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Old 08-03-17, 07:19 AM
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Commuter Reimbursement Benefit

Does anyone work for a company that let's them take advantage of the Commuter Reimbursement Benefit? Essentially... employers may provide a reimbursement of up to $20 per month tax-free to employees that bike to work for more than half of their commutes. Just curious.

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Old 08-03-17, 10:06 AM
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Yup. I just digitally sign an on-line form every month, get $20 added to paycheck.

This has been discussed here before, have a search.
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I heard that if you get this benefit, then you don't qualify for the mass transit benefit, so I won't even bother asking if we have the cycling benefit at my workplace. The mass transit benefit in NYC is to funnel up to $130 per month into a tax free purchase plan, and I use almost all of it. I guess it saves me $30/month, which isn't tremendous, but I'll happily take it.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I heard that if you get this benefit, then you don't qualify for the mass transit benefit, so I won't even bother asking if we have the cycling benefit at my workplace. The mass transit benefit in NYC is to funnel up to $130 per month into a tax free purchase plan, and I use almost all of it. I guess it saves me $30/month, which isn't tremendous, but I'll happily take it.
This is true and the reason why the cycling benefit isn't very popular. Most people that take advantage of mass transit commuting and/or parking in addition to their cycling would be better off going with the transit or parking since their mutually exclusive.
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Bike to Work Scheme in the UK!
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Old 08-06-17, 12:14 PM
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I wish.

My employer, a branch of the Great State of Wisconsin, does not offer it. I am, however, eligible for a pre-tax deduction to pay for a parking permit. (I get incredibly annoyed by this: millions of dollars go to pay for new parking structures, but there are no incentives to transport oneself to work by foot or bike.)
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Old 08-06-17, 01:26 PM
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All the fees that motorists pay they claim that pay for roads only cover 60% according to some studies. There cettainly should be enough money from the subsidized portion to rebate non-motorists as incentives and encouragement to not use cars for commuting.
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Old 08-07-17, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
This has been discussed here before, have a search.
New people come on this forum and I would never in a million years have thought to search for a payback program ran by the IRS.

Thank you KCBikeCommuter. I'm going to call my employer today to inquire about it.
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Old 08-07-17, 03:38 PM
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All the fees that motorists pay they claim that pay for roads only cover 60% according to some studies. There cettainly should be enough money from the subsidized portion to rebate non-motorists as incentives and encouragement to not use cars for commuting.
Except, there is also a similar benefit for drivers to pay for parking. And for a long time, the upper limit for the pre-tax benefit was higher for drivers than for transit commuters, so they offered an even bigger incentive to car owners to drive to work. I'm not sure what the tax code is trying to achieve, but it is not to offer an incentive to take mass transit.
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
All the fees that motorists pay they claim that pay for roads only cover 60% according to some studies. There cettainly should be enough money from the subsidized portion to rebate non-motorists as incentives and encouragement to not use cars for commuting.
Except, there is also a similar benefit for drivers to pay for parking. And for a long time, the upper limit for the pre-tax benefit was higher for drivers than for transit commuters, so they offered an even bigger incentive to car owners to drive to work (the maximum benefit is now $255 for both). I'm not sure what the tax code is trying to achieve, but it is not to offer an incentive to take mass transit.

I've been using the transit benefit since it was first offered over a decade ago by my employer. Even though I bike to work most days, like Noglider, I find the transit benefit too valuable to give up for a measly $20. I don't know if my employer offers the bicycle commuting benefit, but I doubt it. @noglider, if you add your Federal (at your highest marginal rate), state, and city taxes, I'm pretty sure you save a lot more than $30, or 23%.
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Originally Posted by rachel120 View Post
New people come on this forum and I would never in a million years have thought to search for a payback program ran by the IRS.
I wasn't trying to be snippy - there's a lot of good info in those other threads - it is worth a search.

Like how different employers implement it, how much you have to document, etc.

The basic rule is that you have to do at least half of your commute miles on a bike, and you have to actually spend as much as you get on something bike related. In some cases that's a lot of documentation, in others it's just clicking a box on an e-form.

I don't know how that integrates with other transit benefits - if the train passes don't require that you do at least half your commute miles on trains, then you ought to be able to get both train passes AND bike benefit.
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
I wish.

My employer, a branch of the Great State of Wisconsin, does not offer it. I am, however, eligible for a pre-tax deduction to pay for a parking permit. (I get incredibly annoyed by this: millions of dollars go to pay for new parking structures, but there are no incentives to transport oneself to work by foot or bike.)
The solution seems to be to charge yourself to park your bike

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Old 08-11-17, 01:14 PM
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This is interesting and it seems to be a possible addition to my work carpool benefit.
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In the Los Angeles area, the air pollution regulations require any company with over 50 employees at a site to have an 'alternative commute' plan to get people out of their cars. Where I work we build up points that are worth $$$ depending on how you commute (bike, walk, carpool, mass transit, other?), and you redeem the points for gift cards every fiscal quarter (specific cards or generic ones). I typically just get a card for the grocery store I normally shop at (everyone's gotta eat, so why not?), and its about $150 every three months/$50 per month.
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
My employer, a branch of the Great State of Wisconsin, does not offer it. I am, however, eligible for a pre-tax deduction to pay for a parking permit. (I get incredibly annoyed by this: millions of dollars go to pay for new parking structures, but there are no incentives to transport oneself to work by foot or bike.)
Can you get a specific reserved space, then bolt a rack down in the middle of it?
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Now that I'm working in a bike shop, my "commuter benefit" is that I can work on my bike any time things get slow, and get parts at cost. I think I've already beat $20 in savings this month.
Owner's happy because between his gravel bike and my heavily customized 7100, we've got two good examples of bikes that actually get ridden decent distances by big guys (I'm 5'11" 200lbs, he's 6'4" and closer to 300) on less-than-ideal roads (chipseal country) and do just fine on 700Cx28s with narrow saddles. Blows a huge hole in the "I need big tires and a squishy saddle a foot wide to ride a half mile down the sidewalk" thing.
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The tax credit to employers to fund the $20/month bicycle commuter benefit is not part of the tax bill that's passing in Congress.

I have received over $1200 from this program since it started about 6 years ago.

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Now that I'm working in a bike shop, my "commuter benefit" is that I can work on my bike any time things get slow, and get parts at cost. I think I've already beat $20 in savings this month.
Owner's happy because between his gravel bike and my heavily customized 7100, we've got two good examples of bikes that actually get ridden decent distances by big guys (I'm 5'11" 200lbs, he's 6'4" and closer to 300) on less-than-ideal roads (chipseal country) and do just fine on 700Cx28s with narrow saddles. Blows a huge hole in the "I need big tires and a squishy saddle a foot wide to ride a half mile down the sidewalk" thing.
i used to work in a bike shop. the discount was wonderful except i just kept buying things.
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Yes, I take the subsidy -- $20 a month paid out twice annually. It is correct that we cannot take the mass transit subsidy if we take the bicycle subsidy. I work for the federal government in Washington, DC
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my employer has said it is too complicated to track and process therefore they do not offer it.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
The tax credit to employers to fund the $20/month bicycle commuter benefit is not part of the tax bill that's passing in Congress.

I have received over $1200 from this program since it started about 6 years ago.

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My company didn't provide this, but I'm disappointed for those of you whose did.
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I have been emailing my HR department for almost 3 years now in an effort to get this going. I've been extremely nice, emailed reminders every other month or so nothing too persistent. I've done this to the extent that they are no longer answering my emails. It is extremely frustrating to me since our company is a huge supporter of environmental concerns. They even offer us a free day off to volunteer for those types of things. I know it's a meager amount of money.. it's not enough to convince anyone to try commuting.. but it''s enough to motivate someone to keep going.
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sadly- I work for a multinational co. they will reimburse for public transportation, but nothing else, and I can't use that for either of my commutes... instead I drive 42 miles each way to one site and will be bike commuting to the other (right now I drive the 6 miles each way). For some employees in some areas it helps, but not for anyone at either of my locations. On the other hand- the inner city Detroit clinic I work at has a gated secured parking area company provided, so that helps.
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my employer has said it is too complicated to track and process therefore they do not offer it.
MAny employers find the administration isn't worth it for the number of employees involved.
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Commute times are getting longer and longer. Now, if businesses were to add commute times on top of their employees' pay, I'm sure the business community will find creative and practical ways to mitigate traffic congestion.

These administration costs may just be worth it.
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