Commute Rewards - Tax Benefits

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Pay for certain commute costs with pre-tax* dollars and reap the benefits. Under Section 132(F) of federal tax code, an employer can offer its employees up to $130 per month for qualified transit or vanpool costs, and up to $250 in parking costs. Or, an employer may offer $20 per month for bicycling costs.

Here's how to take advantage of the benefit:

  • Ask your employer if Commuter Tax Benefits are offered. Usually your Human Resources or Benefits department will know. If benefits are not offered, ask an Employer Services Representative at 511 Rideshare to help you get started.
  • Make sure you're using a qualifying commute alternative. The benefit is available to commuters who travel in a vanpool, use public transit or pay for qualified parking. (Carpooling does not currently qualify for pre-tax benefits.)

Resources:

For more about Commuter Tax Benefits, or if your employer can't answer your questions, visit our Employer Services Representative page to talk to someone who can point you in the right direction. (Note that contacts below or in the Employer section do not have tax specialists on staff and are not qualified to give tax advice.)

*Internal Revenue Code Section 132 (F), as amended by TEA-21, Title IX, Section 910

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