GSA Per Diem Rates 2021 & GSA Mileage Rate 2021 - Government Mileage Rate

*Updated December 22, 2020*

The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued the 2021 per diem rates and GSA mileage rates for 2021 in Notice 2021-02. The 2021 GSA mileage rate is 56 cents per mile, down 1.5 cents from the rate for 2020 mileage, which was 57.5 cents per mile.

What is the Current 2021 Federal Mileage Reimbursement Rate?

If you're looking for GSA mileage rate 2021, stay tuned. Here are the 2021 current government mileage rates:

  • 56 cents per mile for business use
  • 16 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes for qualified active duty members of the Armed Forces, down 1 cent from the rate for 2020
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations, the rate is set by statute and remains unchanged from 2020.

The standard mileage rate for business use is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs: IRS Mileage Rates 2021.

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GSA per diem rates 2021

For the 2021 GSA per diem rates, the rates remain the same as the 2020 GSA per diem rates:

  • $151 per day in the lower 48 states for regular (non high-cost) localities ($96 lodging, $55 meals and incidental expenses)
  • A full list of all cities and per diems is located here.

However, you might now be wondering, what's the difference between a low-cost and a high-cost city?

That's determined by the GSA. They make changes yearly based on historical data. That means that where you travel will determine your per diem. Some cities cost less to travel to and stay in than others. This per diem is meant to cover expenses for lodging and meals for federal travelers.

According to the GSA "FY 2020 Per Diem Highlights," most of the continental U.S. is covered by the standard CONUS per diem rate.

In 2020, there are 322 Non-Standard Areas (NSAs) that have per diem rates higher than the standard CONUS rate.

You can see which cities remain on the non-standard list here.

Helpful Per Diem Guidelines to Remember:

  • As a reminder, here are some per diem guidelines you should remember for 2021:
  • Keep track of your expenses so that you can be reimbursed for the cost of meals, gas, lodging, and other traveling expenses.
  • For lodging, get an itemized receipt of the hotel stay.
  • Per diem does not cover personal expenses or entertainment such as in-room charges.
  • Lodging on Federal per diem rates do not include taxes and can be reimbursed separately

Related Article: Can You Afford Healthy Food On A Per Diem?

gsa per diem - What does it mean for you?

What THESE PER DIEM MILEAGE RATES mean for employers:

If you're planning a trip, be sure to look up which cities are still on the list for NSAs (Non-Standard Areas). Then, make adjustments as necessary to your per diem calculations. It's a smart idea to be prepared. 

What 2021 gsa per diem rates mean for our customers:

To facilitate mileage updates in DATABASICS, click here for instructions.

If you're still tracking per diems manually, an automated per diem management and mileage tracking system cut down on the time it takes to manage your per diems. Per diem management software is more functional and easier to use. Plus, it's easier to implement. Nowadays, you can even manage per diems and do mileage tracking for federal employees on your phone or tablet.

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