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MARYLAND COMMUTER TAX CREDIT. GETTING CREDIT FOR CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR EMPLOYEES’ MONTHLY COMMUTING COSTS. WHAT IS THE MARYLAND COMMUTER TAX CREDIT?.

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maryland commuter tax credit

MARYLAND COMMUTER TAX CREDIT

GETTING CREDIT FOR CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR EMPLOYEES’ MONTHLY COMMUTING COSTS

what is the maryland commuter tax credit
WHAT IS THE MARYLAND COMMUTER TAX CREDIT?
  • Maryland employers, including 501 (c)(3) or (4) organizations, may claim a tax credit for 50% of the eligible costs of providing commuter benefits to employees up to a maximum of $50 per participating employee per month.
  • The Tax Credit can be taken against the personal or corporate income tax, or the insurance premium tax.
who qualifies for the tax credit
WHO QUALIFIES FOR THE TAX CREDIT?
  • A person or corporation conducting or operating a trade or business in Maryland.
  • An organization operating in Maryland that is exempt from taxation under section 501 (c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code.
what are the eligible expenses under the tax credit
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBLE EXPENSES UNDER THE TAX CREDIT?
  • Transit Instruments: cost of purchasing passes, fare cards, vouchers, tickets, or tokens that entitle employees to ride on publicly or privately-owned mass transit systems with the exception of taxi service.
  • Company Vanpool Program: invoice cost of expenses to support an employee vanpool including van purchase/lease, fuel, insurance, maintenance, safety and equal access upgrades that are paid for directly by the employer.
what are the eligible expenses under the tax credit1
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBLE EXPENSES UNDER THE TAX CREDIT
  • Guaranteed Ride Home Program: costs associated with operating a company GRH program which offers free rides home in case of personal or family emergencies, or unscheduled overtime to registered employees who ride in a carpool or vanpool, take transit, walk or bike to work at least twice weekly.
  • Cash in Lieu of Parking: employer receives a credit for offering a taxable cash allowance to employees in an amount equal to a parking subsidy the employer would normally pay to provide employees parking spaces.
how does an employer take the credit
HOW DOES AN EMPLOYER TAKE THE CREDIT?
  • Each year, employers must submit a Maryland Commuter Tax Credit registration form to the State of Maryland prior to filing a tax return (December 31st).
  • Employers must also complete MD Form 500CR (specific section for the Commuter Tax Credit) to apply tax credits toward the total tax liability for the calendar year in which the expenses are paid to or on behalf of participating employees.
how does a non profit claim the commuter tax credit
HOW DOES A NON-PROFIT CLAIM THE COMMUTER TAX CREDIT?
  • A non-profit may estimate the amount of the tax credit for participating employees for the taxable year.
  • The total amount of the estimated credit should be divided evenly over the number of periods for filing participating employees withholding taxes (biweekly, monthly, quarterly).
  • Example: If quarterly taxes are filed, then, the total estimated credit should be divided by four. Each payment to the Comptroller would be reduced by the pro-rata amount of the credit.
  • Alternately, a non-profit could apply the credit against the tax on unrelated business taxable income.
have additional questions about the tax credit
HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TAX CREDIT?
  • Maryland Transit Administration

Buddy Alves, 410-767-8750

balves@mta.maryland.gov

www.commuterchoicemaryland.com

  • Comptroller of Maryland

Wallace Eddleman, 410-260-6621

weddleman@comp.state.md.us