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DataPath Launches New Product to Administer Section 132(f) Tax-Free Transportation Plans

Date Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2001

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- DataPath, Inc. today announced the release of the Beta version of DataPath132, its Windows-based program for administering Section 132(f) Tax-Free Transportation Plans.

The Public Release Version is expected to ship in July 2001.

While DataPath132 can be used as a stand-alone program, it can be integrated with other DataPath products. “This release takes us one step closer to realizing our goal to provide our users with a complete, integrated system for Welfare Benefit Plans,” said DataPath president John J. Robbins, Sr.

Like DataPath’s other products, DataPath132 is more than just software. It is software plus the letters, forms, documents, and tools necessary to communicate and administer Tax-Free Transportation Plans. Support materials cover both the software and the regulations governing Tax-Free Transportation Plans. The system and supporting materials are compliant with Treas. Reg. § 1.132-9 (2000) finalized January 11, 2001.

DataPath132 handles both conversion benefits (employer supplies benefit and deducts the cost from the employees’ checks) and reimbursement benefits (employee pays expense and is reimbursed) for parking expenses and transit/vanpooling expenses. Multiple-employer claims processing, MICR check printing, direct deposit capability, and cash management with bank reconciliation capability provide efficient and easy administration of the reimbursement benefits.

Included with DataPath132 is ProDocs, DataPath’s one-step mail-merge manager which extracts data from DataPath132 to merge with Microsoft Word documents. All documents are managed and printed as a single document. The 132 letters, forms, marketing material, and administrative guidelines provided with ProDocs cover every phase of selling and administering Tax-Free Transportation Plans.

For instance, the user can quickly produce a customized Sales Packet for a prospective client including an introductory letter, description of a Tax-Free Transportation Plan and how it benefits the employer and the employees, and an estimate of cost savings based on the prospect’s actual situation. Once the case is sold, ProDocs can be used to create employee packets and an Administrative Guide is produced for the employer.

ProDocs also includes a Plan Document, Summary Plan Description, and Adoption Agreement. Although Section 132(f) Tax-Free Transportation Plans are not required to have plan documents, DataPath recommends using documents to ensure consistent communication of the plan and its parameters.

DataPath132 is just one of the new products scheduled for release this year. “A COBRA administration program is due this fall,” Robbins said. “DataPath also plans to release another a system module early this winter that will provide administration capabilities for a multi-tiered medical expense reimbursement plan. This system will empower plan sponsors with the ability to design and manage their health benefits using one of several ‘Defined Contribution’ models which just recently became viable alternatives in today’s world of spiraling health costs.”

About DataPath

DataPath, Inc. (http://www.dpath.com) is a privately held company based in Little Rock, Ark. DataPath develops employee benefits software, specializing in Section 125 cafeteria plan administration applications. Its primary customers are third-party administrators, health insurance agents and agencies, and various benefits consultants. Founded in 1984, DataPath has distributed more than 850 applications to customers throughout the United States.

DataPath president John J. Robbins Sr. is a Certified Public Accountant and licensed insurance agent in the state of Arkansas. He is a Flexible Compensation Instructor (CFCI) as certified by the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC). In all, DataPath employs two CFCIs and four staff members Certified in Flexible Compensation (CFC) by the ECFC.