Tuesday, April 12, 2011

As gas prices surge, what's your reimbursement?

In a Page One story today, The Indianapolis Star says the metro area's average price for unleaded regular has jumped to $3.99 a gallon, up $1.44 from a year ago. That's close to the highest average ever for the area: $4.14, set June 15, 2008.

Three questions:
  • What are you paying per gallon for unleaded regular?
  • How much is Gannett reimbursing you per mile?
  • When's the last time your site changed its reimbursement rate?


  1. $3.73.
    A couple years ago.

  2. The rate set by the federal government's official Government Services Administration is 50 cents a mile. They set it annually. It is due to be adjusted this month.

  3. Actually the government rate is .51 for 2011. My wife receives that rate per mile for her job, I am getting .37. Gas is 3.89-4.29 around here, it isn't enough to cover my vehicle costs.

  4. 41 cents in Lansing. It's adjusted monthly.

  5. I once worked for a company that paid mileage on the basis of the GSA survey. It took about three months for accounting to catch up with the revised rate, but they were very decent about this basic expense. The rates some are citing above are rip-offs. They can't force you to use your own car, so tell them you will have to take a taxi unless they improve the rates. Make sure you get a taxi receipt.

  6. $.26 here and it just went down!! Go figure!!

  7. I'm not sure what our sales representatives get per mile, but it's not enough when you have to shopping, or to the gym, or tanning salon, or back home to watch television, or go to the library to kill a few hours, instead of selling.

  8. .25 a mile at APP. it was .23 until a few years ago. 3.59 a gallon today

  9. @6:17- blow me. You have no idea what we (ad reps) have to put up with. These days most of us only make base pay. And I guarantee that it's lower than what you make.

  10. Previous paper was 23 cents a mile; 26 cents for "road warriors" who drive more than 40k miles per year - usually the sports writers.

  11. 6:17, sounds like a typical day for some of the sales people at the courier-post in new jersey.

  12. 2:29 at my site we get .27 a mile but I am tired of the example you give. If gas is 3.89 a gallon and your car holds 15 gallons it costs you $58 bucks to fill up your tank. If your car gets 20 miles a gallon you can drive 300 miles. At .27 a mile you'd get $81. So stop telling us how you can't afford to operate your car. And don't tell me about the other expenses of driving your car. We are talking gas vs reimbursement. Sorry haters and Jim but you can't support your position. Of course that doesn't usually matter here. Not a Troll and loving it.

  13. Ha and one mire thing, anyone who quotes any government program is a moron. Nothing in government works. If the government is paying .50 a mile it must be a failed program.

  14. Actually @831, do you get up from your desk much? It takes a lot more than gas to run a car. Why do you think so many eliminated the company cars Einstein? Everyone who drives for this company is paying far more freight than GCI. They like it that way. Who can blame 'em?

  15. "I'm a motorist"4/12/2011 10:46 PM

    AAA's last cost calculation was 56 cents per mile

  16. Anyone high up in accounting, here's my question:
    How does Gannett account for the mileage expense they pay out to employees?
    I mean, if an employee is reimbursed 26¢/mile and the government says it should be 51¢, does Gannett take advantage of that and take a 51¢ expense deduction on the liabilities side of the ledger?

    And if they do, would that be a crime?

  17. I can't see a way to legally deduct an expense you haven't actually incurred. That's tax fraud.

    Now, the employee ought to at least try deducting the unreimbursed portion of auto expenses.

  18. Here in the uk, working for Newsquest, the uk arm of Gannett we pay £6 per gallon and can claim back 11pence per mile, think we are being shafted!!!

  19. Same thing. .26 cents a mile. No change since 2008 when it was decreased. Told gas price increases within the 1st months of the year were just temporary. We did get some advice on how to save gas. They said not to put alot in your car, pump up your tires and make sure you use the gas that your car requires.

  20. If you itemize deductions, you can write off the spread between GCI's measly reimbursement and the federal mileage rate. I've been doing it for years. You're not exactly getting your money back, but it's a help.

  21. For 8:31
    I’ll take whatever it really costs to operate a car. Not a hard thing to figure out. Just ask management how much they play for the vehicles they do own and operate for the company. I’m sure it isn’t 20 something cents per mile.

    Don’t just rely on the government. AAA, car rental companies or any other company that operates a fleet of vehicles keeps this type of info. (By the way it’s more than the government pays.)
    You make it seem like you never have to replace that car. You’re being as short sighted as those that force their employees to underwrite there operating expenses to keep their job. Sure it isn’t much if you sit in the office but if you’re putting 30 or 40 thousand miles a year on your personal car you’re going to have to replace it soon. The vast majority of my miles aren’t personal. I’m forced to use it for the company to keep my job. They should fairly compensate me for the miles that they use. I’ll pick up my own expenses. The real question is how much does it cost to drive a car one mile including depreciation, insurance, maintenance, ect.
    That’s where they should assume the real cost and stop counting on the employees to subsidies the actual cost of running their business.
    If it’s such a great deal I’m more that willing to let them “make money” but paying the expense of a company car. They can reap all those great benefits that they now pass on to me and still write it off as a business expense. What a deal.

  22. As an evil corporate employee until about a month ago, I got 21 cents a mile, and had to take my own car out of town often. It was ridiculous. I took the difference between what the government allows and what Gannett paid me on my taxes, and it still made a nice deduction.

    Not my problem any more. That is my mantra now. It feels pretty good most of the time.

  23. Jim, & 9:57 am:
    Correct on both.
    I don't see a way for Gannett to deduct more than the .2X¢/mile they reimburse employees, but how ARE they doing it now?

    And yes, IF you itemize, you can deduct the difference.
    But most people don't itemize unless they own a home, I believe.
    So if you're one of the tens of thousands of low-paid Gannett employees and rent, you're stuck.

    BREAKING NEWS: Obama wants to cancel the mortgage interest deduction for the top 2% of wage earners, per his speech this afternoon.


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