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We often get asked by company managers or employees who drive for work how much auto insurance they should carry. Different states have different required minimum coverages, but all of these fall...

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If your company pays a monthly vehicle stipend, 40% or more of that money could go to federal and state coffers. With tax withholding reducing so much of an employee's take-home from a car allowance,...

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Now that gas prices have fallen from this summer's historic highs, it is worth considering how to plan for future fuel price volatility and its effects on your business. Adopting a FAVR vehicle...

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Businesses that use the IRS mileage rate to reimburse employees are using the wrong tool for the task. Let's look at three key reasons to avoid mileage reimbursement at the IRS business rate.

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Do you plan to run a motor vehicle record (MVR) check on all your employee drivers this year? If not, you should. You can reduce your company’s risk profile by instituting annual or bi-annual MVR...

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Many organizations pay a mileage rate to reimburse workers for the use of a personal vehicle. But how do you know it accounts for all reimbursable vehicle expenses? Some expenses like auto insurance...

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Record vehicle prices and inflation in vehicle costs raise the question of whether to continue offering a company vehicle to employees. Some organizations might considering switching some or all...

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When deciding on a mileage reimbursement rate, many companies look for guidance to the published standard mileage rates from the IRS. But the question of whether to pay that exact rate to employees...

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With inflation at a 40-year high, and fuel costs being a primary driver, is it time to increase your car allowance? The short answer is "Yes." But the way to do it might not be what you expect.

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Proof of employees' auto insurance will not be enough to protect your business in the event of an accident. It is vital to keep records of each employee's insurance policy declarations pages. Read on...

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What is your car allowance amount based on? If it’s not based on data, you could be in trouble. You may be overpaying or underpaying. You may face increased attrition rates or productivity losses or...

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Thinking about adding a fuel card or fuel reimbursement to your car allowance? in times of high gas prices, this is a common consideration. Here’s what you need to know.

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With gas prices at record levels, it raises the question of whether a company's car allowance or vehicle reimbursement program should factor in the fuel efficiency of the vehicles being used.

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GPS mileage apps are quickly becoming the preferred way for both businesses and independent contractors to keep track of mileage for work and tax purposes. Along with these apps come privacy...

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Effective July 1, the IRS has increased the standard business mileage rate for 2022 by 4 cents per mile to 62.5 cents per mile. Due to the inherent limitations of reimbursing with this mileage rate,...

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If you pay a car allowance to employees working in the state of California, be aware that these workers face a unique set of conditions. Between strict labor laws and high vehicle expenses,...

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As of July 1, the IRS has increased the 2022 business mileage rate by 4 cents to 62.5 cents per mile. With U.S. gas prices averaging around $5 per gallon, the IRS made a rare move to hike rates...

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For companies that pay a vehicle reimbursement to employees, the IRS mileage rate has often been viewed as the gold standard. However, the mileage rate's lack of transparency is causing employers...

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While there's no federal law requiring employers to reimburse their employees' business vehicle expenses, many companies choose to – and for good reasons. Let's explore ways to determine whether and...

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Most businesses experience both fixed expenses and variable expenses. Knowing the difference is important, especially if your organization reimburses employees for their business vehicle expenses.

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You company's car allowance covers a wide range of employee vehicle expenses. If it is not high enough, the allowance could impact your employee retention. If you have not adjusted the allowance...

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The car allowance is one of the most overlooked business tools within most organizations. It seems simple enough and easy to maintain. But the simplicity of a standard monthly payment carries hidden...

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Mileage reimbursements for employees are standard in many industries. The approach is straightforward and seems fair. But the IRS-approved FAVR mileage reimbursement is being touted as a more...

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Wondering what portion of your mileage reimbursement rate should cover fuel costs? There is a way to calculate it and help determine whether your reimbursement rate can handle the recent spikes in...

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High fuel costs are here to stay for the foreseeable future. With both gas and diesel prices at historic highs and no end in sight, here are some ways to protect your business.

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A company provided vehicle has always been a huge perk. However, recent trends have made it more expensive to maintain a company fleet. Is switching to a car allowance or vehicle reimbursement a...

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Topics: Company Cars FAVR

In 2022, adaptability and flexibility are the keys to a competitive and cost-effective vehicle reimbursement program or car allowance. The pandemic has left both challenges and opportunities in its...

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In 2017, California approved a law that increases the gas tax every year on July 1 based on the California Consumer Price Index. As gas prices continue to rise, business owners face serious...

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In times of high gas prices, organizations that pay a car allowance feel pressure to provide employees with a gas card or fuel reimbursement. However, there are more cost-effective ways to protect...

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When an employee drives a personal vehicle as part of their job, the company typically reimburses the driver for the cost of the business use of the vehicle. Many employers pay a cents-per-mile rate...

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A growing number of states have expense indemnification labor codes. If your organization pays a car allowance or vehicle reimbursement, here’s how to ensure your compliance – even in times of high...

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Topics: Labor Codes

It's tax season again and time to review the IRS rules regarding business mileage deductions. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2017) made major changes to the rules around miscellaneous tax deductions that...

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With prices at the pump spiking, standard car allowances are being outstripped by driving expenses. Switching to a non-taxable car allowance could help employees while reining in high costs.

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Gas prices are spiking, adding even further to inflation. Understanding how this will affect employees who operate a vehicle for your company is important.

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As vehicle expenses increase, employees may complain that their car allowance isn't enough. Some employers may try adding a fuel card or fuel reimbursement. Others may switch entirely to a mileage...

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Interest in FAVR vehicle plans, also known as fixed and variable rate car allowances, is on the rise. Many organizations are wondering about this alternative to a standard taxable car allowance....

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The past three tax seasons have placed taxable car allowances under scrutiny because employees can no longer deduct business mileage to offset their taxes. Businesses are turning to non-taxable...

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Car allowances remain one of the most popular ways for employers to offset their employees' business vehicle expenses. However, few organizations take time to calculate a fair amount based on...

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Every year, when the IRS releases its new standard mileage rates, a new maximum standard automobile cost for FAVR programs is released. The cap for 2022 was increased significantly over 2021.

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Many organizations pay a car allowance only to realize that after taxes the car allowance doesn’t cover employees’ costs. So they add paying for employees’ fuel. But paying for fuel is not as easy as...

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Paying a car allowance with mileage substantiation? The time is now to re-evaluate your policy in light of current federal tax policy and economic pressures facing employees who drive personal...

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Both employers and employees often ask us whether their car allowance or mileage reimbursement should be taxed. Here’s a typical question and how we answer it:

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In 2022 take advantage of opportunities to offer a competitive car allowance and provide certainty for valued employees. After two years of disruptions, predictability of business reimbursements is...

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Is your car allowance taxable? It depends on whether it's an IRS-accountable plan or a non-accountable plan.

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It is often standard practice to reimburse vehicle expenses using the IRS business mileage rate. In the past, the IRS rate was often sufficient to comply even with California's strict labor laws....

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In 2022, it pays to outsource the administration of your company car allowance policy. Here are the top ten reasons why.

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You don’t have to overpay to reimburse your employees – unless, that is, you’re paying the IRS standard mileage rate. With ease comes a price, but there are alternatives.

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Your employer may provide you with a car allowance or a mileage reimbursement to pay for the business use of your personal vehicle. If your job requires you to use a vehicle to carry out...

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Topics: Car Allowance

In 2022 it will be as important as ever to offer a competitive car allowance or vehicle reimbursement. But with rising vehicle costs, this could get expensive. Auditing your policies can help you...

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If your company gives a gas card to employees or reimburses their fuel costs, it can be a challenge to control these costs. Last week we looked at five reasons to consider not directly paying for...

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If your company pays for its employees’ gas, you’ve bought yourself a costly problem. To avoid a fuel card or fuel reimbursement disaster, it’s time to start exploring other options.

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If you drive a personal vehicle for work, your employer may pay a mileage rate to offset the costs you incur. Once you know the mileage rate, it's easy to calculate the reimbursement. But is that...

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Employees who drive a personal vehicle for work often receive a vehicle allowance to offset costs. Most people receive the allowance as a monthly lump sum. But does that monthly payment cover all...

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If you can’t quantify what your car allowance covers, you could be in trouble. Vehicle costs have risen significantly, and employees no longer have the ability to deduct business mileage on their...

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Topics: Car Allowance

As the prices of new and used vehicles continue to rise and gas prices remain historically high, businesses are increasingly forced to ask whether the company car is still worth it.

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Topics: Company Cars

As the fourth quarter begins, we near the fourth year in which employees who receive a car allowance cannot write off mileage on their tax returns. This reality combined with rising gas prices,...

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The fixed and variable rate (FAVR) reimbursement provides a tax-free, defensible, and cost-effective tool to offset employee vehicle expenses. Leveraging data to reimburse auto expenses, FAVR is more...

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Topics: FAVR

From time to time, we like to feature a question we have received. This time, the question is about whether a fixed and variable rate reimbursement (aka FAVR car allowance) is superior to a...

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The IRS mileage rate was designed to be a tax deduction tool for individual taxpayers, but it has become the standard rate for business vehicle reimbursements. The results are costlier than you think.

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Company car allowances policies are often some of the most overlooked policies in the organization. But these policies are more important than many people realize.

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In 2017 Congress passed a massive tax reform for the years 2018-2025. Under the rules of these tax years, paying a taxable car allowance just isn't worth it.

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If your employees travel for business in their personal vehicles, and they receive a flat car allowance, you are probably violating California’s labor code. CA Labor Code, Section 2802(a), requires...

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It’s an HR manager’s worst nightmare. While working, an employee causes an auto accident with injuries. And the employee was uninsured. This is why businesses should mandate and verify employee auto...

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If an employee causes a car accident while on the job, the company will likely face some liability. Vehicular accidents are one of the leading causes of work-related injuries and fatalities. Let's...

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Topics: Risk

Without question, a company car is a huge perk. Employees get to drive a nice vehicle without all the expense and liability. The company can attract top talent while projecting a uniformly classy and...

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The state of California has the strictest labor laws in the country when it comes to auto allowances and vehicle reimbursements. Whether your company pays a monthly allowance or the IRS mileage rate,...

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If you provide a vehicle reimbursement to employees working in Illinois, gas tax increases could put your organization in a bind. The IRS business mileage rate cannot guarantee compliance with the...

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A car allowance is the simplest way to offset an employee’s cost of operating a personal vehicle for business use. Many organizations pay out the allowance every pay period as taxable compensation,...

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A standardized mileage rate, such as the IRS rate, and employee-reported mileage both can make it hard to control costs while supporting employees sufficiently – here are three best practices to fix...

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In the post-pandemic, post-tax reform economy, it is more important than ever to offer a flexible car reimbursement. The secret is to start with a standardized vehicle, not a standardized rate. This...

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Paying an equal car allowance or mileage rate has long been the norm. But today's economy requires a different approach. It all starts with a standardized vehicle.

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Your employees’ car insurance can cost the whole company if the coverage is too low. All it takes is a single car accident. You can protect your organization by following these guidelines for...

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Topics: Risk

What's an industry standard car allowance? Turns out, most companies ignore their employee car allowance when they could instead turn it into a business tool to attract and retain talent.

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Your standard auto allowance plan probably isn’t IRS-compliant. In this Q&A we'll tell you why, and how to create an accountable auto allowance plan.

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Every organization with employees who operate a vehicle on the job should have a vehicle safety policy. Addressing distracted driving is a key way to strengthen your organization's policy and reduce...

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When it comes to labor law, California has set the bar high when it comes to preventing employers from passing along expenses to employees. Here's a quick overview of CA Labor Code Section 2802 and...

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The recent spikes in gas prices may rise further. A couple of weeks ago, we discussed how prices at the pump can impact car reimbursements. Today let's take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

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Mileage reimbursements face scrutiny when employees discover that their rate isn’t covering their costs, even if you are using the IRS mileage rate. How will you answer when an employee asks you to...

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A company car is one of the most attractive benefits an employee can receive. But the IRS tax rules surrounding business vs. personal use of a company vehicle can be a challenge to administer.

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It's tax season, and filers will again be reminded that they cannot deduct miscellaneous business expenses if they are an employee. This means no mileage deduction for workers who receive a car...

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The fix and variable rate allowance (FAVR) provides a tax-free, defensible, and cost-effective tool to offset employee vehicle expenses.

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Topics: FAVR

Company car allowances policies are often some of the most overlooked policies in the organization. But these policies are more important than you might think.

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A company car is an amazing perk to an employee. But it is a high expense for an employer, and an underutilized tool during the pandemic, pushing some companies to look for alternatives. Here are...

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Each year, the IRS updates its rules and guidelines for non-taxable, accountable vehicle reimbursements. If your organization uses or is considering a FAVR car allowance, here's what you should know.

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As your business evaluates business vehicle plan options for 2021, adopting a fixed and variable rate reimbursement, also known as a FAVR car allowance, should be high on your list. Find out why we...

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Topics: FAVR

The year 2020 brought the COVID-19 pandemic and lots of economic disruption. As we head into 2021 opportunities abound to provide a more competitive car allowance, providing stability in the midst of...

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2020 has been a rough year for everyone. As you head into 2021, your business may be weighing whether to pay a car allowance or mileage reimbursement to employees. Our answer to this question may...

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California's ballot initiative, Proposition 22, passed by a 58 - 42 margin. What does this mean for other states?

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Topics: Labor Codes

[UPDATED] We now know what the IRS standard business mileage rate will be in 2021. Here are steps your organization can take to stay responsive to these changes.

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The 2019 and 2020 tax-filing seasons exposed inadequate car allowances and vehicle reimbursements. These were the first two years mobile employees could not write off unreimbursed business expenses....

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Your mileage reimbursements are only as accurate as your mileage tracking. Ensure that you’re equipped with the best electronic mileage logbook available.

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Though businesses across the country have reopened, many are still keeping their workers at home. For these organizations, it can seem reasonable to suspend vehicle reimbursement programs, such as a...

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With most restaurants shifting to take out and delivery over the past two months, many owners face the new challenge of properly reimbursing employees who have converted to delivering food to...

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If your organization provides a company vehicle to employees, now is a good time to evaluate the tools you are using to support this program. Adopting effective personal use chargeback procedures and...

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Topics: Company Cars

If your organization tracks employees' business mileage for tax purposes or reimbursements, it can be a tedious process. With the new generation of mileage trackers like our mobile app mLog, mileage...

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With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the majority of Americans to stay home, much of our workforce has gone remote. Under some state labor codes, that could require employers to take on additional...

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With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the United States, it's no longer "business as usual." As painful economic losses mount and more people work from home, we are entering an unprecedented phase. What...

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[Updated] On January 1, 2020, a new law went into effect in California that re-classifies many independent contractors as employees. California Assembly Bill 5 in combination with CA Labor Code 2802...

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The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act was amended effective January 1, 2019. This law places new requirements on reimbursements of employees. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Topics: Labor Codes

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