Frequently Asked Questions

No.  This new reporting requirement is for information purposes only and is to inform employees of the cost of their health care coverage.  This amount includes both the employee and employer costs for health care coverage.  This amount is NOT included in any other boxes on the W-2.

Yes, after January 31, 2017, you may print a copy from the self-service site.  You may access your information and/or print it as many times as you want using Two-Step Login with Duo Security.  Further information regarding DUO can be found on the ITS website.  Prior year tax forms are also available on the self-service site.    Remember to select “Stop Delivery” for future years!  

This form will be available on the Foreign National Information System (FNIS) by January 31 if you have elected electronic delivery of this form. You will receive an email notification as soon as your 1042-S form is posted.  If you did not elect electronic delivery, this form will be mailed via U.S. mail by January 31.  The 1042-S form(s) reflect the amount of earnings that were tax treaty covered and/or the 14% taxable fellowship income to F-1 and J-1 students.  Not all non U.S. citizens will have a 1042-S form.

Income is taxable in the year that it is paid, not the year in which it is earned.  Therefore, even though you earned the money in 2015, it was paid to you in 2016 and is taxable in 2016.

Certain items (retirement contributions and out of pocket benefit costs) reduce taxable income, but not your budgeted salary.

No.  You will receive a separate W-2 from Principal Life Insurance Company.  This W-2 will include all your taxable disability income received from Principal Life Insurance as disability payments.  Any questions regarding these W-2’s should be directed to Principal Life Insurance Company in Des Moines at (515) 248-4742.

There are three instances in which you may receive a W-2:

If you are retired from the University and are participating in the Early Incentive Retirement Program (EIR) you may be receiving some taxable retirement benefits. 

If you are receiving disability income and also have life insurance coverage over $50,000.  The University of Iowa provides that insurance and the imputed amount over $50,000 is reportable on a W-2. 

If there was an adjustment of your previous years’ income that occurred in 2016.  An example of an adjustment would be a retroactive correction of pretax benefits.

No, the IRS does not require the University to report these payments unless you are a nonresident alien.  Nonresident alien scholarship/fellowship payments to F-1 and J-1 students require 14% federal tax withholding (if not treaty covered) and are reported to you on Form 1042-S.  If you would like to verify the amount you received in Scholarship/Fellowship payments provided through the payroll system, please select View Year End Tax Information and then Fellowship Payments on your self-service site.  You can read more about fellowship payments on the payroll website at

If the overpayment was completely repaid in 2016, the W-2 is correct.  If the overpayment has not been completely repaid, then the W-2 does not reflect any adjustments for the overpayment.  If the overpayment is repaid in a future year, a corrected 2016 W-2 will be issued with adjustments for Social Security and Medicare taxes (if appropriate) and a receipt will be issued for the amount repaid.  This receipt will need to be included with your personal tax return for the year in which the repayment is made. 

Your retirement deduction is subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes; however, it is not subject to federal and state income taxes.  Or you may be a student who qualifies to be exempt from Social Security and Medicare wages based on the number of course hours you are enrolled in during each semester.

People that have worked for two or more employers in 2016 may have had too much Social Security tax withholding.  The limit for 2016 is $7,347.00.  If you Social Security tax withholding is over this amount, you can request a refund on your personal income tax return.

There are limits on the amounts that can be put into a VRSP (Voluntary Retirement Savings Program).  If a person has had two or more employers in 2016, it is their responsibility to make sure that they do not go over the VRSP limits.

Please refer Notice 797 on the forms and publications section on the IRS site for information on eligibility and claiming the credit.

The name on your social security card should match what is on your W-2.  Name change information can be found on the ITS website.  If you have further questions, please email

The IRS matches your name and Social Security Number to their database.  The IRS does not match your address.  You should use your current address on your personal tax return.

If you worked an average of 30 hours or more per week, you will receive IRS Form 1095-C, Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage. This form includes information about the health insurance coverage offered to you by your employer.  Non-employed students and retirees that had health coverage will be receiving an IRS Form1095-B, Health Coverage.  The forms will be sent to your home address.  The forms are also available in Employee Self Service. The forms are not needed to complete your income tax return; however, they should be kept with your income tax records.  Questions regarding these forms should be directed to the University Benefits Office at 319-335-2676 or