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Section 132 (Parking and Mass Transit Plan)

 

Your commute could be saving your money.

Use tax-free dollars to pay for your commute by bus, rail, or ferry and any parking near these commuter stations or your workplace.

 

What is a commuter account?

A commuter account is an employer-sponsored benefit program that allows an employee to set aside pre-tax funds in separate accounts to pay for qualified mass transit and parking expenses associated with your commute to work. 

 

Eligible Expenses Include:

 

Mass Transit

Get reimbursed for transit passes, tokens, fare cards, vouchers, or similar items entitling you to ride a mass transit vehicle to or from work.  The mass transit vehicle may be publicly or privately operated and includes bus, rail, or ferry.

 

Van-Pooling

Van-pooling is not to be confused with carpooling.  Van-pooling requires a commuter highway vehicle with a seating capacity of at least 7 adults, including the driver.  At least 80 percent of the vehicle mileage must be for transporting employees between their homes and workplace, with employees occupying at least one-half of the vehicles's seats (not including the driver's seat).

 

Parking

Get reimbursed for parking expenses incurred at or near your work location or a location from which you continue your commute to work by car pool, van pool or mass transit.  Out-of-pocket parking fees for parking meters, garages and lots qualify.  Parking at or near your home is not an eligible expense.

 

Why should I enroll in a commuter account?

Mass transit has always been eco-friendly and a great way to get some work done on your commute, but there is a new reason to get excited about your commute.  Participating in a commuter account puts money back in your wallet!  Contributions to a commuter account are free from federal and state income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes and remain tax-free when it is reimbursed for eligible expenses.  If you pay for mass transit, van-pooling, or parking on your commute to work, you'll want to take advantage of the savings this plan offers.

 

How much can I contribute?

Monthly limits are set by the IRS.  For 2016, contributions for transits and van-pooling are limited to $132 per month.  Parking contributions are limited to $255 per month.  Your monthly balance is carried forward and you can make adjustments to your contribution, join, or terminate plan participation at any time.

 

How does it work?

You authorize your employer to deduct a pre-tax amount for parking or van-pooling/transit from each paycheck, up to the IRS limits stated above.  You pay for the qualified transportation with your Peak1 Debit Card or you can pay out of pocket and then file a claim for reimbursement using the Peak1 Mobile App or accessing your account online.