Des Moines area employers both large and small have been taking advantage of DART’s employer programs since they were established in 1974. The concept is simple – helping the region’s employers help their employees – and the benefits are many. They include saving money for both employee and employer, reducing traffic congestion for the entire region, and limiting the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.
Why Should Your Company Participate?
Whether you have 5 employees or more than 5,000 employees, it just makes good business sense to participate. This transit benefit provides buses passes at a reduced cost to the employees along with a tax incentives for the company—a deal for employers and their employees.
For more information on the Employer Support Program, call 515.283.8100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the customer service manager.
Tax-Free Transit Benefits
It really does pay to participate in the Employer Support Program! The transit commuter benefit allows employers to give their employees as much as $115 per month to cover transit or vanpool commuting costs as a tax-free benefit. The employer's cost of providing this benefit can be deducted as a normal business expense. Even better, unlike ordinary wage payments, employers do not have to pay their share of Federal Payroll taxes on transit commuter benefits. This savings alone is usually more than enough to cover any cost of administering the program.
A Program for Every Budget
Increasingly, employers, as a matter of policy, are offering fully subsidized transit benefits to employees. Some employers do so to reward employees for their contributions and accomplishments. Others are subsidizing a portion of the monthly fares and allowing the employees the option to fund the balance from pre-tax income. If your company cannot cover the cost of the benefit this year, you may want to consider a pre-tax deduction program. By establishing a pre-tax deduction program, you permit your employees to exchange part of their gross income for employer-provided transit or vanpool costs.
Participating in the Employer Support Program is an opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment by reducing congestion on roadways and improving air quality. With DART's ESP, everyone living and working in the Des Moines area is a winner.
We're Here to Help You
DART's Employer Support Program is as user-friendly for the employer as it is for the employee. We'll help you create and set up the Employer Support Program that meets your needs. Our employees will provide the necessary support services to make your program a success.
Companies Participating in the ESP Program
As of December 21, 2011