Commuter Benefit Policies

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Commuter Benefit Policies
Commuter benefit policies may make this less painful. (rush hours image by sasha from

Technically, commuters are all those people who are travelling to work. Employers, non-profit organisations and government programs ease the cost or hassle of commutes.

Transit Passes

Employers and non-profit offer free or reduced cost transit passes to employees who do not drive. If employees purchase them, they may use pre-tax dollars. Internal Revenue Service guidance states that the maximum tax-free benefit is £149 per month per employee.

Commuter Benefit Policies
Trains and buses serve mass transit needs. (Metro Red Line image by dwight9592 from


Employers provide parking passes or can offer tax-free benefits of up to £149 per month for parking, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Some employers offer free on-site parking for employees.

Commuter Benefit Policies
Tax-free parking benefits are more valuable than cash. (parking image by Empath from

Maintaining a Bicycle

Bicycles were officially re-recognised as a mode of transportation in the federal tax code with the passage of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. Beginning with January 2009, employers could offer tax-free incentives to employees who bike to work.

Commuter Benefit Policies
Bicycles are great for short commutes. (bicycle image by david harding from

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