The change increases the public transit commuter benefit for eligible employees whose companies participate in the program from $125 a month to $240 a month. It is now on par with the $240 a month pre-tax parking benefit.
The pre-tax transit commuter benefit, which is also available to vanpool participants, can save each individual hundreds of dollars a year on trips to and from work, officials said.
In 2012, the amount of income that commuters who use mass transit were eligible to shelter from taxes to pay their fares dropped to $125 monthly from $230 a month, while the tax-free parking benefit for drivers increased by $10, to $240 monthly, as the result of a cost-of-living adjustment. The reduction in the transit benefit was due to Congress’ failure to renew the higher limit.
Under the fiscal cliff legislation that Congress passed this week, the $240 a month in pre-tax income that can be used for transit will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012, officials said, but the details must still be worked out. Employees of participating companies should check with their benefits provider for specific information, officials said.
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