This is not a subsidy program. The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is the state's administrator for the Third Party Pre-Tax Parking Reimbursement Account Program (Program). This Program is for state employees who do not have access to state controlled/owned (DGS, CalTrans, etc.) parking spaces or a department-sponsored parking program. CalHR contracts with a third party vendor, Application Software, Inc. (ASI) for record keeping and claims adjudication.
This Program is a voluntary payroll deduction program that allows you to deduct a specific dollar amount for work-related parking fees from your pay warrant prior to tax deductions; this reduces your taxable income. The funds taken out of your pay warrant go into a special reimbursement account that you will claim against. To receive payments from your account, you must submit a reimbursement claim form (CalHR 681) along with the required parking receipts.
Once the deduction begins for the Program it will continue without interruption until you stop or change it.
At the end of the tax year, the State Controller's Office (SCO) will report your taxable income as usual, excluding the amount of the pre-tax parking deduction from your gross taxable income. For the 2018 tax year, you can deduct your actual cost of parking, up to $260 per month.
Section 132(f) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) - Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits, regulates the Program.
The IRC defines "qualified parking" as:
Unless you meet certain specific criteria, the IRC does not allow for automatic refunds of excess money in your Program Account. Please read the "Frequently Asked Questions" and the "Forfeiture Information" below.
The files linked from this page are PDFs and require Adobe Reader – get a free download.