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C OMMONWEALTH OF PENNSLYVANIA COMMUTER BENEFITS PROGRAM. Agenda. Introduction to the Commonwealth’s Commuter Benefits Program Overview of Commuter Benefits TransitCenter Solutions – Products and Services How the Program Works How You Can Enroll. Introducing the

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  • Introduction to the Commonwealth’s Commuter Benefits Program
  • Overview of Commuter Benefits
  • TransitCenter Solutions – Products and Services
  • How the Program Works
  • How You Can Enroll
Introducing the

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Commuter Benefits Program

A Great Way for You to Save Money

commonwealth s commuter benefits program
Commonwealth’s Commuter Benefits Program
  • With the Commonwealth’s Commuter Benefits Program, you can take home more of what you earn!
    • Thanks to a special provision in Federal law, Internal Revenue Code Section 132 (f), you can save money every time you commute by public transportation
      • Whether you take a bus, train, subway or qualified vanpool you can save money every time you commute
      • And, if you currently drive to work, consider using public transportation as a less expensive alternative to paying for fuel and parking
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Commonwealth’s Commuter Benefits Program
  • When you enroll in the Commuter Benefits Program, you will be able to use your pre-tax salary to pay for commuting costs
  • That means you will payless in taxes and take homemore of what you earn
  • Set aside up to $110* per month/$1,320 per year to pay for your commute

*Amount can change annually; this is the amount for 2007.

take home more of what you earn
Take Home More Of What You Earn
  • Here’s an example of how much you can save
  • The columns show the difference in take home pay with and without deductions for Federal Income Tax, Social Security, and Medicare
  • In this example, $23 is saved each month
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Commonwealth’s Commuter Benefits Program
  • It’s a win/win!
  • You win by
    • Using pre-tax dollars to pay for commuting expenses which saves money
    • Receiving convenient transit products to pay for commuting costs
  • The environment wins with
    • Reduced traffic congestion
    • Improved air quality
available transit providers
Available Transit Providers
  • There are approximately 70 transit providers serving Pennsylvania
    • Bus
    • Train
    • Subway
    • Qualified Vanpool
  • For a complete list of providers, visit the website or contact your Human Resource Office
product overview
Product Overview
  • Based on the transit provider you use, you will receive one of the following transit products to pay for your commuting costs:
    • TransitChek QuickPay® Card
    • TransitChek® Vouchers
    • TransitChek CashBack®
  • Each product is explained further on the next slides
what is the transitchek quickpay card
What is the TransitChek QuickPay® Card?
  • Visa® Debit Card issued by Bank of America
  • Designed to be IRS compliant for mass transit
  • No annual or transaction fees
  • 24/7 access to account information
  • No monthly usage limit
  • No transaction limit
  • Funds rollover month-to-month
  • Quarterly Statements
  • Card is funded on the 23rd of the month
what are transitchek vouchers
What are TransitChek® Vouchers?
  • Like cash
  • Used to buy tickets and transit passes
  • Used for qualified vanpools
  • Accepted in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Vouchers are received by mail before the end of each month
what is transitchek cashback
What is TransitChek CashBack®?
  • Used when the QuickPay Card and Vouchers are not accepted by the transit provider
  • Cash reimbursement for transit expenses
  • Employees submit CashBack Reimbursement form with receipts
  • Reimbursements directly deposited into employee’s checking or savings account within 2 weeks
tools available
Tools Available

Additional information, including a brochure, Frequently Asked Questions, and contact information is available on the Commuter Benefits Website or by contacting your Human Resource Office


how the program works
How the Program Works
  • You sign-up for a monthly pre-tax payroll deduction equal to, but not more than the $110 maximum. (Under some circumstances, post-tax deductions may also be taken for expenses above $110.)
  • The payroll deduction is automatically taken from your pre-tax salary on the first pay of the month. In addition, a small monthly administration fee of $3.25 is taken from post-tax salary
  • The transit benefit product is made available to you by the end of the month in which the deduction is made from your pay
  • You use the product for expenses in the next month. (Note: This is an after-the-fact benefit, since deductions are taken in one month and used the next month.)
employee enrollment how do you enroll
Employee Enrollment: How do you enroll?
  • Enrollment is easy and takes just a few minutes
  • There are two ways an employee can enroll:
    • Complete an Enrollment Form available on the website or from your Human Resource Office and mail or fax as directed on the form
    • Or, Call our toll-free number, 1-866-591-2435 to speak with an enrollment technician
employee enrollment what will you need to enroll
Employee Enrollment: What Will You Need to Enroll?
  • When enrolling, employees will be asked to provide:
    • Employee Personnel Number
    • Last name as it appears in employee records
    • Home zip code
    • The names of all the transit and/or vanpool services regularly used
    • Monthly mass transit or vanpool cost
employee enrollment enrollment form
Employee Enrollment: Enrollment Form
  • Completed forms should be faxed or mailed to TransitCenter at the number or address provided at the bottom of the form
customer service available
Customer Service Available
  • Customer service available from 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday (EST) 1(866)823-3248
  • Bi-Lingual Customer Service Representatives
  • 24/7 access to TransitCenter website
  • Employees may also refer questions to their Human Resource Office
on site customer service available
On-Site Customer Service Available
  • Onsite enrollment will be offered for any employee who has questions before enrolling. Depending on the popularity of this service, additional dates may be added in January
    • Dec. 12 – Keystone Bldg. Atrium & Strawberry Square Atrium
    • Dec. 13 – Pittsburgh State Office Building
    • Dec. 14 – Scranton State Office Building
    • Dec. 19 – Philadelphia State Office Building
    • Dec. 20 – Reading State Office Building
  • The service will be provided from 8:00 to 3:00 on each day
what s next
What’s next?

Why wait to save money?

  • Initial Enrollment begins December 11th and continues through January 12, 2007
    • First payroll deduction will be made in February.
    • Transit benefit product available for use in March.
  • Enroll on or before the 9th of any month after the initial enrollment period ends for new enrollments or changes to existing enrollments