November 07, 2008
Question of the Week: Can I Reimburse Employees Who Bicycle to Work?
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Vision Payroll

This week’s question comes from Luna, a business owner: I have employees who bicycle to work; can I reimburse them for their costs? Answer: §132(f) of the Internal Revenue Code has been amended by §211 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (Public Law 110-343 or the “bailout bill”) so that effective with tax years beginning after December 31, 2008, employers may reimburse employees who “regularly [use] the bicycle for a substantial portion of the travel between [their] residence and place of employment as long as the employee does not receive any other “qualified transportation fringe”. Costs to be reimbursed include “purchase of a bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair, and storage”. The limitation is $20 per month multiplied by the number of qualified commuting months. Contact Vision Payroll if you have any question on reimbursements for any qualified transportation fringe benefit.


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