U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber of Minnesota has introduced the Volunteer Driver Tax Appreciation Act of 2022 to increase the federal tax deduction mileage rate for volunteer drivers from its current rate of 14 cents per mile to be equal to the IRS’ business rate, currently set at 58.5 cents per mile.
Many Minnesota nondrivers rely on volunteer drivers to travel to and from medical appointments, the grocery store, worship services and other important engagements. Over 168,000 such rides are provided by more than 2,000 volunteers each year. While volunteers donate their time, they are eligible to receive reimbursement for the use of their vehicle, without tax implications, at a federally prescribed rate.
Said Rep. Stauber: “Volunteering is a selfless act, and our volunteers should not be penalized for their service. The least we can do for our volunteers is to give them peace of mind with adequate reimbursement, and that is exactly what this legislation will do.”
More than 80 Minnesota organizations have formed the Minnesota Volunteer Driver Coalition to help get the legislation passed and enacted into law. Learn more about the coalition at volunteerdrivermn.org/.