• Clean Commute Pre-Tax

Pre-Tax Benefit

Save hundreds of dollars in taxes each year when you make the switch to a cleaner commute.

The Federal Tax Code allows employees to use up to $265 per month of pre-tax dollars to pay for transit costs through employer-sponsored programs. Employees can set aside pre-tax income using My Commuter Check, a secure online ordering platform.  

Once you have an account set up on My Commuter Check, you will be able to purchase transit products loaded on Clipper cards, including eCash and SMART Eco-Passes, or pay for vanpool costs.  My Commuter Check has a built in recurring order option, which allows you to place a transit product order only once and have it continue on an ongoing basis, until you wish to make a change.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Pre-Tax Transportation Benefit?

The Pre-Tax Transportation Benefit is a federal tax benefit authorized under the Internal Revenue Code Section 132. For 2019, the Federal Tax Code allows employees to use up to $265 per month of pre-tax dollars to pay for transit and vanpool commute costs through employer-sponsored programs. 

What employees are eligible to participate in the Pre-Tax Benefit program?

Full-Time and Part-Time County employees are eligible for pre-tax commuter benefits. Extra help employees are not eligible at this time, but may be included following the initial Pilot Program.

For questions about eligibility contact HR Benefits at benefits@sonoma-county.org or (707) 565-2900.

How do sign up with My Commuter Check?

Use the online My Commuter Check portal to set up an account and make your monthly election.  You will be asked to provide a Company ID, which is CCO15267, and First Name, Last Name, Birthday (MM/DD) or Zip Code.  A valid physical address and a valid email address are required for delivery of transit products and for ordering notifications.

For questions about My Commuter Check, you can call Commuter Benefit Solutions Customer Service at (888) 235-9223.  Inquires received during business hours will be responded to within 24 hours.

When can I make my pre-tax transportation benefit elections?

The My Commuter Check portal is open at all times for you to make changes to your transportation benefits or to change your orders. Orders must be placed by the 10th day of the month for the following month of benefits (e.g., July 10th for August benefits).

My Commuter Check has a built in recurring order option, which allows participants to place their transit product order only once and have it continue on an ongoing basis. Recurring orders may be cancelled prior to the 10th day of the month for the following month of benefits.

What can I purchase using my Pre-Tax Benefit?

Employees may purchase transit products on Clipper cards (eCash or SMART Eco-Passes) or pay for vanpool costs using My Commuter Check’s DirectPay option.

Are there additional fees for using the My Commuter Check pre-tax program?

Yes, there is a $3 per month fee to participate in the My Commuter Check pre-tax program. Orders placed through My Commuter Check are not refundable.

When will my Pre-Tax Benefit election be deducted from my paycheck?

Employees may enroll in My Commuter Check by the 10th of each month. The monthly payroll deduction, up to $265, will be taken out of the employee’s next available paycheck. Typically this will occur once per month, on the second pay date of the month, however there may be some exceptions depending on number of pay periods in a month or longer than usual processing times.

Contact Information

Clean Commute

Benefits Unit

Human Resources Department

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Contact us by Phone
Address
575 Administration Drive
Room 116 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465237, -122.725363

My Commuter Check

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Use My Commuter Check portal to set up an account.

Company ID: CCO15267