Seattle employers with 20 or more employees worldwide are required to provide a pre-tax transportation fringe benefit program, effective January 1, 2020. To comply with the Ordinance, employers must implement a program that allows employees to set aside money from their paychecks on a pre-tax basis to pay for transit passes or vanpooling expenses (up to the full amount allowed by federal law). Employers can also comply with the Ordinance by fully or partially subsidizing transit passes for their eligible employees, and can administer the pre-tax commuter benefits program themselves or use a third-party administrator to oversee the program for them.
To read this Compliance Bulletin in full, please click here.
FAQs provided by the City of Seattle can be found here.
Should you have any questions, or need assistance establishing a program, please contact our Benefits Team.