Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits (QTFB)
You now have the ability to directly upload your QTFB receipts through HR Self-Service. This new process is quick and easy! When you submit your QTFB reimbursement claims online, there will be an option to immediately upload your PDF or image files1. This means you no longer need to submit documentation via email, fax, or mail to the Employee Benefits Division (EBD). However, you still have these options if you choose to use them.
If you have questions regarding converting your receipt into one of the accepted file types, please review the QTFB FAQs for further details.
1 Acceptable image files to upload via HR Self-Service are JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and TIF.
The QTFB program is regulated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is offered to State of Michigan employees. The program allows you to pay for eligible parking expenses and vanpool ridership fees (MichiVan (operated by Enterprise Rideshare) only) with pre-tax dollars, via payroll deduction. In other words, the money you contribute to your QTFB account will not be taxed. For every dollar set aside, you can reduce the cost of your out-of-pocket parking and vanpool expenses.
Generally, this program is not used if you park in a State-owned or -leased lot/ramp, as those payments are made through payroll as a pre-tax deduction by default.
What are eligible QTFB expenses?
- Non-State owned or leased parking lot/ramp
- Metered parking
- Vanpool ridership fees (MichiVan (operated by Enterprise Rideshare) only)
How do I enroll in QTFB?
Call: MI HR Service Center
- Monday - Friday
- 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Online: HR Self-Service
Enrollments must be future-dated and will always take effect the first day of the month that you choose, up to 6 months in advance. For example, enrollments made during the month of May would automatically take effect June 1, unless you select a later month.
You can enroll in the program at any time during the year. Your pre-tax deduction will roll over from year to year until you stop the deduction. Participation in the program allows employees to use pre-tax dollars for parking reimbursement, up to the IRS-imposed maximum. Effective January 1, 2022 enrollees may contribute a maximum of $280 per month ($129.23 bi-weekly) to be used towards a combination of eligible parking expenses and vanpool ridership fees (MichiVan (operated by Enterprise Rideshare) only). This amount is subject to change based on IRS regulation.
How Do I Seek Reimbursement?
- Log in to HR Self-Service from the left menu. Select Benefits, Qualified Transportation, then Reimbursement Claim(s). You can review your current account balance, submit a reimbursement claim, and upload substantiating documentation.
- Submit a Reimbursement Claim and substantiating documentation by completing the QTFB Reimbursement Claim Form CS-1779 and fax it to the Employee Benefits Division (EBD) at 517-284-0078 or mailing it to EBD at PO Box 30002, Lansing, MI 48909.
What Do I Need to Submit with My Reimbursement Claim?
Substantiating documentation (e.g., receipts, credit card or bank statements) for your QTFB expenses must include all of the following:
- vendor name
- dollar amount being claimed
- date(s) of service
Documentation to substantiate your eligible expenses is required for all claims submitted. You will receive reimbursement ONLY if the appropriate documentation is provided. The only exception is for metered parking where a receipt is not available in the normal course of business.
Claims must be submitted in a timely manner. The deadline for submitting a claim is 180 days from the last day of the month in which the expense was incurred. Any claims submitted after this deadline will be ineligible for reimbursement.
Non-taxable reimbursements will appear on your pay warrant within 2-4 weeks from the time in which you submit your claim and substantiating documentation.
How Do I Make Changes or Stop My Deduction?
You can make changes to your QTFB deduction at any time throughout the year. To make a change, log in to your HR Self-Service account. On the left side of the menu select Benefits, Qualified Transportation, Enroll, Change or Stop, then follow the on-screen instructions. You may also call the MI HR Service Center at 877-766-6447.
Changes take effect the first day of the following month after you make the change unless you elect a later date, and cannot be retroactive. For example, changes made during the month of May would take effect June 1st unless you select a later month.
If you no longer wish to participate in the plan, you must stop your QTFB deduction at the end of a future pay period of your choosing. You will have 7 pay periods to either restart the deduction or apply the remaining balance to qualifying parking expenses. Otherwise, the account balance will be forfeited per IRS regulations.
Participation in the program allows employees to use pre-tax dollars, up to the IRS-imposed maximum. Effective January 1, 2020 enrollees may contribute a maximum of $280 per month ($129.23 bi-weekly) to be used towards a combination of eligible parking expenses and vanpool ridership fees (MichiVan (operated by Enterprise Rideshare) only). This amount is subject to change based on IRS regulation.
Have further questions about QTFB?
If you would like more information about the QTFB program please view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for an in-depth plan overview.