Information and guidelines to keep your residing and campus addresses up to date.
Advance on my pay
Payroll Services is not authorized to give you an advance on your next paycheck unless you weren't paid, were not paid correctly, or have terminated employment with the University of Iowa. (Reference Salary Advances, University Operations Manual)
The University Benefits Office provides comprehensive benefit-related services for faculty, staff, students, and retirees. This includes health, dental, life, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, long term care, health and dependent care spending accounts, retirement plans, leaves of absence, catastrophic leave and donations, workers' compensation, vacation, sick leave, and a web based enrollment system. For information visit the Benefits website.
Please contact us if you need our assistance.
Direct deposit is mandatory.
Your paycheck will be deposited on your payday unless payday falls on a weekend day or a holiday. If your payday is a weekend day or a holiday then your paycheck will be deposited on the first banking day after the weekend or holiday. For instance, if your payday falls on Saturday then your paycheck would be deposited on Monday, unless Monday is a bank holiday, in which case the deposit would be Tuesday.
To set up or change your bank information, go to Employee Self Service to complete an interactive direct deposit form that will electronically update your payroll records. For additional instructions on setting up your direct deposit, please refer to the direct deposit instructions (pdf).
You may distribute your pay up to a total of three direct deposit accounts. Multiple Direct Deposit Accounts must be set up or changed on Employee Self Service. Please visit the multiple direct deposit FAQs for more information.
Direct deposit accounts cannot be set up for banking institutions outside of the United States.
Deadline for changes: 12:00 noon four business days prior to the payday.
For additional information contact Rox Schomers, 319-335-2803.
Employee Eligibility Verification (Form I-9)
Departments with new hires and rehires beginning employment on or after April 1, 2010, must complete the Form I-9 electronically using I-9 eXpress. The I-9 must be completed with in the first three days of paid employment. Additionally, certain situations may require the employee to complete I-9 reverification (Section 3 of Form I-9). Please refer to the Faculty and Staff Immigration Services website for more information or contact Denise Fuller, 319-335-2387, or Marianne Stratton, 319-335-2420.
If an employee or an employee’s department requests that an extra compensation payment be paid outside of the employee’s regular payroll, then the payment is subject to supplemental tax withholding. Supplemental withholding rates are 25% for federal tax and 6% for Iowa tax. If appropriate, social security and Medicare tax will also be withheld at 6.2% and 1.45%.
For example, if an employee who is normally paid on the first of the month makes a request for extra compensation to be paid by an off-cycle payroll, the tax will be withheld at the supplemental rates. If the employee elects to have the extra compensation payment paid with their next monthly payroll, the tax is computed using the graduated withholding tables.
For individuals who receive fellowship payments through the University of Iowa Payroll Services, review the Fellowship Payments rules that apply.
Gift certificates of any amount given to an employee may have tax implications and should be reported to Payroll Services. The Taxable Items Work Sheet for Payroll Services (pdf) can be used for the reporting. Please reference Cash Awards and Gift Certificates, University Operations Manual for additional information or contact Terri Hein, 319-335-2374.
HR Transaction System
HR Unit Representative
Your HR Unit Rep is an excellent resource for questions you may have about your employment. You can find your HR Unit Rep by clicking on "My HR Unit Rep" on Employee Self Service.
Your University of Iowa Photo ID Card is your official identification card, providing access to facilities and academic services across campus. For information about your ID Card, please visit the Iowa One® Card website.
Identity Theft and Tax Fraud
The University of Iowa encourages all employees to remain vigilant and pro-active in protecting personal information.
Two-Step verification is a way to further protect user and institutional data by requiring something in addition to the pairing of username and password to authenticate the user before allowing access. The Duo Security Two-Step Verification website has additional information on this verification process.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has developed a new website related to identity theft. The easy to use website includes guidance related to next steps based upon different types of identity theft (not just tax fraud), sample letters, contact information for different accounts such as investment, student loans, utilities etc. In addition, the Iowa Department of Revenue has information on their website regarding identity theft and reporting fraud.
Independent Contractor Payments
To make a payment to an independent contractor who is providing a service to the University of Iowa and who is using a Social Security Number or an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), create a Services Voucher in the Accounts Payable e-Pro system.
For payments of $5,000 or greater in a project year, you may need to complete a Professional Services Agreement (PSA). Please see the PSA policy information on the Purchasing Department website.
To make a payment to a business using a Federal Tax Identification # (Form W9 required), create a Non-Services Voucher in the Accounts Payable e-Pro System. For information about Non-Services Voucher payments, please visit the Accounts Payable website.
When an employee receives compensation from the clerk of court for jury duty service, he or she must reimburse the University of Iowa for their time away from work. Jurors are paid a daily rate plus mileage. The daily rate amount should be turned over to the University. The employee should restrictively endorse the check from the court by writing "Pay to the order of the University of Iowa" and signing their name on the back of the check. The check should be sent to Payroll Services, 120-30 USB, along with the employee's name and ID number. If the payment includes mileage, the employee should cash their jury duty check and then write a personal check to The University of Iowa for the amount of the jury payment, excluding mileage. Send the check to Payroll Services, 120-30 USB. (i.e.; for county court, two days of jury service would be $60. Grand jury and federal court payments may be a different daily amount than county court). For additional information, contact Marianne Stratton, 319-335-2420.
Lost or Damaged Payroll Checks
If your paper payroll check is lost or damaged, you will need to contact the payroll office to report this and request a reissue of that check. The replacement check will be available for pick up at Payroll Services 120-30 USB.
If a lost check should show up, please return it to Payroll Services.
Name changes for current or former students must go thru the Registrar's Service Center, 17 Calvin Hall (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and can be done by following the instructions on the Request for Change of Name form.
Faculty/Staff (who are not a current or former student) should sign in to Employee Self Service to make name changes.
You must change your name with the Social Security Office before changing your name with the University of Iowa. The Social Security Administration Office is located in Suite 100 at 1100 6th Street in Coralville.
Nonresident Alien Taxation
When an active employee is overpaid the amount of the overpayment will be deducted from the employee's next check. If the amount of the overpayment is greater than the next check, a letter will be sent to the employee regarding the remaining overpayment. The balance due will be sent to University Billing and payment(s) will be made through that office.
If the overpaid employee is no longer working at the university or is on an extended leave, they will receive a letter from Payroll Services regarding the overpayment. The balance due will be sent to University Billing and payment(s) will be made through that office.
Once the overpayment is paid in full, all necessary adjustments to the employee's earnings and taxes withheld will be made. If the overpayment is not paid in full in the same calendar year as the overpayment occurred, the W-2 issued in the year the overpayment occurred will not be correct.
If the overpayment is repaid in a different calendar year than when the overpayment occurred, the employee will receive a corrected W-2 for adjustments for Social Security and Medicare taxes if appropriate (the corrected W-2 is for the employee's records only). They will also receive a receipt for the amount repaid and this will need to be attached to their personal income tax return for the year in which the overpayment was repaid.
Your paycheck on the first of each month is for your salary earned the previous calendar month. If you are eligible for overtime, shift pay, etc., these pay adjustments are paid one month in arrears. In other words, on December 1 you are paid for your November salary, and overtime adjustments from October, if you are eligible for these pay adjustments.
Certain deductions are made on employees' checks. Some university offices initiate the deductions or adjustments. For specific information about:
- Parking deduction--visit Parking and Transportation.
- Accounts Receivable deduction--refer to your University Bill link on Employee Self Service or visit the University Billing Office website.
For all other type of adjustments or deductions, please email Payroll.
Paycheck Earning Statements
Employees may access their earnings statements on Employee Self Service. Choose "View Paycheck History" from the Payroll options.
There are four kinds of taxes we must withhold from your paycheck. Social Security tax is 6.2 percent of your salary to a maximum salary of $127,200 for 2017. Medicare tax is 1.45 percent of salary up to $200,000 and 2.35 percent for wages in excess of $200,000 paid in the calendar year. Federal and state income tax withholding are calculated based upon what you claim on your federal and state W-4 Withholding Allowance Certificates. On these certificates the more allowances that you claim the less tax that is withheld. If you claim zero allowances we withhold the maximum tax. Visit Payroll Tax for more information or contact Rachel Quinlan, 319-353-2097.
Salaried employees are paid monthly on the first of each month. When payday falls on a weekend or holiday, paychecks are issued on the first business day after the first of the month.
Your paycheck on the first of each month is for your salary earned in the previous calendar month. If you are eligible for overtime, shift pay, etc., these pay adjustments are paid one month in arrears. In other words, on December 1 you are paid for your November salary and, if you are eligible for these, pay adjustments from October.
Academic year appointments are paid in twelve installments—August 1 through July 1. New faculty are paid for two-twelfths of their pay on September 1 (for the months of July and August.) Semester appointments are paid in five installments. First semester is paid on September 1 through January 1, and second semester is paid February 1 through June 1.
Hourly employees are paid biweekly on every other Tuesday. When the biweekly payday falls on a holiday, paychecks are issued on the first business day after the payday.
Research Subject Payments
All staff members except students, medical house staff, fellows, adjunct faculty and temporary staff with short-term appointments of less than 6 months are required to participate in the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS), or in a university-funded retirement plan with Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA/CREF). Review Pension Plans in the staff handbook for the annual contribution rates.
Staff members may also elect to participate in the Voluntary Retirement Savings Program (VRSP). If you have more than one employer and have VRSP deductions from both employers, it is your responsibility to be aware of the limit amounts.
Rewards and Recognition
Units are encouraged to celebrate staff efforts in ways that are meaningful to staff locally and at a time that is convenient for your unit. For information visit Rewards and Recognition.
The University of Iowa is participating in TreasuryDirect which is a program for purchasing electronic U.S. Treasury products, including savings bonds. In order to participate in payroll deductions for savings bonds, participants will need to open a TreasuryDirect account at www.treasurydirect.gov. Once your account is established you can then use Employee Self Service to establish your monthly payroll deduction in any amount you choose. Additional information is available from the Benefits Office.
SEIU Pay Adjustments
Check with your supervisor to find out your comp time balances and what is included in "Adjustments to Pay" on your paycheck earnings statement. Each University of Iowa Health Care department is provided with a detailed listing of all pay adjustments for the pay period.
Self Service Password Problems
Problems with your password can be easily corrected. Visit the UI Hawk-ID Guide for assistance.
Short Hours Form
Graduate students may be exempt from FICA tax if their department completes a Short Hours Form and files that form with the Registrar's Office. To obtain the Short Hours Form, departments should call the Verification Department at the Registrar's Office, 319-335-0229. For more information about Student FICA tax exemption, please review the Payroll Tax Information.
Stale Dated Payroll Checks
A check is considered stale dated if it is held for a period of six months or more. At that point a bank is no longer obligated to pay on it. If you receive notice from your bank that they are unable to cash a check because it has stale dated or if you are still holding an un-cashed paper check dated past six months, you will want to contact Accounts Payable to request a reissued check. They are located at 202 Plaza Centre One Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, phone number is 319-335-0115.
The Student Employment Office is located in room 213 of Calvin Hall. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Student FICA Tax Exemption
Graduate students may be exempt from FICA if they are registered for 0-2 credit hours or more and if their department completes a Short Hours Form indicating that the student is engaged in research in fulfillment of a degree requirement, writing a dissertation or thesis, or preparing a prospectus. This form must be registered with the University Registar's Office. Find more information on the Student FICA tax exemption on the Student FICA information site.
Termination of Employment
Salary earned in your final pay period will be paid on the normal pay date. For example - if you terminate in November, your November salary will be paid on the December 1 paycheck. Payout of your accrued unpaid vacation, qualifying sick time (up to $2,000 for unused accumulated sick leave if you are age 55 or older), compensation and overtime hours are generally disbursed as a separate payment typically on the pay date immediately following your regular pay period. For example – if you terminate in November, your payout for unused vacation hours as well as November time record adjustments will be paid on the January 1 paycheck. These final payments will be deposited into your active direct deposit account or if no active direct deposit account, your paper check will be mailed to the most recent home address we have on file for you. Your department will revoke your access to computer networks, systems, email, and passwords upon your termination. Employee Self Service will remain available for 18 months, provided your password is kept current. If access is denied, follow the Help Desk instructions on Employee Self Service. Please remember to go to Employee Self Service site to make the necessary changes to your address so your W-2 tax form can be mailed to the appropriate place. Your final W-2 will be mailed to you prior to January 31st of the calendar year following your final paycheck. For example, if you terminate in November 2013, you will receive your vacation payout in January 2014 and you will receive your final W-2 from the University of Iowa in January 2015.
Vacation and Sick Leave
Those at the university who accrue vacation and sick leave do so on a monthly basis depending on percent of time employed, pay basis, whether in a professional or merit status and, in the case of merit and SEIU employees, seniority date. Find more details about Vacation and Sick Leave Accrual and Usage or contact Rus Schomers, 319-335-2378, or Dan Schropp, 319-335-2382.