The IRS' 2009 optional standard mileage rates for the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes are:
· 55 cents per mile for business miles driven
· 24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
· 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
The new rates go into effect January 1, 2009, and the new rates for business, medical and moving purposes are lower than rates for the second half of 2008 (raised by a special adjustment mid-year intended to reflect increases in gasoline prices.) The rate for charitable purposes is unchanged from 2008.