Commuter Expense Reimbursement Account (CERA)

Employees deduct parking and commuter costs with pre-tax money.

A Commuter Expense Reimbursement Account allows employees to have their parking and commuter expenses to and from work deducted on a pre-tax basis. Employees can set aside up to $265 per month for parking expenses and another $265 per month combined for mass transit and vanpooling.

How does CERA work?

Employees who want to participate in a Commuter Expense Reimbursement Account must make an annual election by enrolling each year. The annual election is divided by the number of payroll cycles during the plan year to determine a per pay period amount. This amount is reduced from the employee’s income prior to taxes.

When commuter expenses are incurred, employees submit a completed claim form along with the appropriate documentation required for reimbursement. Employees cannot be reimbursed more than the balance in their account. Claims are processed within 2-3 business days. Members are issued a check or, if elected, their reimbursement is deposited into their bank account. Reimbursement is limited to expenses incurred by the employee only.

Do funds rollover at the end of the year?

The plan may allow remaining funds to roll over to the next year. If the plan does not allow funds to rollover, employees have a run-out period to request reimbursement only for commuter expenses incurred during the plan year. Any funds remaining in the account at the end of the run-out period will be forfeited to the employer.



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