CONGRESS LISTENED, VOTED TO RESTORE PARITY AND MADE IT PERMANENT!
Commuters across the nation are rejoicing as Congress passed and the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 which included the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). This legislation amended Section 132(f) of the tax code and included very welcome news for commuters as it establishes permanent parity between the transit and parking portions of the Commuter Benefit. And further, thanks to a previously announced IRS cost-of-living adjustment, the cap amount will increase to $255 effective January 1, 2016.
This means an immediate additional tax savings of up to $600 in 2016 for many commuters!
Achieving permanent parity, the primary objective of the Commuter Benefits Work For Us coalition, is particularly gratifying and we would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all who supported our shared quest for permanent parity. This website generated over 150,000 letters to Members of Congress, proving that your voice can make a difference with elected officials.
Please consider taking a moment to click on this link and let your representatives in Congress know that you appreciate them acting on behalf of transit commuters across the country.
There is still much work to be done on commuter benefits such as broadening eligibility of the benefit (to include people who are self-employed, partners or independent contractors), and including bike-sharing programs in the benefit.
We hope that we can continue to count on your support.
About The Coalition
The purpose of the CommuterBenefitsWorksForUs.com coalition is to promote transit and vanpooling through the use of federal, state and local tax programs in order to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality while supporting American families and the general economy. The coalition includes employer groups, trade associations, public agencies, transit operators, private businesses and concerned citizens working together to provide and/or support the use of commuter benefits to achieve the goals of our country and its citizens.
The transit portion of the Commuter Benefit is an employer-provided Federal tax benefit that allows working families to save money on their daily commutes by paying for their transit expenses with pre-tax dollars. The benefit is a significant incentive for commuters to use public transportation. It helps reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and save energy. It also saves businesses of all sizes critical dollars through a reduction in payroll taxes that are reinvested in our economy to create new jobs and retain current employees.
Over the years, there have been various efforts by Members of Congress of both parties to reconcile the difference between the parking and transit portions of the Commuter Benefit. Most recently, strong bi-partisan support in the Senate and House of Representatives combined with lobbying from a broad range of business, environmental, employer and advocacy groups, culminated in achieving permanent parity. The CommuterBenefitsWorksForUs coalition, and our supporters, were instrumental in making this happen.