What is the social security wage
The Social Security Administration has announced that the 2013
social security wage base will be $113,700 with a maximum
contribution of $7049.40. As in prior years, there is no
limit on wages subject to Medicare tax (1.45%). In addition,
wages over $200,000 will be subject to an additional 0.9% Medicare
Why are my earnings and benefits for 1997 not
complete on Web for Employees?
In July 1997, the University converted all our Payroll data from
our then payroll service provider ADP to an in-house system. The
data from ADP for calendar year 1997 was posted as one total.
Therefore, only one amount will be shown for January to June of
How are my federal taxes calculated?
Federal taxes for most wages are determined by marital
status and number of dependents. Payroll uses a tax table provided
by the Internal Revenue Service to calculate wages. Employees can
increase or reduce their federal tax by updating this information
via our self-service option in UIS or St. John's Central.
Please note, severance and bonus wages are calculated based on a
flat percentage rate.
How can I get Direct Deposit of my
Direct deposit is available to all employees. With direct deposit
your paycheck is deposited into your bank account. This is the
safest and fastest way to receive your payment. There is no cost
and you can choose any bank. For more information on this free
benefit, contact the Payroll office, sign-up via UIS or St. John's
Who is responsible for maintaining my sick
and vacation time balances?
Sick and vacation time is accrued differently, depending on your
classification and length of service. (Refer to Policy
Manual for specific accrual methods). It is the responsibility
of both the employee and the department to maintain records of
vacation and sick time balances for all eligible employees. The
Payroll Office can verify time used and accrued time when the
employee leaves the University.
When I terminate my employment, will I
receive any sick and vacation time I have accrued?
You will be paid only for unused accrued vacation time.
W-2 Frequently Asked Questions
What is the W2?
Form W2 is the Wage and Tax Statement issued by St. John’s
University (employer) to all employees. The form reports all income
and tax withheld for the calendar year (January 1 to December
What other tax forms will I receive from
You may also receive from the Payroll Office a 1042-S tax form.
This form is issued to foreign persons with income subject to
In addition, the Business Affairs Office distributes 1099-MISC
for miscellaneous income and 1098-T form for tuition payments. For
more information on these forms, please contact the Business
Affairs Office at (718) 990-2406.
How is the information on the W2
STJ is required to submit W2 information to the Social Security
Administration and all taxes withheld to the IRS. The employee is
responsible for filing with the IRS and State taxing authority
his/her income tax. Four copies of the W2 are issued to each
Why do the year-to-date gross wages on my
paycheck not match the Box 1 wages on my W2?
The wages reported in box 1 include only taxable gross wages. You
must add all pre-tax deduction such as medical, dental, flex plan,
and 403(b) contributions. In addition, if you had any taxable life
or tuition remission you must subtract these amounts to calculate
your actual gross wages.
You are only responsible for reporting the amount in box 1 when
filing your personal federal income tax.
How much tax did I actually
The amount of federal income tax withheld from your calendar
earnings is reported in box 2. Your state income tax withheld is
reported in box 17. If you were a New York City resident for any
part of the calendar year, your local income tax withheld is
reported in box 19.
How is my tax calculated?
The amount of federal income tax withheld from every payroll check
is based on what you elected as your filing status and the number
of withholding exemptions you claim. This information is
taken from the completed W4 form typically submitted at the time of
hire. The form can be updated at any time by completing a new W4.
The new W4 form replaces a previous completed form and will remain
in effect until another form is completed and submitted to the
Payroll Department. Post dated forms are not accepted.
If your W2 form does not include an amount in box 2, you may review
your filing status and the number of withholding allowances you are
claiming and determine if changes are necessary.
When will I receive my W2
W2 statements must be issued or mailed to employees on or before
the 31st of January. Due to the large number of W2 produced, we
typically mail the forms over a 3 day period based on last
name. For faster access you can view and print your W2 via St. John's
What is Advance EIC payment (box
Advance earned income credit allows eligible employees with a
qualified dependent (child or children) with income under the
maximum limit established by the Internal Revenue Service to
receive a monetary amount with every scheduled payroll check versus
applying for a tax credit once a year when filing his/her federal
income tax return.
Eligible employees must complete a W5 - Earned Income Credit
Form and submit it to Payroll Department. The W5 will remain valid
throughout the calendar year that it is completed and must be
renewed every year to continue participation.
The W5 form can be found in the Human Resources Office (CCK
building) or the IRS website www.irs.gov
What is code E in box 12?
Code E is the elective deferrals for your 403(b) salary reduction
Under IRS section 403(b), the IRS allows for certain employee paid
deductions for the purpose of retirement to be excluded from
federal taxable wages.
What is code C in box 12?
Code C is the taxable cost of group-term life insurance. This
cost is considered imputed income. If your employer paid life
insurance is over the $50,000 limit, the amount over the limit is
taxable and reported in boxes 1, 3 and 5.
What is imputed income?
IRS requires that certain items, provided by the employer, be
reported as taxable compensation. Examples are taxable tuition
benefits, certain types of moving expenses, and a portion of
employer-paid group term life insurance.
Why does the amount in Box 1 (federal
taxable wages) not match Box 3 (social security taxable wages)
and/or Box 5 (Medicare taxable wages)? Why does Box 3 not match Box
Each tax has a different calculation for taxable wages:
- Box 1 = Total Compensation minus pre-tax deductions, 403(b)
deductions and imputed income. (No maximum)
- Box 3 = Total Compensation minus pre-tax deductions and imputed
income. (see current social Security wage base)
- Box 5 = Total Compensation minus pre-tax deductions and imputed
income. (No maximum)
How do I report my dependent care (box 10)
from my W2?
Refer to IRS Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, for
instructions on how to report this information on your tax return.
For additional information, contact your tax preparer or the
Can I view my W2 online?
After January 15, you can view your W2 on-line using St. John's
What do I do if my address is wrong on my
An incorrect address does not invalidate your W2 and does not
require a corrected W2.
However, you should notify the Payroll Office or update this
information via our Employee Self-Service on St. John's
All employees can update and view personal and pay information
including current and past W2s on-line using the Employee
Self-Service on St. John's
Login to St. John's
When the Logon page displays,
- Type your email address and Password, then click Login
- Click on UIS tab.
- Click on quick links on right-hand side or
UIS Main Menu.
How do I request a reprint of my W2
because I did not receive it in the mail, lost it, or accidentally
If you are no longer employed, submit an e-mail request with your
name X-number, address, and phone number to Marilyn
Thode, HRIS Manager, email@example.com. The
form will be reprinted and mailed to you or you may pick-up the
form in the Payroll Office. W2s will be reprinted on the
15th of each month. Due to the sensitive nature of
information found on the W2 no form can be faxed or sent to a third
When can I ask for a reprint of my
Your request may be submitted at any time after February 15. We
will begin processing reprint requests the third week of
February. Please note, for active emloyees W2s can be
viewed and reprinted on-line via Employee Self-Service on St. John's
Who do I contact if I think my W2 is
You may send an e-mail request with your name to David Martinez,
Director of Payroll, firstname.lastname@example.org. After
your information has been reviewed, a payroll representative will