DearColleague.us

Letter

 

From: The Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman
Sent By:
kevin.block@mail.house.gov

Date: 9/19/2016

Become an Original Cosponsor of the Transit Tax Credit Act of 2016

Deadline: Thursday, September 22nd at 12:00PM

Endorsed by the Association for Commuter Transportation

Dear Colleague:

Please join me as an original cosponsor of the Transit Tax Credit Act of 2016. This legislation would establish a refundable tax credit of 15% of mass transit costs for a total credit of up to $460 annually for employees who do not receive transit benefits
from their employers.

Under current law, employees may receive up to $255 a month in transit benefits from their employer tax-free to cover the cost of mass transit passes. While this policy has encouraged transit usage, the 2.7 million commuters who receive the benefits are
disproportionately high-income individuals. Those who work in lower-paying jobs are substantially less likely to receive transit benefits from their employer, meaning they miss out on this significant tax break. This legislation would address this problem
by offering a tax credit worth a similar value as provided in the transit benefit program for those who do not receive the benefits from their employer.

For many low-income Americans, mass transit is their only option for getting to work. And with transit fares rising in many cities, the cost of transit has become an ever-growing portion of their personal budgets. Yet, they frequently have missed out on
the tax break provided by employer-provided transit benefits. By passing this legislation, Congress could provide important tax relief to working families, while encouraging sustainable mass transit usage.

If you have any questions or would like to be added as an original cosponsor, please contact Kevin Block in my office at
kevin.block@mail.house.gov or 5-5801.

Sincerely,

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Member of Congress