W-2 and W-2c Frequently Asked Questions
Employers must provide each employee and the Social Security Administration (SSA) a Form W-2 to report the wages paid, tax withholding, and taxable benefits for each employee for the calendar year. Some exceptions apply for Nonresident Aliens/Foreign Nationals.
The University of Alaska is required to furnish copies B, C, and 2 of Form W-2 to employees by January 31 of the following calendar year. The "furnish" requirement is met if the form is mailed on or before January 31.
Contact the UA Human Resources Accounting Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 450-8202.
The HR Accounting Team can only provide information related to the W-2 produced by the University of Alaska. For tax advice or questions regarding filing procedures, please contact the IRS or your tax advisor.
Your W-2 is mailed to the same address as your other HR-related document (benefits information, pay check, etc.). If your address has changed or is incorrect in the Human Resources (HR) system, your W-2 may be forwarded to your new address or may be returned to the University of Alaska.
You can verify your HR address in UAOnline by selecting "Personal Information" on the main screen, and then selecting "Manage Your Address, Email and Phone Information." The address is listed under the “Mailing Address” section on the page.
If your name or social security number appear incorrect, please submit a request to the UA HR Personnel team to make a correction. Once you have clicked on the link to submit a request, please put “SSN Correction” in the Brief Description field and attach a copy of your social security card.
Please do not provide your social security number through email to ensure information security.
If your name and SSN are correct but are not the same as those shown on your Social Security card, refer to the SSA website or call 1-800-SSA-1213.
The amounts in Box 1 (Wages, tips, other compensation), Box 3 (Social Security wages), and Box 5 (Medicare wages and tips) will differ from one another and from your year-to-date earnings. This is because some items deducted from an employee's gross pay are considered pre-tax items and therefore are not subject to Federal, Medicare or Social Security tax withholding. Also, some employees will receive taxable benefits which will increase the taxes and are subject to Federal, Medicare or Social Security tax withholding.
You may view your year-to-date earnings via UAOnline. Login to UAOnline, select "Employee Services," "Pay Information," and "Earnings History." Select the From and To dates (e.g. January 2021 to December 2021) and click "Display." Totals for all of your earnings types will be displayed for the selected period.
Federal pre-tax deductions include PERS, TRS, ORP, employee and dependent health charges, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, university parking permits, and TDAs (tax-deferred annuities).
Medicare and Social Security pre-tax deductions include employee and dependent health charges, flexible spending accounts, and university parking fees.
Taxable benefits include UA paid tuition, personal use of university vehicle (mileage), relocation, FIP (Financially Interdependent Partner) taxable health benefits and Additional Life Insurance Taxable benefits. All of these taxable benefits are subject to Federal, Medicare and Social Security tax withholding.
The year-to-date amounts for the deductions can also be viewed on UAOnline. Login to UAOnline, and then select "Employee Services," "Pay Information," and "Deductions History." Select the From and To dates (e.g. January 2015 to December 2015) and click "Display." Totals for all of your deductions will be displayed for the selected period. Click on a deduction name to view a monthly breakdown.
Tuition for graduate level courses taken by employees in excess of $5,250 is also a taxable benefit and subject to federal, FICA Old Age (Social Security), and FICA Medicare taxes. Any taxable tuition amount will be included in Box 1 (Wages, Tips and Other Compensation). Box explanations from the IRS are available on the W-2 Form Explanations webpage and on the back of the printed Form W-2. Contact your tax consultant for the appropriate IRS reporting process.
For assistance with W-2 information or other tax forms issued by the University of Alaska, please submit a request for assistance with HR Accounting.