AAFCPAs would like to make clients who file a Massachusetts UFR aware that we sought and received guidance from the Massachusetts Operational Services Division (OSD) regarding how unrelated business income tax (UBIT) associated with the provision of transportation benefits to employees would need to be treated for UFR reporting purposes.
In response, OSD clarified that the taxes generated on the “income” (as required by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) would be treated as non-reimbursable or disallowed costs for the purposes of the annual UFR submission. As such, 29% (21% Federal, 8% Massachusetts) of the total cost of benefits provided to employees will be reflected as a non-reimbursable cost in the UFR.
What do we advise?
UFR filers should proactively determine the amount of “income” and taxes associated with provision of transportation benefits for its fiscal year. These amounts will need to be allocated amongst programs and supporting functions on the UFR in a manner consistent with other employee benefits. Additionally, filers should determine the source of eligible revenue offsets that will be used to “fund” these non-reimbursable expenditures.
AAFCPAs Urges Repeal of Nonprofit Transportation Tax
AAFCPAs has sent a letter to Congressman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Chair of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, asking him to lend his support to nonprofits by helping to repeal Internal Revenue Code Section 512(a)(7). Section 512(a)(7) of the new tax code requires nonprofits to now pay a burdensome tax on parking and transportation fringe benefits provided to employees. You may read the complete letter here.>>