Fruitful Commute Programs

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Effective Commute Programs Critical parts include: A dynamic and informed Employee Transportation Coordinator (you!)     Guaranteed ride home Parking administration Incentives or subsidies for non-drive alone driving

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What is a Commute Subsidy? A budgetary advantage the business gives all the time, to individual representatives – or workers who drive together - that straightforwardly brings down their expenses of driving. free or reduced transport/rail/ship/vanpool passes (travel appropriations) money or vouchers for drive costs

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Subsidy is the business' decision Amount and qualification prerequisites of any endowment are the business' choice. Contemplations: motivational estimation of appropriation - do you need it to change conduct or just reward existing conduct? budgetary requirements Instrument to be utilized assessment suggestions

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How can businesses finance representative drives? Transport, Rail - Share the cost of or give workers a travel pass or tickets; permit representatives to utilize pre-impose salary to buy pass Vanpool - Share cost of or give representatives a travel pass; markdown or give stopping; permit workers to utilize pre-assess pay to pay toll Carpool - Give money or other motivating force; rebate or give stopping Bicycling & Walking - Give money or other impetus, bike, strolling shoes

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What items can be utilized to finance travel? PugetPass FlexPass Commuter Bonus Voucher

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Annual travel pass Purchase at all workers Cost depends on where organization is found and assessed ridership. $4.75 confront esteem = all zone passage Monthly, 3-month or yearly travel pass Purchase the same number of or as few goes as required for workers who utilize travel Price depends on travel trip length $1.75 - $4.75 confront values decides trip length FlexPass – Puget Pass Comparison

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Valid on customary Metro and Sound Transit transport administration and Sounder Commuter Rail. at least 500 workers: alternatives incorporate Home Free Guarantee (HFG), vanpool, CT and PT. Under 500 representatives incorporates: $75/mo. Vanpool, $20/mo. Vanshare and HFG No ship Valid on Metro Transit, Community Transit, Everett Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Sounder Commuter Rail. No HFG No Vanpool No Vanshare Can incorporate ship FlexPass – Puget Pass Features Comparison

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Order and convey passes yearly with client (worker) assention Employer must finance 50 – 100% of the cost of every pass Annual Survey required for 500+ passes Order and disseminate passes month to month to representatives No prerequisite for business sponsorship FlexPass – Puget Pass Administrative Comparison

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FlexPass – Puget Pass Cost Comparison

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Commuter Bonus Voucher Employers buy Commuter Bonus vouchers from Metro in any entire dollar section ($10 min.) Employees utilize vouchers to buy general society transportation pass they need One quit looking for all Puget Sound travel organizations, vanpools, Washington State Ferries Vouchers are useful for 96 months and are renewable

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What is ORCA ? One Regional Card for All Community Transit Everett Transit King County Metro Transit Kitsap Transit Pierce Transit Sound Transit Washington State Ferries

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What is ORCA Fare installment card utilizing keen chip innovation Tap at installment peruser Seamless exchanges Many revalue choices

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Business Account Options Two Categories Puget Pass, Commuter extra vouchers ~~> Business Choice FlexPass ~~> Business Passport

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When is ORCA Coming? Move starts Spring 2009 Businesses will be reached by their travel office in regards to change Businesses with yearly understandings will be changed over by their recharging date

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Tax Implications of Commute Subsidies How will an endowment effect your workers' assessable pay? In what capacity will a sponsorship effect your organization's duty charge?

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1. Worker Taxable Income IRS sees drive sponsorships and motivators ( gave by the business to the representative) as "incidental advantages" Fringe advantages are assessable pay unless particularly barred from salary by law

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1. Worker Taxable Income IRS just rejects 3 sorts of drive incidental advantages from representative's assessable pay: passenger vehicle ("vanpool")- up to $120 every month per representative a travel pass - up to $120/mo. qualified stopping - up to $230/mo. (2009)

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1. Representative Pre-Tax Income The IRS permits businesses to permit workers to utilize something like $115 every month in pre-charge pay to purchase travel passes. Lessens worker's assessable wage Reduces FICA charges paid by representative and manager Employer is in charge of purchasing the go with worker reserves and for keeping up records of the travel cost

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Qualified Bicycle Commuting Reimbursement – New in 2009! A repayment of up to $20 per month for costs brought about by the employee for the buy of a bike and bike changes, repair, or capacity might be made by the business on an assessment absolved premise. A "qualified bike driving month" is any month in which a representative: routinely utilizes a bike for a generous part of the drive, and does not get whatever other qualified transportation advantage for vanpool, travel, and stopping.

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Qualified Bicycle Commuting Reimbursement – New in 2009! The $20 sum is not ordered for expansion similar to the next qualified transportation incidental advantages. Not at all like the other qualified transportation incidental advantages, a qualified bike driving repayment advantage can't be financed through employee pre-charge wage.

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2. Organization's Tax Bill Credit on Washington State B&O or Utility duties for appropriations paid to representatives for: open travel (transport, ship, rail, vanpools) carpooling bicycling or strolling to work Credit = half sum paid to every worker; most extreme $60 per worker every year

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Up to $200,000 per business every year Up to $2.75 million all inclusive every year Apply through the Washington State Department of Revenue Must apply in January for earlier year's costs 2. Organization's Tax Bill

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The City of Seattle  Employee Hours Tax or 'head impose' Taxes businesses $25 for every representative working inside the City of Seattle. The City charges bosses for the duty in December with Business & Occupation charges. Organizations may guarantee an exception for every representative who drives by non-drive alone modes 80% of the time.  2. Organization's Tax Bill