After Tax Meal Calculations

This 23 year chart is an after tax comparison of the two systems discussed in the book “Making Your Miles Count: Taxes, Taxes, Taxes”.  The difference consistently becomes larger year over year because non-taxable benefits increase twice per year at a rate usually greater than inflation.  The TL2 simplified method increases only randomly, for example: 2003 ($33.00 to $45.00), 2006 ($45.00 to $51.00), 2007 (start of the increase from 50%-80% deductible).