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December 9, 2019

2020 Trucker Per Diem Rates & Tax Brackets

Mark Sullivan- Per Diem Plus
Mark W. Sullivan, EA
Mark is our transportation industry expert and has over a decade of experience advising clients on IRS accountable per diem programs. 

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The IRS has released the special trucker per diem rates and tax brackets for 2020.


The 2020-2021 per diem rates can be found HERE


Trucker Per Diem Rates

The 2020 special trucker per diem rates for taxpayers in the transportation industry remain unchanged from 2018-2019 and are $66 for any locality of travel in the continental United States (CONUS) and $71 for any locality of travel outside the continental United States (OCONUS). See section 4.04 of Rev. Proc. 2011-47 (or successor).

  • Furthermore, it is section 4.04 that allows an Owner-Operator or a motor carrier that offers a company-sponsored per diem plan to deduct 80% of per diem. 
  • The tax deductibility of per diem is limited to 50% for the other substantiated per diem options governed by Section 4.01 and 5 of Rev. Proc. 2011-47.

Standard Deduction & Personal Exemption

The standard deduction for single filers will increase by $200, and by $400 for married couples filing jointly.

The personal exemption for 2020 remains eliminated.

2020 Tax Brackets

In 2020, the income limits for all tax brackets and all filers will be adjusted for inflation and will be as follows. The top marginal income tax rate of 37 percent will hit taxpayers with taxable income of $518,400 and higher for single filers and $622,050 and higher for married couples filing jointly.

Qualified Business Income Deduction (Sec. 199A)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a 20 percent deduction for pass-through businesses against up to $163,300 of qualified business income for single taxpayers and $326,600 for married taxpayers filing jointly.

Earned Income Tax Credit

The maximum Earned Income Tax Credit in 2020 for single and joint filers is $538, if there are no children. The maximum credit is $3,584 for one child, $5,920 for two children, and $6,660 for three or more children. All these are relatively small increases from 2019.


Get in touch with the experts at Per Diem Plus today to discuss a smooth rollout for your system.


About Per Diem Plus

Per Diem Plus is a proprietary mobile software application that was designed by truckers and built by tax pros. It is the only IRS-compliant mobile app for iOS and Android that automatically tracks each qualifying day of travel in the USA & Canada and replaces ELD backups (logbooks) to substantiate away-from-home travel.


Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only and cannot be cited as precedent or relied upon in a tax dispute before the IRS.

Copyright 2019 Per Diem Plus, LLC. Per Diem Plus proprietary software is the trademark of Per Diem Plus, LLC.®


Internal Revenue Service, “Revenue Proc. 2019-44,” https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-19-44.pdf.

2 comments on “2020 Trucker Per Diem Rates & Tax Brackets”

  1. Thank you for offering the app one month free
    and have plans to do that
    ? Is how many hours are required and/or miles to qualify for $49.50 the next day. Thank you,
    Jerene S

    1. Jerene, To qualify for partial per diem ($49.50) a driver must start a trip AFTER noon or return from a trip BEFORE noon with Per Diem Plus.

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