On Thursday, January 21, 2021, Best Workplaces for Commuters and the Coalition for Smarter Transportation (CoaST) sponsored the webinar, “Is the Sky Falling? The Effects of Eliminating the Business Deduction of Employer-Provided Commuter Benefits”

The IRS recently issued the final regulations addressing the elimination of the deduction under section 274 for expenses related to certain transportation and commuting benefits provided by employers to their employees. A panel from Best Workplaces for Commuters and Coalition for Smarter Transportation summarized the regulations and discussed implications. The panel highlighted the IRS guidance on how to determine the amount of such expenses that is not deductible and apply certain exceptions under section 274(e) that may allow such expenses to be deductible.

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Presenters:

Jason Pavluchuk, Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Transportation (CoaST)

Jason Pavluchuk is the policy director for the Coalition of Smarter Transportation.  Jason brings 20 years of transportation policy and advocacy expertise. He has been involved with developing, advocating, and implementing policy pieces at the Federal, State, and local level. Jason has a unique understanding of both the policy and business aspects of transportation that is used to create policies that truly move the needle. Jason is a proud graduate of The George Washington University.


Philip L. Winters, TDM-CP, Best Workplaces for Commuters, Center for Urban Transportation Research

Philip L. Winters is Director, Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF).  He has nearly 39 years in TDM research, training and technical assistance.  He leads a team of eight researchers and support staff who conduct a wide range of TDM-related research, offer professional development training, and provide technical assistance to the TDM community.  His team manages the Best Workplaces for Commuters program that provides national recognition to employers that provide exceptional commute-friendly benefits to their employees.  He is an emeritus member of the Committee on TDM of the Transportation Research Board. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.

David Judd, Transportation Consultant
David’s career ranges transit marketing to traffic management, focusing on integrating services with the private sector particularly, Commuter Benefits.  Most recently, he has been actively involved in developing Commuter Benefit ordinance legislation and compliance with the tax code. His background includes TDM, incident management and contingency planning, operations and public information.  David’s experience also includes public and private sector positions that focused on rail station development, parking management, ITS and standardized bus operator training programs.  He has worked for Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions (Commuter Check), Parsons Brinckerhoff, the Port Authority of NY and NY (TRANSCOM & Transit Center), NJ Transit and AFL-CIO Appalachian Council.  David has a BA in Urban Affairs and Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University.