SKR+Co Tax Alert
Estate Tax Uncertainty & Mileage Rate Increases
June 29, 2011
Estate Tax Uncertainty
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 provided many answers regarding the estate tax, but, unfortunately, the act created additional questions as well. With certain estate tax law provisions scheduled to expire after 2012, estate planning uncertainty remains. This article explains how making lifetime gifts can take advantage of the current high exemption amount and low tax rate and details ways to add flexibility to an estate plan to prepare for potentially lower exemptions and higher rates in 2013.
Mileage Rate Increases Effective July 1st
In response to rising gasoline prices, the IRS has raised the standard mileage rate for business use of an automobile from 51 cents per mile to 55½ per mile, effective July 1. The medical and moving standard mileage rate is increasing to 23½ per mile, also on July 1.
The new optional standard mileage rates will apply until superseded by future guidance and can be used by taxpayers to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile. Alternatively, taxpayers can instead use their actual costs, but must maintain adequate records and be able to substantiate their expenses.
The standard mileage rate for services to charitable organizations is set by statute at 14 cents per mile and remains unchanged.