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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-06-2009, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Driving personal car for work laws?

Im trying to find laws/rules in Illinois where you drive your personal car for work. I.E $ per mile, how it starts, works, rules applied etc. This "partner" at work is trying to screw us over in our gas etc making up excuses as of why I aint getting reimbursed the full amount of gas I put in my tank for driving. I used like 35$ worth of gas last week and only got paid 19$ of it and his excuse was something stupid like "it wasnt out of the way" or some crap like that. A typical driving day for me is 60-80miles.

I dont really know the exact words to search for on google, so basically I am looking for a federal guide line of some sort for mileage reimbursement or a monthly car allowance.

And if they dont follow these guide lines, I assume the BBB could force em to pay, or would this be kind of a court thing I would have to file? So far I have about 2,000 unpaid miles and almost $200 in gas that I havent been paid for and I have been working for this company since April 4th 2009.

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Re: Driving personal car for work laws?

From my personal experience when working for all size companies, you are reimbursed for mileage, but not for gas. You are paid so much for each mile, and that usually covers everything.

The only time (and this was company policy) you are reimbursed for gas is when using a rental car, and only then are you not reimbursed for mileage.
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Re: Driving personal car for work laws?

Generally most companies, especially companies that do work for the government, will follow the federal per diem rates, which is currently set at $0.550 per mile for privately owned vehicles (POVs) as of January 1, 2009.  So basically for your typical drive you'd be looking at an average of 70 miles at $0.550 per mile, so you should be reimbursed $38.50 on average for each trip.  If you only got $19 back, you're getting screwed.  You can review the per diem rates for POVs here.

If you travel and use a rental car, you will be reimbursed for the cost of the car and the gas you use, so be sure to keep your receipts.

If you have any other questions about hotel rates, meals and other incidental costs, you can view them by state here.

Edit:  Actually I'm almost positive that any company has to follow the federal per diem rates.

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Re: Driving personal car for work laws?

Holy crap that's the first time I've looked at the GSA per diem website since I got laid off, they added some stuff that would've made my job so much easier since then

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Re: Driving personal car for work laws?

can't you just tell them your not gonna drive your car anymore

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Re: Driving personal car for work laws?

I could, but then the one idiot wont give me any work. Ill look at the links tonight, thanks all.

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Re: Driving personal car for work laws?

And you only get the rate per mile if it is in addition to the distance you would have to travel to your main office every day.

Say your office is 10 miles from your house and the job site you go to that day is 15. You get to put in for 5 miles reimbursement.

Now if you have to drive the 10 miles to work first and then the 15 to the job site, then 15 back to the office, then 10 back home you would get to ask for 30 miles or $16.50. 15 + 15.

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Re: Driving personal car for work laws?

mrzda4lifer has a bit of a point, especially with you mentioning that some of the driving is &#039;on the way&#039;.

Depending on how your office works things with what you are doing for work/driving you should only be telling your boss the milage you are driving specifically for work (not including commuting from home to the office or the office home). If some of your work is literally on the way from home to the office or vice versa and your final destination is one of those, then you can&#039;t claim that as miles driven for business.

Of course when it comes down to it, its up to your employer to compensate you or not. They can choose not to. I don&#039;t know of any laws that say they have to compensate someone for a POV driven for work purposes. You can deduct miles driven of your vehicle from your taxes at the end of the year (only business driving, not personal driving). This is only if your employer doesn&#039;t compensate you (you must reduce your tax deduction by any employer compensation before claiming it as a deduction on your taxes).
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Re: Driving personal car for work laws?

While the IRS allows a maximum rate of $0.55 per mile, many companies pay $0.5-$0.10 less (and it&#039;s legal for them to do that if they choose to do so). However, if you file itemed deductions on your tax return, you can claim the difference between the company&#039;s rate (say $0.45 per mile) and the maximum IRS allowed rate ($0.55 per mile). So the $.10 difference per mile can be used as a deduction. May not apply if you use the standard deduction, but thought I&#039;d throw it out there anyway.

I&#039;ve always hated companies that reimburse &quot;gas expense&quot;. They are literally stealing from their own employees, in a way! When you drive your car, you use the tires and brakes, the car requires oil changes and other mileage-related maintenace AND, most of all, you car depreciates in value with the additional mileage! I would have a chat with the boss/partner who is trying to rip you off by paying for &#039;some&#039; of your gas expense!

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Re: Driving personal car for work laws?

Pretty much what others have said, but for me it works like this:

My company will only pay me 41 cents per mile (because they are cheap). My normal commute is 60 miles each way. So if instead of coming to work one day I go to an off site activity that involves 200 miles of driving for the day I would get this:
200 miles
-120 miles round trip normal commute
=80 miles
X.41
=$32.80

And I think that should be a pretty much worst case scenario. Some companies would pay 200 miles X .55 in that situation. That said, I don&#039;t think they HAVE to reimburse you. I had a friend back in high school who delivered pizzas and he didn&#039;t get paid per mile.
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