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September 29, 2011

Payroll tax info being sent to homes

University employees should be watching their mail at home during the week of Oct. 10 for a letter from the University marked “Important Tax Information Enclosed.”

The tax information is related to Act 32 of 2008 (see Sept. 15 University Times), which requires employers to withhold local earned income taxes (EIT) for employees, beginning in January.

These changes won’t affect employees who live in the city of Pittsburgh because the University already withholds their local taxes. But residents of other Pennsylvania communities who file their own local wage tax forms quarterly now will have the amounts withheld as well.

The mailing will include the employee’s address as well as municipality and school district. Pitt Payroll director Daniel Jeffreys said it’s important to ensure the information is correct because that’s what the University will be using to determine the proper withholding amounts.

If a wrong address results in local tax deductions being made incorrectly, it will be up to the employee to correct the situation with the local municipalities involved, he said.

If the information is correct, no response is necessary. However, if there are any inaccuracies, employees will need to fill out a residency certification form.

Certification forms also must be filed when an employee moves or changes his or her name.

All employees also should look closely at their first January paycheck to determine that the proper amount is being withheld, Jeffreys said.

Residency certification forms and other information on Act 32 can be found at

—Kimberly K. Barlow

Filed under: Feature,Volume 44 Issue 3

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