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Qualified parking exclusion and commuter transportation benefit

For 2017, the monthly exclusion for qualified parking is $255 and the monthly exclusion for commuter highway vehicle transportation and transit passes is $255. See Qualified Transportation Benefits, Fringe Benefit Overview page 2 and section 2.

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What Is SmartBenefits® Autoload?

As a Washington, D.C. metropolitan region employer, you're fully aware of the competitive nature of attracting and retaining the best employees. With SmartBenefits®, you can offer your employees a better way to get to work - and save money doing it.

SmartBenefits® is a versatile and valuable benefit for both employers and employees. It's an IRS-compliant, web-based program that lets employers assign the dollar value of employees' monthly commuting benefit directly to reusable, rechargeable plastic SmarTrip® cards, which can be used for parking, rail, van pool and bus travel throughout the D.C. metropolitan region. It can be offered as a direct employee benefit, a pre-tax deduction, or a combination of both - it's as flexible as your needs, and available online 24/7.

How to Start

Apply for a SmartBenefits® account. Collect your employees' SmartTrip® serial numbers. Enter employees' SmarTrip® serial numbers and benefit amounts for transit and parking between first and 15th day of the month for benefits for upcoming month.

Tax Advantages and the Law

Allocate Benefit to Transit Provider:

Purchase Select Transit Passes

SmartBenefits® participants who use a van pool, MetroAccess, MARC, VRE, D & B Bus/Quick's Commuter Service, National Coachworks/Martz,, Arlington County Commuter stores or MTA commuter buses, do not download SmartBenefits® to your SmarTrip® card. Click here for passenger and operator instructions.

Claiming Benefits

To claim or access your transit or parking benefits, just use your SmarTrip® card as if you are paying your fare or parking fee and the appropriate amount will be deducted from your SmarTrip® card account's transit or parking purse. It's that simple, just tap your card to a Metrorail faregate, bus farebox or Metro parking target and you're on your way. At the beginning of each month, a new benefit amount will be available for you to use.

Claiming the monthly benefit at the machine is for Official Travel and non-Autoload customers.

Managing Your SmartBenefits® Program

The SmartBenefits® program established through Metro is a free service for employers. Go to Employer login. Metro does not charge for anything other than the fares ordered. However, if you are interested in hiring a fee-for-service organization to manage your SmartBenefits® program, feel free to contact the following groups for additional information.

SmarTrip® and SmartBenefits®

Transactions, balances and password resets, call:
7 AM - 8 PM Monday - Friday

Contact information for SmartBenefits®

SmarTrip® Account Registration

Create an Account and Register a SmarTrip® card »

Bulk Card Registration

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