Peterson and Nolan introduce the Volunteer Driver Tax Appreciation Act

Congressman Collin C. Peterson has cosponsored the Volunteer Driver Tax Appreciation Act which would boost the IRS federal reimbursement rates for charitable drivers from 14 cents to 54.5 cents per mile.

“It’s my belief that we have a responsibility to help serve those who have served us. This measure will help reduce the financial stresses for volunteers who assist seniors across the country,” said Peterson. “I will continue efforts in improving services for all seniors.”

Seniors who are unable to drive will often rely on volunteer drivers to take them from place to place. On average, it costs more than 3 times to use a taxi service rather than have a volunteer driver. Many volunteer drivers are retirees or military veterans living on fixed incomes. The bill’s language would align the reimbursement rate for charitable driving with that of businesses, thus allowing appropriate reimbursement for volunteer drivers.

A recent change to IRS reimbursement guidelines for charitable driving made this action necessary. The release from the IRS highlighting these changes can be found here. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/standard-mileage-rates-for-2018-up-from-rates-for-2017

A number of organizations throughout the 7th District provide transportation services for seniors. Seniors in need of transport services can find local programs through the state database at https://www.minnesotahelp.info/SpecialTopics/Seniors/Search?sm=All&q=Senior+Ride+Programs&loc=Detroit+Lakes%2C+MN+56501&geo=46.817181%2C-95.845325&reg=Becker%2C+MN