Illinois Passed the Transportation Benefits Program Act
Illinois passed the Transportation Benefits Program Act on July 28, 2023, which requires all covered employers to provide a commuter benefit whereby an employee can elect to exclude the purchase of transit passes from taxable income, up to the maximum level allowed by federal law under IRS Section 132. This is effective 1/1/2024.
We know that accessibility drives engagement and account satisfaction. The ABG WealthCare benefits platform makes it possible for participants to easily access and manage all their pre-tax benefits with one online account, one mobile app, and one debit card.
ONE Debit Card
Our technology can pull from the right benefits account when participants make a purchase, so they only need one debit card, no matter what benefits they are enrolled in (for example, health and commuter).
ONE Online Account
Thanks to the WealthCare benefits platform, participants only need one online account to manage their health (HSA, FSA, HRA) and Commuter benefits, making it easy to see every contribution, transaction, notification, and more in one place.
ONE Mobile App
We live in a mobile-first world, and our ABG Smart Mobile App was built with that in mind. Our app’s consistent, simple, and modern experience makes it easy for participants to manage their benefits on-the-go. Employers load employee’s pre-tax deductions on a per pay period basis (up to $300 for Transit and $300 for Parking expenses monthly) onto their ABG Benefits Card which can then be used to pay for Transit or Parking passes (or to load metropolitan transit cards).
About the Illinois Transportation Benefits Program Act.
Employs 50 or more covered employees in a geographic area specified in paragraph (1) of the Transportation Benefits Program Act at an address that is located within one mile of fixed-route transit service.
This benefit must be offered to all employees starting on the employees' first full pay period after 120 days of employment. All transit agencies shall market the existence of this program and this Act to their riders in order to inform affected employees and their employers. "Transit pass" means any pass, token, fare card, voucher, or similar item entitling a person to transportation on public transit.
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