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Commuter Choice Maryland Saves You $$$

Throughout the state, specialists can work with you to design a transportation program that eases the pain of commuting for your employees. In addition to improving your company’s bottom line, these commuter programs can boost your employee recruitment and retention practices, increase employee productivity, and enhance corporate sustainability objectives.

Federal, and county incentive programs can turn your employees’ transit benefit program into tax savings for your company.  Maryland sweetens the pot by offering a state tax credit of 50% of the eligible costs of providing commuter benefits.

Maryland employers, including 501(c)(3) or (4) organizations, may claim a tax credit for 50% of the eligible costs of providing commuter benefits up to a maximum of $100.00 per participating employee per month. The tax credit can be taken against the State personal income tax, corporate income tax or the insurance premium tax.

Organizations that are tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) may be eligible to claim certain business tax credits against their withholding taxes. These qualified organizations no longer will use Form 500CR, but will use Form 508CR as an attachment to Form MW508 (Annual Employer Withholding Reconciliation Return). Visit marylandtaxes.com to obtain a 500CR form. 

The credit is applicable to the following expenses:

  1. MDOT MTA passes, tickets, fare cards
  2. Company Vanpool program
  3. Guaranteed Ride Home program
  4. Cash-In-Lieu of Parking program

Use the calculator below to see how much your company could save: 

Commuter Benefit Tax Savings Calculator

Employer Paid Benefit

Pre-Tax Benefit

Note that employer and employee tax savings depend on average employee wages and tax rates. These calculations make general assumptions to provide a sense of potential benefits.
Note also that MDOT no longer requires forms to be completed for the Maryland commuter tax credit.

 


Employer Testimonials:

"From a leadership and business perspective, investing in a vanpool program is a smart decision, especially if your employees face transportation obstacles.” Steve Heise, Vice President Human Resources, Live! Casino & Hotel

“If we are having power outages and we need to get additional call center staff on the phones, when they work from home, we can get them on the phones within a matter of minutes.” Joe Trentacosta, Senior Vice President Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO)

Commuter Testimonials:

“Teleworking enables me to spend less time commuting and more time with my family.” – Becky J., SMECO Teleworker

 “I save money each day, and the driver and other riders are friendly and funny.”  Dysha C., Maryland Live! Casino employee and vanpool commuter

“The vanpool is more convenient for those of us who live very far.” Taylor B., Maryland Live! Casino employee and vanpool commuter

“I enjoy riding in the vanpool because it’s more convenient at night...and I don’t have to worry about being late to work!” - Roniqua M., Maryland Live! Casino employee and vanpool commuter
 


 

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