Commuter Tax Benefits
Did you know you can pay for certain commute costs with pre-tax dollars and reap the benefits every day? Under Section 132F of federal tax code, an employer can offer its employees up to $105 per month for transit, vanpool and qualified parking costs.
Here’s how to take advantage of the benefit:
- Find out if your employer offers Commuter Tax Benefits. Your designated Employer Transportation Coordinator (ETC), or you Human Resources staff should be able to tell you. If they don't now offer these benefits, you can see if they'll consider offering it.
If you are driving a van, but your vanpool is not registered with SACOG’s 511 Ridematch Service, you may be missing out on some of these great benefits.
- Make sure you’re using a qualifying commute alternative. The benefit is available to commuters who are in a vanpool, take public transit or use qualified parking. (Carpooling is unfortunately not a qualified alternative because it is difficult to account for its costs.)