Commuter Benefits

Allow your employees to commute to work tax-free!

Commuter Benefits

A commuter account is an employer-sponsored benefit program that allows your employees to set aside pre-tax funds in separate accounts to pay for qualified mass transit and parking expenses associated with their commute to work.

What is a qualified Mass Transit expense? Qualified expenses include transit passes, tokens,fare cards, vouchers, or similar items entitling you to ride a mass transit vehicle to or from work. The mass transit vehicle may be publicly or privately operated and includes bus, rail, or ferry.

What qualifies as van-pooling? Van-pooling is not to be confused with carpooling. Van-pooling requires a commuter highway vehicle
with a seating capacity of at least 7 adults, including the driver. At least 80 percent of the vehicle mileage must be for transporting employees between their homes and workplace with employees occupying at least one-half of the vehicle’s seats (not including the
driver’s seat).

What is a qualified parking expense? Get reimbursed for parking expenses incurred at or near your work location or a location from which you continue your commute to work by car pool, vanpool or mass transit. Out-of-pocket parking fees for parking meters, garages and lots qualify. Parking at or near your home is not an eligible expense.

Your employee’s commute just got easier!

You can now use your OCA commuter benefit and pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible uberPOOL, Lyft Line, and Via rides associated with your daily commute. No longer will you have to be at the mercy of public transit schedules. Simply request a ride via the appropriate app, select your benefit debit card as your payment method, and start saving.

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Commuter FAQ

Learn more about plan limits, election process, reimbursement rules, and more.

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