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Commuter Benefits Ordinance

Seattle’s Commuter Benefits Ordinance took effect January 1. Businesses with 20 or more employees must either allow a covered employee to make a monthly pre-tax payroll deduction for transit or vanpool expenses or subsidize all or part of a monthly transit pass. The final rules clarify what it means to fully or partially subsidize the cost of a transit pass for the purposes of compliance. Enforcement begins January 1, 2021.

Below are links to information and resources to assist you with compliance:

Also, the State of Washington’s Small Business Transit Incentive program offers small businesses the opportunity to start an ORCA for Business program and receive a 50% rebate on employer investments, up to $10,000.

For questions about how to create a commuter benefits program, contact Commute Seattle, a community partner contracted by the Seattle Department of Transportation, by visiting the Commute Seattle web site, by calling 206-613-3243, or by emailing Pre-Tax@commuteseattle.com.

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