The synod compensation guidelines for pastors and other church staff workers includes the following provision:
Automobile and other work-related travel expenses are business expenses for the congregation and should not be regarded as part of the pastor’s salary. The current IRS mileage reimbursement rate, based on actual miles driven and reported by the pastor using his/her personal vehicle, should be used by congregations. Congregations are advised to stay abreast of current IRS regulations pertaining to auto expense reimbursement rates.
The standard IRS mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) are:
|Purpose||2016 Rates||2015 Rates|
|Business||54¢ per mile||57.5¢ per mile|
|Medical / Moving||19¢ per mile||23¢ per mile|
|Volunteer / Charitable||14¢ per mile||14¢ per mile|
Congregations and other ministry agencies are encouraged to check irs.gov for any changes in standard mileage rates before calling/hiring new staff or revising compensation packages for current staff.