The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has recently published updated mileage and subsistence rates for the public service, which are effective from 1 September 2022. These rates may also, be used by private sector employers for the reimbursement of employee travel expenses on a tax-free basis.
The current rates and mileage bands have been in place since 1st April 2017 and have been reviewed in the context of current motoring costs. The revised rates are based on a methodology that reflects changes in technology, road conditions, commuter behaviour, and car ownership patterns. It also considers the Government’s commitments about the Climate Action Plan 2021 (CAP 21).
A dedicated rate for Electric Vehicles (EVs) has been introduced as part of these changes.
Civil Service Subsistence Rates
Some changes have also been made to the reimbursement rates for accommodation. The overnight rate has been increased from €147 to €167. No changes have been made to the 5 and 10 hour subsistence day rates, which were last revised in December 2021. The current Civil Service subsistence rates are set out below