W-2 Statements

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Mail Distribution

Syracuse University is responsible for reporting to Federal and State agencies all employee taxable wages, and the associated taxes paid. At the end of each tax year (January 1, YYYY through December 31, YYYY), Syracuse University compiles and distributes a W-2 statement for each employee. The information on the W-2 statement is used by employees to file their Federal and State income tax returns.

W-2 statements are mailed to the employee’s permanent address listed in the PeopleSoft system. Employees have the option to elect to receive electronic W-2 forms. Click here for instructions. Click here for frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Access Personal Services within the MySlice to update your address information. For assistance reference Update Personal Information.


Reprint W-2 on MySlice

Employees can view and reprint their W-2 statement within Employee Services on the MySlice. Historical W-2 statements are available for calendar year 2005 to the current calendar year.


Correcting W-2 Information

Syracuse University reports wages to the Social Security Administration for its use in calculating potential future social security retirement benefits.

Verify that your name and Social Security Number on your W-2 statement matches that listed on your Social Security card. If your name or Social Security Number is incorrect on your W-2 statement, contact Payroll as soon as possible to correct your W-2 statement.

Address information from your W-2 statement is not reported to the Federal or State government. Incorrect address information on your W-2 does not require a corrected statement.


W-2 Statement Descriptions

Information included on Syracuse University’s W-2 Wage and Tax Statement is detailed below:

Box 1: Wages, Tips, Other Compensation

Subtract before-tax benefit deductions (health insurance, dental, parking, etc.), and before-tax retirement deductions from your gross wages to arrive at the taxable wages reported in Box 1.

Box 2: Federal Income Tax Withheld

Total federal income tax withheld.

The amount is based on the withholding status and number of withholding allowances claimed.

For assistance reference Update your Tax Withholding Status and/or Allowances

Box 3: Social Security Wages

Subtract before-tax benefit deductions (health insurance, dental, parking, etc.) from your gross wages to arrive at the taxable wages reported in Box 3. A maximum of $102,000 of wages, the annual Social Security wage base, would be reported in Box 3.

Box 4: Social Security Tax Withheld

Total social security tax withheld. Tax rate: 6.2%

Box 5: Medicare Wages and Tips

Subtract before-tax benefit deductions (health insurance, dental, parking, etc.) from your gross wages to arrive at the taxable wages reported in Box 5.

Box 6: Medicare Tax Withheld

Total Medicare tax withheld. Tax rate: 1.45%

Box 10: Dependent Care Benefits

Total before-tax dependent care flexible spending account contributions deducted from your pay.

Box 12, Code E:

Elective before-tax employee contributions to 403(b) retirement plan per a salary reduction agreement.

Box 12, Code P:

Excludable (non-taxable) moving expense reimbursements paid to you by Syracuse University

Box 12, Code T:

Adoption assistance program reimbursements paid to you by Syracuse University

Box 13: Retirement Plan

Retirement Plan box will be checked if you contributed to a retirement plan and/or if Syracuse University made contributions to a retirement plan on your behalf.

Box 15: State and Employer’s State ID Number

State of employment and Syracuse University’s State ID Number

Box 16: State Wages, Tips, etc.

Subtract before-tax benefit deductions (health insurance, dental, parking, etc.), and before-tax retirement deductions from your gross wages to arrive at the taxable wages reported in Box 16.

Box 17: State Income Tax

Total state income tax withheld

Amount is based on the withholding status and the number of withholding allowances claimed.

For assistance reference Update your Tax Withholding Status and/or Allowances