Taxability is decided at a program level. If your company offers a wellness program and that program is taxable, any spending under that program will be taxable, no matter what item you purchase.
If your company offers a non-taxable program, anything you buy will not be considered taxable.
If your company offers a benefits program that is mixed-taxability, for all transactions please make sure to upload a receipt directly to the transaction so that we can confirm the taxability status. The Benepass team will then review and reclassify any eligible expenses for you within 5 business days.
If you are curious about what items would be taxable/non-taxable, you can refer to your benefit policy: simply navigate to the Accounts page from the app or website, and click or tap into the desired benefit. From there, you'll see a button for "What can I spend my benefit on?" which you can expand to show more details!
Tax rules are set by relevant local governments and vary from country to country. In the US and in many countries, items related to directly doing your job are non-taxable. Examples include phone and internet bills needed to work from home, and other work-from-home items (office setup, etc.). In the US and in many other countries most other items are taxable – virtually all of Benepass's wellness, fitness, mental health, food, travel, etc. programs are taxable as they are designed for spending not directly associated with completing your job.
If you're not sure if your benefits are taxable, you can always reach out to us by clicking on "Submit a request" in the top right corner of this page and someone from our support team will be able to confirm. If you've already spent under the benefit, you can also click on any transaction to see whether it was considered taxable – look for the section called "Taxability".
Questions? We are happy to help! Please reach out to Benepass Support for any assistance.