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Posted November 19, 2014

Retirement Tax Savings Limits for 2015

The IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) affecting the dollar limits for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2015 tax year. Participants under age 50 can contribute up to $18,000 in the Supplemental Retirement Plan (403(b)) program and the Virginia Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) (457) (an increase of $500 from 2014). Participants age 50 and over can contribute $24,000 in each plan (an increase of $1,000 from 2014). If you wish to change your 403(b) contribution, please complete a 403(b) salary reduction agreement and return to Benefits at MS 3C3.  If you wish to change your 457 contribution, please call ICMA-RC at 1-VRS-DC-PLAN1 (1-877-327-5261), or log into your account at .


Posted November 18, 2014

UPDATE: Last Chance for On-Site Flu Shots for COVA Participants

The Flu Shot Clinic for COVA Care, COVA HDHP, and COVA HealthAware participants will now take place from 9am -12pm. This is an on-site flu shot clinic in conjunction with Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day on Tuesday, December 2nd in the Johnson Center Gold Room. Make your appointment today! Please call 877.728.6655, Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For details, please visit Flu Shot Information 2014.

Posted November 14, 2014

Gobble, Gobble

Please check out our annual timesheet guidance for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Posted October 20, 2014

Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) Underway

The 2014 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) is underway. Contact Helga Yunker at for pledge cards or additional information. Online giving is available for both payroll deduction as well as one-time credit card donations at eDirect. A list of charities can be viewed at

Posted October 16, 2014

Do You Have Your Financial Fitness Wrapped Up?

Join HR & Payroll, our financial partners, and others with expertise to share as we explore many different aspects of financial well-being including saving, investing, budgeting, retirement, individual planning, and more. Visit Financial Well-Being resources to register for on-site and videoconferenced classes. There are also on-line webinars and classes to watch at your convenience as well as tools and calculators to help you plan ahead.  The financial well-being seminar series will run throughout 2014-15.

Build your financial knowledge on-campus or at a time convenient to you. Take that first step today!

Posted August 20, 2014

Do You Know Someone Who Stands Out from the Crowd?

Mason’s best and brightest deserve recognition.  If you know a superstar, nominate them for Mason’s Employee of the Month.

Additional information can be found at Contact HR Reward and Recognition at with questions.

Posted June 9, 2014

Mason Star Newsletter

We want to highlight your award winners in our annual newsletter, The Mason Star! If you had an employee awards ceremony in Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014), please submit the name of the award(s) and the employee recipient(s) by Thursday, July 3 to for inclusion in The Mason Star. Last year???s issue is available for review at The Mason Star.

Posted January 16, 2014

Additional Leave Hours

Just before winter break, the Governor granted an additional 4 hours of holiday leave for Tuesday, December 31, 2013.  Because Mason was already closed for winter break, the 4 hours have been added to eligible employee’s leave balances as a special flex holiday.  The hours can be used through December 24, 2014.

Posted December 12, 2013

2014 Tax Implications for Employee Graduate Tuition Waiver

Per the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), beginning with calendar year 2014, employees who currently utilize a tuition waiver for graduate study will have amounts in excess of $5,250 reported as taxable earnings. This means that your tax withholding will increase in the pay period in which the excess amount is reported. We expect to report amounts in excess of $5,250 as taxable income in October 2014. Anything less than or equal to $5,250 is not reportable.

Tuition waivers for employees in undergraduate programs are not impacted by this change.

Additional information is available in IRS Publication 970, Chapter 11.

If you have any questions, please contact Mira Halilovic at 703.993.2625 or




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