Payroll - Benefits and Deductions Related to Pay

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  • Payroll Office
    202-885-3520
    Fax: 202-885-1033
    payroll@american.edu
    New Mexico, Room 350

    9:00am to 5:00pm

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Benefits and Deductions Related to Pay  

All full time faculty and staff are given the opportunity to enroll in various types of benefits and deductions and in some cases can elect to have them pretax or after tax. Electing the pretax option means that the benefit or deduction will be withheld from the gross pay prior to calculating the withholding taxes. While most benefits and deductions are elected voluntarily there are some that are required. American University offers many types of benefits and deductions. Below is a chart to assist you in understanding the various benefits and deductions we have available and how it affects your pay. 

There are some deductions that must be signed up for or stopped through the office that administers and maintains the plan. These deductions are the Fitness Center membership fees, parking and SmartTrip/Metro fees, and union dues.

Benefit/Deduction

Medicare/FICA Tax

Federal Tax

Voluntary/Required

AD&D Insurance After tax After tax Voluntary
AU Gift After tax After tax Voluntary
Attachments, Garnishments and levies After tax After tax Required
Child Care After tax After tax Voluntary
Dental Plan After tax of Pretax After tax Voluntary
Disability After tax After tax Required
EAP Loan After tax After tax Voluntary
Fitness Center After tax After tax Voluntary
Flexible Spending (Medical and dependent) Pretax Pretax Voluntary
Legal Plan After tax After tax Voluntary
Life Insurance Optional After tax After tax Voluntary
Life Insurance Spouse or Dependent After tax After tax Voluntary
Medical plans After tax or Pretax After tax or Pretax Voluntary
Metrochek Pretax Pretax Voluntary
Miscellaneous deduction After tax After tax Voluntary
Parking After tax or Pretax After tax or Pretax Voluntary
Retirement After tax Pretax Voluntary
Saving Bonds After tax After tax Voluntary
Union Dues After tax After tax Required

 Tax Deductions

Type of Tax

Required or Voluntary

Exceptions to requirement

Medicare Required Students who are half time or greater and regularly attending classes are exempt. Foreign nationals with F, J, Q, or M Visas
FICA Required Students who are half time or greater and regularly attending classes are exempt. Foreign Nationals with F, J, Q or M Visas
Federal Withholding Required Foreign Nationals with tax treaty can be exempt
Foreign National (14% or 30%) Required Foreign Nationals with tax treaty can be exempt
State Withholding Required Foreign Nationals with tax treaty can be exempt