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Posted September 19, 2018

Annual Member Benefit Profiles

Annual Member Benefit Profiles (MBPs) are now available for faculty and staff who are enrolled in Plan 1 and Plan 2 of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). You can view your profiles by logging in to your account at https://myvrs.varetire.org/login/.

 

MBPs provide information about your retirement and other benefits you have as a member of VRS.

 

MBPs are currently not available for Hybrid Retirement Plan members. However, these employees can look up their current defined benefit and defined contribution account balances and other information through the Hybrid Retirement Plan site

Posted September 6, 2018

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Reimbursement Claims

If you were enrolled in flexible spending accounts (FSA) during the 2017-2018 plan year, you have until September 30, 2018, to send reimbursement claims and any necessary documentation to Anthem. These claims are for eligible expenses that were incurred between July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

 

You may file reimbursement claims by:

  • Logging into your account on the Anthem website
  • Faxing to 888-347-5212
  • Mailing to Anthem FSA, P.O. Box 660165, Dallas, TX 75266-0165 

 

Reimbursement Forms:

  • Reimbursement forms are available on our Forms Page.
  • For assistance with form and claims processing, please call Anthem FSA at 877-451-7244.

 

Health FSA Participants:

  •  Please provide documentation for expenses that were paid using the debit card. You may be taxed on any amount spent for which there is no documentation.

 

Posted September 6, 2018

9-Month Faculty Open Enrollment Changes

Nine-month faculty who made changes during the Open Enrollment period in May 2018 may see adjustments to their first fall paycheck on September 14, 2018.

Why?

  • To ensure there was no interruption to nine-month faculty health benefits from June-August 2018, the Benefits Office double deducted health insurance premiums from March-May 2018.
  • However, this process did not account for any Open Enrollment changes (such as new plan selection, addition/removal of family members, or premium rewards) that may have taken effect when the new plan year began on July 1, 2018
  • The Benefits Office is now making adjustments to reflect the coverage that was in effect during July and August.

Posted August 29, 2018

Changes to Maryland Taxpayer Paycheck

Details: September 11, Fairfax, Merten Hall 1202, 12 – 1 p.m.

 

As part of the Anthem Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Human Resources

& Payroll is offering a well-being series focusing on mental health topics.

 

September’s topic is Creating a Positive Work Environment. This seminar

will address:

·         Ways to build trust

·         Positive communication

·         How to set expectations and needs

·         Creative ideas for recognition and rewards

·         How to build teamwork

·         Finding meaning in your work

·         Finding humor in the workplace

 

All employees are welcome to attend. To register, visit

http://hr.gmu.edu/learning/register.php?id=2778&type=833.

Posted August 22, 2018

Financial Well-being Seminar - Building a Better Budget

Details: Merten Hall Room 2001, September 19, 12-1 p.m.

 

Learn how to build a better budget by attending the financial well-being seminar, “Building a Better Budget,” led by Dawn Davis from Apple Federal Credit Union.

 

After identifying short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals, participants will learn:

  • How to design realistic spending plans to live within their means
  •  How to design realistic saving plans to reach their goals
  • The different options available for getting and staying out of debt

To register, visit http://hr.gmu.edu/learning/hr.php.

 

The seminar will be video conferenced to Arlington and SciTech. If you have questions, please contact benefits@gmu.edu.

Posted August 10, 2018

Tax withholding Reminder- Avoid a Surprise in 2019

In 2018, there were major changes to the federal tax code, which will impact your 2018 tax return. To assist taxpayers, the IRS released an updated Withholding Calculator https:/www.irs.gov/newsroom/use-the-irs-withholding-calculator-to-determine-the-right-amount-of-withholding-for-you which can be used to determine if you are having the correct amount of tax withholding. If withholding changes are needed, you can update your federal withholding through Patriot Web.

 

What Does This Mean?

Due to changes in the federal tax rates and tax code, you may wish to use the updated tax withholding calculator to review your personal tax situation and ensure you are having sufficient amounts withheld from future paychecks. For more information on the changes under the new tax law and how to use the withholding calculator, visit the IRS website https:/www.irs.gov/newsroom/updated-withholding-calculator-form-w-4-released-calculator-helps-taxpayers-review-withholding-following-new-tax-law.

 

Do I have to complete a new Form W-4?

No. If you do not want to make any changes to your withholding for future paychecks, no action is necessary.

 

How do I make changes to my withholding?

To update your individual federal withholding, log in to the Patriot Web Self-Service page at: https://patriotweb.gmu.edu/

 

As always, consult with your tax advisor as necessary.

 

 

 

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