Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits
Commuter benefits can add up to some serious tax savings. Commuter benefits allow UCSF employees to set aside tax-free money to pay for eligible commuting expenses like public transit and parking. Check out the Commuter Benefit Resource Guide to learn more.
UCSF Transportation Services contracts with Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions, a commuter benefit management company, to administer the pre-tax program through their Commuter Check Direct (CCD) website.
The IRS allows you to set aside up to $270 per month for transit expenses, and up to $270 per month for parking expenses. If your monthly parking fee is $302, you can contribute $302 to your monthly deduction/election and pay for parking with your Edenred MasterCard. However, only $270 of your $302 parking expense will be paid with pre-tax dollars, and the remainder will be paid after tax.
New enrollment or change requests must be received by Edenred by the 23rd of the month, about 5 weeks prior to the date your change will be made effective. For example, requests received by August 23, will be effective for your October 1st elections.
For Current Members: How to Manage your account
Getting Started: Enroll Now
If you’re working from home or your commute plans have changed, you can log into your account and make changes at any time, including opting out of an upcoming month, or changing the amount of the money you set aside each month for commute expenses.
How to opt-out of an upcoming month
1. Login to your commuter benefits account: www.login.commuterbenefits.com
2. Locate your pending order on the dashboard
3. Under Options click “Edit Order”
4. Under the question “Are there any months you do not need this order?”, select the month(s) you need to opt-out of. Any month you select will be skipped over and not processed.
How to edit the dollar amount of your monthly contribution
1. Login to you commuter benefits account: www.login.commuterbenefits.com
2. Locate your pending October order on the dashboard
3. Under Options click “Edit Order”
4. Enter a new dollar amount
Closing your account is not recommended if your plans are temporary or uncertain. Doing so will require a 5-6-week re-enrollment process to restart your account. If you’re currently working from home, rest assured you will be able to use your funds at a later date. Any unused funds will roll over each month.
Ways to Use your Pre-Tax Benefit Dollars
The Edenred CCD webpage makes ordering your commuter benefits products a breeze. Follow the steps below to get started.
How To Enroll
1. Go to https://www.commutercheckdirect.com and click on ‘Sign Up Now’.
2. Enter the UCSF Company ID: 1550
3. Enter your First and Last Name
4. Enter your zip code
5. Confirm your username, create a password, and click ‘Next’.
6. You are now registered! Edenred will mail you a debit Master Card that allows you to make transit- and parking-related purchases at commuter terminals.
7. Once you are logged into your commuter benefits account, click on ‘Account’ to update your mailing address. Next, click on ‘Place an Order’ to choose the amount you want to be deducted each month pre-tax from your paycheck for your anticipated transit and/or parking expenses. A Transit Account can be used to pay for bus, ferry, train, trolley tickets, passes, vanpool fees, and rideshare (including Lyft Shared). A Parking Account can be used to pay for parking meters, garages, and surface lots. For more information, view instructions on how to place an order.
New employees: At registration, new employees may see a message stating that the system does not recognize the employee information. It takes 3-6 weeks for Edenred to recognize you as eligible to register, please try again, 3-6 weeks after your hire date.
What are the different types of commuting expenses covered?
• Bus, ferry, train, trolley tickets, and passes
• Vanpool fees
• Rideshare (including Lyft Shared)
• Parking meters, garages, and surface lots
Your pre-tax payroll deductions are placed on a debit MasterCard that allows you to make transit- and parking-related purchases at commuter terminals where debit MasterCard is accepted. You can also load a Clipper card online or at a UCSF Transportation sales office at Mission Bay and Parnassus.
Guidelines, Instructions & Frequently Asked Questions
How Commuter Benefits Work from Commuter Benefit Solutions on Vimeo.
Getting Started/Why Should I Enroll?
Commuter Benefits Tax Savings Calculator
If you have any questions, please visit commutercheckdirect.com or call customer service at 888.235.9223.