De Blasio recently announced the implementation of the NYC Commuter Benefits Law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2016. This law “requires for-profit and nonprofit employers with 20 or more full-time employees in New York City to offer commuter benefits. Employers can save by reducing payroll taxes and employees can lower their monthly expenses by using pre-tax income to pay for their commute.”
What De Blasio’s press release doesn’t say is that companies face costs associated with this new tax scheme. It doesn’t discuss the cost of implementation and the use of administrative resources. It doesn’t mention the constant upkeep, such as W2 adjustments or employee changes on and off the plan. All this adds more burden to small businesses.
This NY Commuter Benefits Law encapsulates De Blasio’s continued effort to destroy New York City growth and employment; it worsens the cost of being in business in New York. There is likely no net benefit to the employer for his forced participation.
It continues a longstanding situation where New York City mayors do what they think *is* good, but their schemes are really destructive. For instance, one of the most laughable programs in the world requires landlords in New York City to set up bank accounts for everyone who has a security account with their landlord; there are easily hundreds of thousands of such accounts in the city; virtually every New York City resident loses money, because the tax treatment of this at the state and federal level, so that it is a loss for everyone. It’s utterly ridiculous. For this particular law, however, I’ll give De Blasio the benefit of the doubt that he is just severely incompetent and economically clueless.
The continued assault on small businesses within the city make it harder for the economy to grow. The city needs less, not more, regulations for businesses to prosper.