Commuter vouchers

Commuter vouchers

Commuter vouchers are a handy way to provide employer-subsidised transport tickets. The vouchers work in the same way as lunch vouchers. Offering commuter vouchers will boost the company’s image and make the business more attractive as an employer. Bus commuters also get more exercise. Employer-subsidised transport tickets are an employee benefit that is entirely tax-exempt up to 300 euros.

 

Paper commuter voucher

Employers buy the vouchers from Föli, and then distribute them amongst their employees. Employees can use the vouchers by loading them onto their travel card in Föli service points.

The employer buys the desired amount of commuter vouchers in multiples of 10 (10 euros each) from the public transport service office. Use the Commuter voucher ordering form (in Finnish) to order commuter vouchers. Complete the form and e-mail it to: joukkoliikenne(a)turku.fi (as an Excel file).

Upon receipt of payment, the public transport service office will send the commuter vouchers to the employer by registered letter. Delivery time is approximately 14 days from payment. The employer distributes the commuter vouchers amongst their employees, who then use the vouchers as needed, when loading their bus cards.

The employer is responsible for monitoring the employer-subsidised transport ticket benefit and providing guidance on the use of commuter vouchers. The employer is also obliged to follow the tax administration’s instructions for the granting of employer-subsidised transport tickets.

The public transport service office charges a 3% fee for commuter vouchers, as well as a 10 euro delivery charge, regardless of the number of vouchers ordered. Commuter vouchers are valid for 2–3 years. The period of validity is printed on the vouchers. The public transport service office does not redeem commuter vouchers for cash.

You can use the commuter voucher as a form of payment at Föli service points. Employees can use commuter vouchers as they would cash, i.e. they can be used to cover part of, or the whole, sum to be loaded. No change can be given when paying with commuter vouchers. Commuter vouchers are personal, therefore customers should be prepared to provide proof of identity if necessary. Commuter vouchers can only be used to load the user’s own bus card.

Electronic commuter voucher

Employees utilise the electronic commuter vouchers either in their mobile phones or in separate bus cards. Electronic commuter vouchers are currently offered by Eazybreak Oy, Smartum Oy, Edenred Finland Oy and ePassi Payments Oy.

For the time being, electronic commuter vouchers offered by Eazybreak, Smartum and ePassi can only be used at the Föli service office (Aurakatu 5, Turku). The Edenred payment card can be used at other Föli service points as well (not loading points).

You can pay with Eazybreak in the Föli Service Office, Skanssi's Monitori, Naantali's Service Point, Raisio Town Library, Matkahuolto and R-Kioski shops in the Föli area.
You can pay with Smartum in the Föli Service Office, Skanssi's Monitori, Naantali's Service Point, Raisio Town Library, Matkahuolto, R-Kioski shops in the Föli area and department store Stockmann.
You can pay with ePassi in the Föli Service Office, Skanssi's Monitori, Naantali's Service Point, Raisio Town Library, R-Kioski shops in the Föli area and department store Stockmann.
You can pay with Edenred in the Föli Service Office and all of the other Service Point and R-Kioski shops in the Föli area.

 

Eazybreak

  • The Eazybreak Commute Voucher is an electronic voucher loaded to a mobile phone. The employer registers the employees in the Eazybreak Service, after which the employees are entitled to use the Commute Vouchers as of the start date specified by the employer. The mobile voucher works in all mobile phones: the service is available via an application in smartphones and works with text messages in older mobile phones.

Smartum

  • The Smartum Työmatkasaldo commuter benefit can be ordered through the employer’s own Smartum online service. The money for commuting is added to the employee’s own Smartum account, and transactions are made using a QR code on a mobile device. The employer may offer and load the commuter benefit for an entire year at a time or make it into a recurring monthly benefit, for example. The money added to the employee’s Smartum account will remain valid for 15 months from the moment it is added. Any money not used by the employee during the period of validity is returned to the employer’s Smartum account to be redistributed.

Edenred

  • Edenred’s Ticket Transport® is a prepaid chip card that works like a credit card. The employer can load the commuter benefit to this chip card online, using Edenred’s ordering and management tool. The money that will be charged from the card is always the exact sum of the service. Transactions made with the card are verified with a signature, rather than entering a PIN code.

ePassi

  • ePassi is a mobile employment benefit payment instrument that enables you to pay on-site with a mobile application or by providing your mobile phone number. With ePassi, employers only pay in accordance with actual usage. The service is available for all mobile phones.

 

Taxation

Employer-subsidised transport tickets are an employee benefit that is entirely tax-exempt up to 300 euros. In addition to this, employer-subsidised transport tickets worth in excess of 750 euros, up to 3,400 euros, are classed as non-taxable income. This means that the amount of tax-exempt benefits is a maximum of 3,100 euros a year. See the Tax Administration website for more information.

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