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Mileage rates in US (for interpreting)
Thread poster: Yvette Neisser Moreno

Yvette Neisser Moreno  Identity Verified
United States
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Jun 29, 2007

Hello, I have recently begun doing interpretation, and I'd like to know what the standard practice is for charging the client for mileage. Do you charge per mile, or some other way, and how do you determine the rate? Or what is the going rate?

A client recently asked me if I could charge per hour for mileage, which struck me as bizarre.

Any advice would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Yvette


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Elisha Nixon  Identity Verified
United States
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Mileage rates in the US Jun 29, 2007

Hi Yvette,

Your clients request is very odd.... The current milage rate is $.0485/mile. Typically if you charge for milage, many companies may not pay for your gas (as you make up the difference and actually come out ahead with just the milage). However, be sure to save all of your reciepts (tolls, gas..etc.) and talk with the project manager prior to accepting the PO about reembursement.

Good luck and have fun!

Elisha


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sokolniki  Identity Verified
United States
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Or travel time.. Jun 29, 2007

..in the amount of half your per hour rate (travel time is easy to determine using www.mapquest.com). I once compared my mileage at $0.40 per mile (somebody said this is the max tax-free limit) and travel time at 50% of per hour rate, and it surprisingly turned out pretty much the same.

Elisha is absolutely right: the agency should confirm mileage or travel time reimbursement in their WO.

Unfortunately, in TX where I am located most agencies do not reimburse for mileage. And this is with all those huge distances to drive and nightmare of a traffic here.

Good luck!


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Yvette Neisser Moreno  Identity Verified
United States
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Thanks! Jun 29, 2007

Thank you both for your help. That clears things up.

By the way, I checked the GSA website--the current reimbursement rate for mileage is $.485.


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bigedsenior
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Mileage deduction - taxes Jun 30, 2007

If you are not reimbursed for your mileage, you can deduct the expense on schedule c of your tax return. Just be sure to keep some sort of written record in case you ever get audited.

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