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Section 132 Transit & Parking Plan benefit amount — 2018 update

Section 132 Plan benefit amount for parking and transit plans remains unchanged for 2017.

Internal Revenue Code Section 132 and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) allow employers to offer employees the opportunity to set aside a portion of their salary in a Transit and Parking FSA to pay for certain transportation expenses. The employee will not be taxed on amounts set aside and used for qualified expenses (that is, pre-tax dollars are used to pay the commuting expenses).

Each year’s Section 132 Plan benefit amount is found in the corresponding year’s IRS Publication 15-B, Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits.

For 2017 the maximum monthly pre-tax contribution allowance for mass transit and van-pool is $255.00 per month with an additional monthly allowance of $255.00 for parking.

For 2018 the maximum monthly pre-tax contribution allowance increases by $5 per month. For mass transit and van-pool the monthly allowance is $260.00 per month; with an additional monthly allowance of $260.00 for parking. For complete details on the 2018 IRS Inflation Adjustments, please view: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-17-58.pdf

If you are missing out on this benefit, consider the savings available to you and your employees when pre-tax
dollars are used to pay for these qualified commuter expenses:

  • Transit Passes A pass, token, fare card, voucher or similar item entitling a person to transportation on mass transit facilities or provided by a person who transports people for compensation or hire in a vehicle which seats at least six adults, excluding the driver.

  • Qualified Parking Parking provided on or near the employer’s business premises or at a location from which the employee commutes by carpool, commuter highway vehicle, etc.

  • Commuter Highway Vehicle (Van Pool) Transportation provided by an employer to an employee, in a vehicle which seats at least six adults (excluding the driver), in connection with travel between the employee’s home and work, provided that 80% of the vehicle’s mileage is reasonably expected to be for transporting employee from home to work or on trips where at least half of the adult seating capacity is filled by employees.

  • Commuter expenses that do not qualify for reimbursement:

    – Walking;

    – Carpooling; and,

    – Rollerblading or Roller-boarding to work.

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