There’s big news to report back to you.
Congress extended the expiring tax benefit for transit users through 2011, keeping it at the current $230 a month — and keeping it equal with the $230 parking benefit.
The tax benefit for transit commuters was due to be cut in half on January 1, down to $120 from $230 — or roughly half of the amount of the current $230 parking benefit. Though this little provision didn’t grab the biggest headlines last week when the tax package passed, we want Congress to hear that it’s important to many Americans.
Take one quick minute to call your senators and representative and tell them thanks for extending this benefit.
Just dial (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representative or senator — or click here to get their direct numbers. You’ll need to make three calls, total. Be sure to report your calls when you’re done, too!
And when you call, make sure you share why it matters to keep the playing field level. It makes little sense to be giving commuters double the financial encouragement to drive rather than taking transit — a mode of travel that can help reduce congestion and use less energy.
For occasional commuters, $120 might be enough, but for those that take and depend on transit every day and spend more than $120 each month — especially those that use more expensive commuter rail or heavy rail systems — they would have had to pay taxes on more of their income each month, putting a dent in their wallets at a time when unemployment is high and money is tight for most Americans.
Help raise the visibility of this valued benefit for American commuters. Call your senators and representative and tell them thanks for extending this benefit.
- Call the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 and tell the operator where you're calling from to be connected to the office of your member of Congress.
- Tell them thanks, and tell them why this benefit is important. We all benefit when more people use public transportation and it’s only fair that transit commuters and drivers have access to the same tax benefits. We need to help keep more money in our pockets — no matter how we choose to get to work.
- Call the switchboard again to speak to your other lawmakers. You’ll need to make three calls, total.
- Report your calls.
Thanks for all your support,
Stephen Lee Davis
Deputy Communications Director
Transportation for America