After weeks of waiting in a state of tense anticipation, we finally have good news about the extension of transit benefits. The $230 benefit, which helps employees cover their commuting transportation costs, was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and was set to expire on December 31st, reducing the benefit to $120 per month.
On the evening of December 16, with the deadline looming, the House passed the bill to extend the “Bush/Middle Class tax cuts”. On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed the legislation making extension official. With the signing, the transit benefit will stay at $230 per month through December 31, 2011.
Employers: please inform your employees of the extension and make any necessary adjustments. With transit fares increasing and the cost of gasoline going up, it is more important than ever to take advantage of the transit benefit and this extension.
If you have any questions, please contact goDCgo at 202-299-2186 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not currently offer a transit benefit to employees and would like more information on the subject, please contact Tarryn Lee at email@example.com. You can also learn more about the benefit and all goDCgo Employer Services has to offer by visiting our website, www.goDCgo.com/employer.