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February 16, 2011
BLR Survey: More Employers Paying IRS Maximum Mileage Allowance

Seventy-three percent of respondents to a recent survey of Business Travel and Relocation Benefits by BLR reported reimbursing automobile mileage at the 2010 IRS maximum of 50 cents per mile.

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This percentage is significantly higher than the percentage found in previous BLR surveys on this question. In a 2004 survey, 48% of respondents paid the IRS maximum, then 37.5 cents per mile. By 2007, 55% of respondents paid the IRS maximum of 48.5 cents per mile.

In all of the surveys, very few companies reported paying more than the IRS maximum; those that did not pay the exact amount allowed by the IRS paid less.

Note: In 2011, the IRS maximum mileage reimbursement rate increased to 51 cents per mile.

The current survey, which garnered 144 responses, was conducted by BLR's HR Daily Advisor in December, 2010 through mid-January, 2011. This response level is lower than that usually achieved by BLR’s benefits surveys, possibly due to the holiday and year-end timeframe.

For detailed results, see 2011 Fringe Benefit Survey Series--Business Travel and Relocation Benefits.

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