New tax law gives bicyclists subsidy
Bicycle commuters, Congress has your back. Buried deep in the federal Emergency Economic Stabilization Act — the $700 billion Wall...
The Sacramento Bee
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bicycle commuters, Congress has your back.
Buried deep in the federal Emergency Economic Stabilization Act — the $700 billion Wall Street bailout — is an unexpected boost for the greenest of commuters.
With a tax-code change, beginning in January, companies can give up to $20 a month to workers who pedal to work. It would be tax-free to cycling commuters, and a tax write-off for employers.
Riders would use the subsidy to defray commute costs, such as bike tires or lights, helmets or rental fees for bike lockers at work. Employers who offer a subsidy can determine who qualifies and how much they should get.
The author, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said cyclists deserve a subsidy — albeit small — like the handouts some companies offer commuters who use transit or carpools.
"We shouldn't discriminate against people who burn calories instead of fossil fuel," said Blumenauer.
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