The County through an agreement with WageWorks, Inc. provides a transportation benefit called the Commuter Benefit Plan (CBP). As a CBP participant, you save money by using pre-tax dollars to pay for these commuting expenses: bus/rail passes, transit vouchers, Metrolink passes, Transit Access Pass cards (TAP cards), vanpool fees, and parking. The CBP also offers automatic payment and delivery features for these purchases.
Through the CBP and according to IRS rules, County employees can contribute up to $260 per month in pre-tax payroll deductions to purchase transit products and up to another $260 per month to pay for parking expenses. Thus, if an employee has qualifying eligible expenses, they could make a pre-tax contribution of up to $520 per month. You do not have to pay Federal or State taxes or the Hospital Insurance Tax (HIT), if applicable, on the money you use to pay for eligible transportation and/or parking expenses under the CBP, thus reducing your overall taxable income. Eligible expenses that exceed the IRS limit are deducted from you paycheck on an after-tax basis.
An employee can enroll, or suspend their participation, in the CBP any month of the year. The monthly deadline for placing an order is the 10th of the month (including weekends or holidays). For example, an employee placing an order by September 10th will receive that order by November 1st.
You can join the CBP by using WageWorks’ online enrollment at www.wageworks.com or by calling WageWorks at (877) 924-3967, Monday – Friday, 5am to 5pm Pacific Time. Once you enroll in the CBP and place a transit order by the monthly deadline (the 10th of every month), your payroll deduction will appear on the end of the month paycheck. There is an administrative fee of $3.74 per month, taken as an after-tax deduction, which is paid by employees for plan participation.
Additional information can be found in the CBP Reference Guide (see link to the right).
Enroll in the CBP using WageWorks’ online enrollment at www.wageworks.com or by calling WageWorks at (877) 924-3967. Once you enroll in the CBP and you place a transit order by the monthly deadline (the 10th of every month), your payroll deduction will be taken from your 30th paycheck, which is two months prior to the benefit month. Additional information can be found in the CBP Reference Guide (see link to the right).
Employees represented by SEIU Local 721
If you are represented by SEIU Local 721, you may be eligible to receive a $70 subsidy towards your commuting expenses. You are eligible for the subsidy if you purchase a monthly transit pass for at least $70 through the Commuter Benefit Plan, and you are not currently receiving the Civic Center monthly transportation allowance. To enroll in the Commuter Benefit Plan, go to www.wageworks.com or call WageWorks at (855) 428-0446.