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HR News 2017
The University of Arkansas Staff Senate, in collaboration with the Human Resources department conducted a confidential online Staff Campus Climate Survey in May 2017.
In order to save energy and reduce heating and other costs, the Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas will be closed, except for essential operations, beginning Friday, December 22, 2017. The campus will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Some of the days during this period are official state holidays, which will be recognized as follows: Christmas Eve (December 22), Christmas Day (December 25), in lieu of Veteran’s Day (December 26), In lieu of employee’s birthday (December 27), and New Year's Day (January 1). Two days, December 28 and 29 would ordinarily be charged to employees' annual leave. However, Governor Hutchinson has granted the University permission to allow 12 month UA employees, who do not have enough accumulated time or do not wish to use their annual leave on those days to work extra hours, as needed, during the earlier part of December 2017, to avoid being charged annual leave for December 28 and 29.
The number of extra hours employees will need to work will depend on whether they are exempt or non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
- Employees who are exempt under the FLSA (that is, not entitled to compensatory time off or overtime pay for hours over 40 worked in any work week) may work an extra 16 hours earlier in December, at their department's convenience to avoid using annual leave.
- Employees who are not exempt under the FLSA (that is, who are entitled to compensatory time off or overtime pay for hours over 40 worked in any work week, at a rate of one-and-one-half hours for each hour worked in excess of 40 hours) may accumulate an additional 16 hours of compensatory time by working a total of 10 hours and 40 minutes that would qualify as compensatory time earlier in December, at their department's convenience, to avoid using annual leave.
- Employees who do not wish to work extra hours earlier in December may use annual leave (for both exempt and non-exempt employees) or regular compensatory time off (for non-exempt employees).
Employees are responsible for arranging their schedules with their supervisor prior to December to work the extra hours. Departments are asked to accommodate employees who wish to work extra hours in order to avoid using annual leave. Employees who have 256 vacation hours or more, should not work the extra time, due to losing vacation hours going into 2018. Deans and directors must demonstrate to the appropriate vice chancellor why accommodations are not feasible where they are requested and denied.
Human Resources is providing the following information to help you prepare for the 2017 tax season.
Sign in to the Employee/Affiliate Access using your UARK (email) ID and Password.
Click on “My Personal Data”
Click on “Addresses, etc.”
Enter any changes to your information.
Scroll to bottom of page and click on “Validate”
If no errors, click on “Save”
IRS YouTube Video:
IR-2017-181, Oct. 30, 2017
WASHINGTON — As the end of 2017 approaches, the Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to consider a tax withholding checkup. Taking a closer look at the taxes being withheld now can help ensure the right amount is withheld, either for tax refund purposes or to avoid an unexpected tax bill next year.
The withholding review takes on even more importance given a tax law change that started last year. This change requires the IRS to hold refunds a few weeks for some early filers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. In addition, the IRS and state tax administrators continue to strengthen identity theft and refund fraud protections, which means some tax returns could require additional review time next year to protect against fraud.
"With only a few months left in the year, this is a good time to check on your withholding," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "How much you choose to withhold is a personal choice, but checking now can reduce the chance for a surprise tax bill when you file in 2018."
By adjusting the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, taxpayers can ensure that the right amount is taken out of their pay throughout the year. Having the correct amount withheld from paychecks helps to ensure that taxpayers don’t pay too much tax during the year – and it also means taxpayers have money upfront rather than waiting for a bigger refund after filing their tax return.
The IRS also cautions people to be careful and check to make sure they have enough withheld from their paychecks. Under-withholding can lead to a tax bill as well as an additional penalty. The IRS especially encourages people with a second job, such as those in the sharing economy, or with a major life change to check whether they are having enough withheld or if they are making the appropriate estimated tax payments.
In many cases, a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, is all that is needed to make an adjustment. Taxpayers submit it to their employer, and the employer uses the form to figure the amount of federal income tax to be withheld from pay. But remember – it takes time for employers to process these payroll changes, so any adjustments should be made quickly so it can take affect during the final pay periods of 2017.
The IRS offers several online resources to help taxpayers bring taxes paid closer to what is owed. They are available anytime on IRS.gov. They include:
- IRS Withholding Calculator – Online tool helps determine the correct amount of tax to withhold.
- IRS Publication 505 – Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax.
- Tax Withholding – Complete information on withholding, estimated taxes, FAQs and more.
Self-employed taxpayers, including those involved in the sharing or gig economy, can use the Form 1040-ES worksheet to correctly figure their estimated tax payments. If they also work for an employer, they can often forgo making these quarterly payments by instead having more tax taken out of their pay.
People Working in the Sharing Economy
The IRS encourages people in the sharing or ‘gig’ economy who also have a job with an employer to take a close look at their withholding. Doing so can help avoid unexpected tax issues.
Some Refunds Delayed in 2018
The IRS wants taxpayers to be aware of several factors that could affect the timing of their tax refunds next year. Due to a December 2015 law, the IRS cannot issue refunds on tax returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit before mid-February. Under the change required by Congress in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, the IRS must hold the entire refund – even the portion not associated with the EITC and ACTC.
This law change, which went into effect in 2017, helps ensure that taxpayers get the refund they are owed by giving the IRS more time to help detect and prevent fraud.
Stronger Security Filters and Tax Refund Processing
As the IRS steps up its efforts to combat identity theft and tax refund fraud through its many processing filters, legitimate refund returns sometimes get delayed. While the IRS is working diligently to stop fraudulent refunds from being issued, it is also focused on releasing legitimate refunds as quickly as possible.
The IRS, state tax agencies and the private sector tax industry continue to work together to fight fraud through their Security Summit partnership. Additional safeguards will be set in place for the 2018 filing season.
HR Training and Events
Please visit the EDP Training Calendar for registration. Classes begin on September 20th. Limited seats are available. Any further questions can be addressed with Valerie Casey at 575-5351 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.