Frequently Asked Questions for Tax Filling Forms
1. I have not received my W-2 form. What should I do?
Please call the W-2 information line on extension 3580 or e-mail to
Wfirstname.lastname@example.org. We will verify mailing address and send you a copy.
Please have your full name, AU ID number (Colleague ID number) or
Social Security Number ready.
2. I lost my W-2. How can I get a duplicated copy?
A copy is available through the HR/Payroll Connection
Click on the link for "W-2" and select the year(s). Follow the printing instructions.
3. I do not know the definition of each box on my W-2. Can you help me?
When you review your online W-2 on HR/Payroll Connections
4. My Social Security and Medicare wages are different from my
Federal and State taxable wages. Why?
There are two possible answers. 1) If you are a full-time student and worked part-time, you do not pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. 2) If you are a full-time faculty or staff and chose a pre-tax retirement plan, the pre-tax retirement is deducted from your taxable income, but is not deductible from your Social Security and Medicare wages.
5. I think totals/amounts on my W-2 are wrong. How do I check?
Please contact the Payroll office. We will complete an inquiry form and do necessary research for you. A payroll specialist will get back to you with answers.
6. What is the Social Security wage limit for Calendar Year 2011?
The 2011 Social Security limit is $106,800.
7. I did not work at
If you received a graduate financial aid award that has a learning/work requirement,the learning/work component is taxable income and reported on your W-2.
8. I received graduate tuition remission. Am I supposed to receive a W-2?
If your graduate tuition remission award did not have a learning/work
component as a service requirement, although taxable, the University was not required to withhold taxes. Therefore, no W-2 form was issued.
9. What is the amount in
Box 10 is your dependent care flexible spending account. Box 12, Code C is the taxable cost of group-term life insurance over $50,000. Code E is your pretax retirement plan amount. Code P is moving expense reimbursements paid directly to you, and this amount is not reported in Box 1. Code G is 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.
10. I had a tuition remission benefit as a staff member; however, I do not seem to see it reported on my W-2. Can you help me?
separately on your W-2. The taxable amount is included in your FICA,
federal and state taxable income.
11. I am an international student and received a graduate financial aid award. 14% tax was deducted from my paycheck for the amount over and above my work component. Where do I see the tax amount?
The taxable portion of your work/learning component and tax amount withheld is reported on your W-2. You are referring to the remaining scholarship fund amount that has no work/learning component. It will be reported on a Form 1042-S along with the 14% tax that was withheld. According to
and Form 1042-S for your
12. I am an international student and received a foreign tax treaty benefit.
Would my W-2 or 1042-S be different from my friends?
Yes. Each individual may have a different situation. Please call the Foreign National Specialist in the Payroll Office if you have further questions.