employee reimbursement amount in instances where an employee uses a personal vehicle for a work-related purpose. The new mileage reimbursement rate, which takes effect on January 1, 2011, represents a slight increase from the rate set by the IRS in 2010 of 50 cents per business mile driven.
Employers with an established personnel policy should update their employee handbooks by year-end to reflect this change. Those employers who do not have an established policy for reimbursing employees for business miles traveled in personal vehicles should consider instituting a mileage reimbursement policy for 2010 and adopting a good mileage log reimbursement form for employees.
Employers should consult the IRS website for more information on the mileage reimbursement guidelines.