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PG: Chatham University one of the first Pennsylvania employers to offer new federal bicycle commuter benefit

Monday, May 03, 2010
By Ann Belser, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Remember the Bicycle Commuter Act tax credit that passed with the bank bailout, also known as the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008?

No?

Don’t worry, hardly anyone else does, either.

Recently, Chatham University and its office of sustainability decided to provide the benefit for its employees. And when Paul Kovach, the university’s spokesman, tried to find other local companies that were providing the same tax credit, he was at a loss.

“I tried my darndest to find someone else who was doing this, but I was unable to find anyone,” he said.

The benefit is a $20-a-month credit for people who make a “substantial portion” of their commute by bicycle, to pay for purchases, repairs, storage, upgrades or helmets (padded shorts and tight shirt are excluded from the reimbursement). The employer can reimburse employees based on their expenses, offer regular monthly payments or devise some sort of voucher system.


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