If you pay for campus parking, transit passes, or vanpooling because you commute to work at Georgia State, you can pay for your work-related transportation costs on a pretax basis. As a result, you avoid paying federal and state taxes on that money, resulting in a net savings to you.
Fees for parking in a GSU lot are automatically deducted from your check before taxes. You can also purchase discounted monthly MARTA transit cards via pretax payroll deduction, and you can set up a pretax Spending Account for such expenses as daily work-related parking, weekly Breeze cards, vanpooling, or parking in a non-GSU lot. If you do not exhaust the benefit, you may not cash it out, but may roll the balance forward to future months as long as you don't exceed the monthly maximum. Fees for parking in a GSU lot are automatically deducted from your check before taxes. Therefore, you do not need to enroll in a transportation spending account to receive the pretax benefit. The monthly fee for a Marta card is $77.00,
This is a monthly program that allows an employee the option to increase or decrease their deduction at any time.
The administration of the Commuter Benefits Program is handled by Discovery Benefits Services. Some of the administrative conveniences provided to you include: account access via the web, claims submission via toll free fax, and direct deposit of reimbursements to your bank account.
There is a great deal of information about the use and benefits of your CB Program located at
http://discoverybenefits.com. Please make this Web site your first stop to learn the "ins and outs" of getting the most from your CB Program.
While the Web portal is the best place to start looking for information, if you are unable to find the answers for which you are looking online you may call Participant Services at (866) 451-3399 (7am - 7pm CST) for additional assistance. Automated account information is also available 24 hours a day using this same phone number.
Submitting A Claim. You may submit a paper claim for transit expense reimbursements at any time by faxing the proper completed form to (866) 451-3245. You may also mail a claim form to: Discovery Benefits, P.O. Box 2926, Fargo, ND 58108-2926. Please submit a single claim by only one route. Multiple submissions of the same claim may cause delays in processing. Please allow 4 business days for your claim to be processed and the reimbursement released.
View Your Account Online. To establish access to your Commuter Benefits account online, you will need to go to http://discoverybenefits.com , select the "First time Participants must Register" link and follow the prompts to establish a unique user name and PIN.
Direct Deposit. It is highly recommended that you enroll in the Direct Deposit option as it will allow you to receive expense reimbursements faster than waiting for a paper check delivered through the mail to your home address. Direct Deposit reimbursements are often placed in your bank account within 4 business days following receipt of your claim. Go to the Participant Profile tab in the Commuter Benefits Web site to enroll in the Direct Deposit option. This election will remain in effect from plan year to plan year until you cancel it.
The monthly limit for Parking is $240.00 and the monthly limit for transportation is 125.00.
Any additional benefit questions concerning this program can be directed to Benefits - Transportation at 404-413-3330.