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EBPA: Commuter Benefits

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First Published  :Fri Nov 04 14:41:25 GMT 2016
Last Modified  :Tue Apr 18 04:00:51 GMT 2017
Last Published  :Tue Apr 18 04:00:51 GMT 2017
Summary :  Provides information about discounts for those working in Boston and taking public transportation

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    Commuter Benefits for Transit and Parking

    Starting November 5, 2016, the EBPA online portal will open for Commuter benefit (Parking and Transit) enrollment.  
    To be eligible to receive commuter benefits for a particular month, employees must have enrolled by the 4th day (at 11:59 p.m.) of the month prior to the month you want to start receiving benefits. For example, you must enroll by December 4th for January commuter expenses. Funds will be added to the EBPA benefit debit card the 20th of every month starting December, for pass purchase for the subsequent month. NOTE: If your hire date (or newly benefit eligible date) is after the 20th of the month, enrollment by the 4th of the next month will be dependent on the completion of your new hire processing.

     
    For January 2017 Enrollment
    To enroll, employees will log on to the EBPA website http://www.ebpabenefits.com/ and click "Enroll or Change Your Monthly Parking or Transit Election" and not "Parking and Transit Web Services" (the link for "Parking and Transit Web Services" will be Registration, which can be done once the EBPA card is received in order to view balances, etc. but it is not required to Enroll) . Once in "Enroll or Change Your Monthly Parking or Transit Election", choose the 
    amount that you want to contribute (pre and post-tax*) for Parking and/or Transit no later than December 4th.  All employees who enrolled should receive a debit card by mid-December. Your transit election amount for the month of January will be loaded on the debit card by December 20, 2016. *The IRS maximum for 2017 Pre-Tax deductions is $255 so that is the maximum you can enter for Pre-Tax. Any pass that is less than $255 will be entirely Pre-Tax. For example, if your pass costs $244, you would enter $244 for the Pre-Tax and $0 for the Post-Tax. If the pass costs $280, you would enter $255 for the Pre-Tax and $25 for the Post Tax. Boston employees should enter the actual (full) costs on the EBPA site, as the Subsidy is reflected on the Paycheck and not on the online system.

    Once enrolled, you can use your transit benefit in one of two ways.  Employees can use the debit card to purchase their eligible transit passes and/or pay for parking expenses for the month.  Alternatively, an employee can purchases a transit pass or pay for parking directly out of pocket and then file for reimbursement through EBPA.


    Employees who work on the Boston and Fenway campuses are eligible for a subsidy of 25% up to a maximum of $40.00 per month for transit benefits only. Employees will purchase the product at full value amount at the MBTA station using their debit card. The subsidy amount will be reflected in payroll deductions. For example:

    1. Boston employee elects a $100.00 value of a transit pass on the EBPA website ($100.00 Pre-Tax, $0 Post-Tax)
    2. Employee’s pre-tax payroll deduction amount is $75.00 ($100.00 less $25.00 subsidy)
    3. Employee purchases the $100.00 pass directly at a MBTA station using the debit card
    > For employees paid on a weekly basis, payroll deductions will be taken in the 3rd paycheck of the month prior to the pass month.

    > For employees paid on a semi-monthly basis, the deductions will be taken out of the 1st paycheck of the month prior to the pass month.
     

    Note: To enroll in commuter benefit employees do not have to register on the EBPA website. Just click the link on the left side of the page- Enroll or Change Your Monthly Parking or Transit Election" and not "Parking and Transit Web Services". However, it is recommended to register later on once the Debit Card is received in order to set up an online account to access account balances. EBPA will mail out debit cards along with step-by -step instructions to set up an online account. *Note when Registering, the employee will need to change the Drop Down next to Registration ID from Employer ID to Card Number (which they will not have until the Debit Card is received by December 15th).  The Employer ID is CBA10803 if you do not want to use your card number .

    The election the employee makes for the Parking and Commuter benefit will stay in effect every month (automatically recurring) until the employee changes it on the on-line enrollment form which is located on the EBPA website. In order to change, please go to the same screen as for Enrollment, but there is a Tick Box for "Change in Election" at the top of the page: 
     


     
    Please Note: The IRS limits for the 2017 calendar year are as follows:
    • Parking Pre-Tax Limit - $255 per month 
    • AND
    • Transit/Vanpool Pre-Tax Limit - $255 per month
    These are two separate $255 Benefits/Limits for Parking and Transit (not a combined $255 for each)!

    Please contact Tufts Support Services at 617-627-7000 with any general questions about this program or with any questions regarding payroll deductions. You may also need to contact EBPA at 800-258-7298 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST) or email fsa@ebpabenefits.com ( do not use the TTY# 1-800-855-2880- that is for Text to Phone or Hearing Impaired and will only work from a phone that is TTY enabled). NOTE: EBPA will return voicemails within 24 Hours and voicemail option comes on after 5-6 minutes waiting for an agent.

    For information on how to purchase transit products, you may either log on to the MBTA website at http://www.mbta.com/ or call 617-222-3200, Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

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