The tax reform bill that passed in December 2017 affected employer-provided transportation benefits. While qualified transportation benefits are still tax-free to employees (either through pre-tax payroll deductions or employer subsidies), employers can no longer take a business deduction for this expense. The latest guidance from the IRS, indicates that tax-exempt employers may also be affected by this change since transportation expenses could now increase an organization’s unrelated business taxable income.

Tax-exempt organizations should contact their accountants or other tax advisors to review the new rules for unrelated business income, transportation benefits, and other potential tax changes.