Do you travel in your vehicle on behalf of a qualified charitable organization? In lieu of keeping track of your actual expenses, you may use a standard mileage rate of 14 cents per mile, plus related tolls and parking fees, to arrive at the deduction.

Unlike the IRS-approved standard mileage rates for business reasons, job-related moving expenses (military personnel only) or medical travel, this rate is set statutorily and is not adjusted on an annual basis. And it has not changed since 1997.

Happy travels: If your charitable-related travel expenses are extensive, it may be worthwhile to record the actual expenses.