Setting up a Commuter Benefits program is not difficult. Ask your Human Resources staff to check out the Bike League website to learn more about this great program. Also, have them consult with company financial and legal staff to get the program set up.
If you are an employer who supports bicycling to work, learn about the Bicycle Commuter Tax Provision, which went into effect January 1, 2009. Great news! The Commuter Benefits tax-free/pre-tax program to encourage employees to commute by transit or vanpools has been expanded to include bicycles.
Employers can offer their employees up to $115 per month ($1,380 per year) to encourage commuting to work by transit or vanpool.
And now, employers may reimburse employees up to $20 per month ($240 per year) tax-free for reasonable expenses related to their bike commutes.
Dollar for dollar, it makes sense to offer Commuter Benefits. As a pre-tax payroll deduction, you can save on payroll taxes. As a subsidized benefit, it can be written off as a business expense. Thousands of employers across the country are offering "Commuter Benefits" to their employees, and you could be taking advantage of the savings too.