By Bailey Carver, communications, Personal Money Management Center

Tax season has arrived and the Personal Money Management Center is excited to help you. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a program that offers free tax help to individuals who make $52,000 or less. We are proud to say that the University of Utah has had a VITA free tax clinic on its campus for the past six years and 2017 will be no different. We will be partnering with Beta Alpha Psi to help you complete your taxes with ease.

Our clinic opened on Feb. 6 in the Union Basement Computer Lab. Trained volunteers are on site to help you complete your taxes online during our open lab hours. This year there is also the opportunity to file your taxes online by going to My Free Taxes (be sure to click the left box that says file for free). For all information on what to bring to the VITA tax clinic visit Beta Alpha Psi’s website.

Over the past six years, VITA has helped 1,843 student’s file their taxes and saved them over $50,000 in fees for other tax services. Popular software charges $130 per service to complete and file a tax report. However, this year you have the opportunity to use the same software for free.

A note for international students: International Student and Scholar Services Office will be emailing you information to complete your taxes online through an entirely automated service. You should be expecting these emails to your UMail, keep an eye out.

What to expect at our clinic

  • NOTE: We will not be doing your taxes for you. Rather you will prepare your own taxes with easy to follow H&R Block software. We will have certified volunteers there for any questions you may have while preparing your taxes.
  • At our site, someone will greet you and set you up on a computer. If there are no computers available when you come in you may use your laptop, if you have one. The greeter will make sure you are setup properly.
  • When you have completed your taxes, before you file them, be sure to have a volunteer do a quality review to ensure that major credits and deductions were not missed.
  • After you have completed the process, we will have you save a copy of your tax return for your files. Also, we will ask you if you would like to fill out an optional survey to see what we can do better next year to assist you.

Our hours are as follows:
Monday 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 4-8 p.m.
Thursday 2-6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Union Basement Computer Lab
200 S. Central Campus Dr.

HR Updates


The Affordable Care Act (“ACA” also known as Health Care Reform), requires that all individuals be enrolled in health coverage. You will receive a Form 1095-C if you are (a) in a full-time, benefit-eligible position or (b) in a part-time position and enrolled in the University’s Employee Health Care Plan.  This form states that the University offered affordable health coverage to you and states the dates you and any family members were enrolled in the plan.

The IRS has extended the deadline for delivery of individual employee forms to March 6, 2017. The University will provide the forms to employees as soon as possible. (This extension does not apply to W-2 Forms – they are available now.)

You do not need your Form 1095-C to file your taxes. If you wish to file your taxes prior to receiving your Form 1095-C and you are unsure of the months in which you had coverage through the university or whether you were eligible for a premium tax credit for coverage you obtained through the Federal Marketplace, please contact the Benefits Department at 801-581-7447.

For information about Form 1095-C, see the Benefits Department’s webpage at

Consent to receive your Forms 1095-C and W-2 electronically. If you elect to receive the forms electronically, you will be able to view and print the forms at any time. Log in to CIS at and click on the 1095-C Consent Form link in the Employee Self Service Apps section. 


The RedMed Employee Health Clinic is sponsoring monthly brown bag meetings, held the third Thursday of each month at 12 p.m. in the Student Union Den.  Join us on Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. to learn about asthma. These sessions are being offered to inform and empower employees to take greater control of their health. Upcoming topics include:  viral vs. bacterial infections and allergies.

Services at RedMed are available to university employees at no cost. The clinic is located on the ground floor of the Union (next to the UCard office). RedMed’s nurse practitioners, in conjunction with medical director Dr. Jeremy Biggs, specialize in work-related injuries and management of workers compensation cases. Services also include other common urgent care concerns including cough, cold, cuts, burns, falls and more. Point of care testing includes a rapid strep, analysis for UTIs, urine pregnancy testing, and blood glucose checks for high/low blood sugar. We also offer the ability to perform throat, wound and urine cultures and other similar screenings.

Contact RedMed at 801-213-3303, email, or see the website.


Student Life

Scammers targeting U students again
Alta Sustainability Leadership Award recipients
Bennion Center names new associate director
UCard desgin contest ends
Student Media application deadline extended to April 25


Phone Scam Alert
With tax season wrapping up, please be cautious of scammers targeting university students.

The Salt Lake City Field Office of the FBI is again warning students to be on alert for a phone scam that spoofs the FBI’s phone number on the victim’s caller ID. A similar warning went out to students a couple of months ago about these same phone scammers targeting University of Utah students.

The FBI has received multiple calls from U students and their parents complaining of someone who claims to be representing the U.S. government or IRS and threatens to arrest them if they fail to pay thousands of dollars.

There have been reports of similar scams at universities in other states and in each case, the threats are associated with false claims ranging from money owed for student loans to delinquent taxes and overdue parking tickets.

It is not uncommon for scammers to obtain personal information such as names, personal cellphone numbers and emails from social media sites. Students should know that the FBI will not call private citizens requesting money. The caller will likely address you by name, but do not give out personal information to any unknown callers.

The number the scammers are using is masked as the number for a local FBI office in Utah. In some cases, the fraudsters will direct students online, claiming they can “verify” the caller ID phone number in an attempt to keep victims on the phone and legitimize the scam.

If you receive a call that seems suspicious, you should disconnect immediately and notify your local law enforcement.

Don’t let yourself fall prey to the scammers. If you receive these calls, do not follow the caller’s instructions. Rather, you should:

  • Notify your banking institutions.
  • Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file.
  • Contact local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger.
  • File a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center at


The Alta Sustainability Leadership Award winners, recognized for their innovative sustainability research at the University.

The Alta Sustainability Leadership Award winners, recognized for their innovative sustainability research at the University.

On March 2, the Sustainability Office and Alta Ski Area teamed up to award deserving members of the University of Utah community with the Alta Sustainability Leadership Award.

Maura Olivos, the sustainability coordinator at the Alta Environmental Center, said, “Alta recognizes, ‘it is not easy being green.’ It takes more than passion and smarts to be a leader and maintain effort or progress. Leadership requires honesty, dedication, empathy, courage, communication and a shared vision. If we don’t take the time to appreciate those that have stood out from the pack and displayed these qualities, leaders may be lost before they are found. Alta Ski Area realizes we must encourage our future leaders, because we need them.”

Those awarded this year include: Professor Brian Codding, an assistant professor in the Anthropology Department, Professor Carol M. Werner, a professor in the Psychology Department, Dr. Amanda Smith, an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering, Robin Rothfeder, a PhD student in City and Metropolitan Planning, Benjamin Fasoli, a graduate student in Atmospheric Sciences and the S.J. Quinney College of Law was given special recognition.

Click here to read the full story.


BobbiJo Kanter has been named associate director of Student Programs at the University of Utah Lowell Bennion Community Service Center. Kanter will oversee operations and community outcomes within the center’s student-directed programs. She will also supervise Utah Reads, Bennion Service House and Alternative Breaks.

     Kanter spent the last 10 years working as the director of program services for Special Olympics Utah. Prior to that, she served as the director of competition and training for Special Olympics Wyoming.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Kanter holds a master of arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She completed an undergraduate degree in history and psychology at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, where she played on the women’s soccer and track and field teams.

“I am committed to supporting underserved and underrepresented populations and ensuring University of Utah students find ways to meaningfully impact areas that are of interest to them,” Kanter says. She believes her experience in program development will be especially valuable as she mentors Bennion Center student leaders.

In her free time, Kanter enjoys running, cycling and spending time with her family, her dogs and her friends.

Contest runs Monday, April 4-Monday, April 18, 2016

The University of Utah’s UCard is getting a facelift.

UCard will sponsor a contest to determine the card’s new design. The contest runs April 4-18 and is open to all students, alumni, faculty, staff and fans who are 18 years of age or older. The top 10 submissions will be selected by a university committee and then presented to the public for a vote. The winner will be selected on April 29.

In addition to seeing their design on the UCard, the first-place winner will also receive an iPad. The second-place winner will receive a $200 gift card from the University of Utah Campus Store and the third-place winner will receive a $100 Campus Store gift card.

Participants may submit their designs online at After the submission period has closed, watch for updates in @TheU, the Aux News, various campus social media outlets and the university homepage to make sure your vote is counted.

For more information, contact the UCard office at 801-581-CARD.

Deadline extended to April 25

Student Media at the University Student Mediaof Utah has two primary missions: First, to engage, provoke, inspire and connect campus by telling the compelling stories of the University of Utah community; and second, to provide a hands-on experiential learning environment in media where students can put into practice skills and ideas from the classroom.

The council oversees a student fee that helps support the Student Media department, and runs The Daily Utah Chronicle, K-UTE, DigitalU, University Media Sales and Student Media Marketing. By becoming a student member of the Student Media Council, students can play an active role in helping administer this student fee. Student voices are also vital in helping establish how Student Media grows and develops and best serves the campus community. The council is currently looking to fill multiple vacant student position.

To apply and for more information, click here.

The deadline is April 25 by 5 p.m.

Campus Events

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | FREE
Student Services Building (SSB), Room 380

Internship Workshop

Learn the ins and outs of how to search for a great internship opportunity and how to succeed once you’ve landed the internship of your dreams.

For more information call Career Services at 801-581-6186, email at, or visit

Ongoing through Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 | All day

Clean Air Challenge

Students are called to take the clean air challenge by carpooling, walking, biking and taking public transportation to school.

For more information call Ayrel Clark-Proffitt at 801-585-9352, email, or visit

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 | 2-3 p.m.
Sill Center Large Conference Room 

Effective data management is not intuitive. In this seminar you will learn about basic issues with data management (e.g. naming files, file storage, etc.) and you will be directed to useful data management resources. As everyone who performs research deals with some kind of data, this seminar is relevant to all researchers.

Monday, Feb. 8-April 15, 2016 (closed for spring break) | See hours below
Union, Basement computer lab

Are you ready for tax season? Don’t worry; the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at the University of Utah will help you out.

There will be a walk in clinic from Feb. 8-April 15, 2016 (closed for spring break). Come by the Union basement computer lab if you are a U.S. resident.

Don’t stress about taxes VITA is here to help. For more info go to

Monday: 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 4-8 p.m.
Thursday: 2-6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 | 3-5 p.m. | FREE
Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building (ASB), Room 210

Career Pathways: Science

Join young alumni and professionals to explore and network around a targeted career field. Each event includes a panel discussion with professionals, followed by an opportunity for students to meet and learn more about the variety of careers from industry professionals.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 | 6:30 p.m. | Members: $36 and non-members: $40
Natural History Museum of Utah 

Reserve your spot now for the wildly popular After Dark: Family Paint Mixer Workshop, where museum guests receive two hours of step-by-step instruction as they paint their own Gecko masterpiece.

In partnership with the highly successful The Paint Mixer, participants will create their own Gecko paintings in the museum’s   beautiful Canyon area.

Thursdays, Feb. 25–March 10, 2016 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Red Butte Garden

Take the guesswork out of gardening. Learn basic plant morphology and terminology, why certain plants should be pruned at different times of the year, best practices for watering and more.

Co-sponsored with Lifelong Learning.

Click here for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 | 7 p.m. | FREE
Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library

Photo Credit: Carrie Schneider. Still from Burning House, 2013. HD video with sound by Cecilia Lopez. 14 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Photo Credit: Carrie Schneider. Still from Burning House, 2013. HD video with sound by Cecilia Lopez. 14 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

“Land Art on Film” is a one-night-only screening of eight film and video artworks that capture artist interventions in the landscape, including work by Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson, and more. The event is part of a new series from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA), ARTLandish: Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment, sponsored by the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation and presented in partnership with the Marriott Library, the College of Fine Arts, and the Salt Lake City Public Library.

The UMFA Marcia and John Price Museum Building is temporarily closed for remodeling, but Museum adult and family programming is continuing at other locations on campus and in the community.

Click here for more information.

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | FREE
Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building (SFEBB), Child Hall (7th Floor)


For more information email Anna Johnson at

RSVP by clicking here

Friday, Feb. 26-Sunday, March 6
Babcock Theatre

Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Gwendolen is in love with Earnest. Algernon, who is up for a bit fun, falls for Cecily, but Cecily is also in love with Earnest… if only someone was Earnest. Get ready for some Wilde laughs with this blissfully silly and outrageously shrewd comedy of mistaken identities.

Friday, Feb. 26-Sunday, Feb. 28

OA Backcountry Ski Yurt Trip Box

Trip details

Yurt skiing might be the most fun thing on Earth. Nothing is better than a weekend spent sitting around a warm wood stove at night with a cup of hot chocolate in your hands while the skies cover the steep, empty slopes around you with enough snow to fill in the previous day’s ski tracks.

Join us on one of these awesome yurt adventures.  Call 801-581-8516 to register today.

Friday, Feb. 26 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

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Grad students, faculty and staff, save the date. The J. Willard Marriott Library would like to invite you to attend the second annual Symposium on Emerging Technology Trends in Higher Education. The symposium is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the library’s Gould Auditorium and includes a FREE LUNCH catered by Red Iguana, as well as coffee service.

Check out some of the exciting innovations that are happening right here on campus, including topics like drone technology, GIS, digital storytelling, 3-D printing and more.

Register today by clicking here.

Friday, March 4-Saturday, March 12
Studio 115


Unable to act on their feelings and forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be.
The play contains one of Shakespeare’s most famous monologues, ‘All the World’s a Stage.’

Jan. 8-March 17

Marriott Library

Mist of the Earth
Denise Milan’s “Mist of the Earth” presents an exhibition of photo-works that brings together memory and history and invites viewers on a journey of imagination and reflection about the environment challenges of development.

Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 6 p.m.
Little America Hotel

Founders Day 2016
To commemorate the founding of the University of Utah in 1850, the Alumni Association recognizes alumni and honorary alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally, served local and national communities and supported the U in its mission. We invite all campus partners to join us for this annual event on Thursday, March 3, at the Little America Hotel.

This year’s Distinguished Alumnus/a Award recipients are Deneece G. Huftalin, Patricia W. Jones, Fred P. Lewisand Harris H. Simmons. Marion A. Willey is this year’s Honorary Alumnus.

Tickets are $135 ($120 for each Alumni Association member and one guest). Tables seat 10.

For more information about this year’s award recipients and to make your reservations, please visit or call 801-581-6995.

Friday, March 4, 2016 | 12-1:30 p.m.

Union Ballroom

Dr. Chiquita Collins
The 9th annual Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture, a campus-wide lecture on issues of importance to women, will be held on Friday, March 4, 12-1:30 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. There is no cost for the event, but registration is required.

Our speaker this year is Dr. Chiquita Collins, Ph.D., associate dean for the Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Collins works in the area of health disparities, primarily as it relates to the social context and various societal influences that contribute to health differences (e.g., childhood obesity) among racial/ethnic and across socioeconomic groups. She will be addressing how diversity efforts fail in higher education and what universities can do to improve their diversity and inclusion efforts.


11:15-11:45 a.m.  Networking luncheon, Union East Ballroom
12:00-1:30 p.m.  Lecture, Union Center Ballroom
1:45-3:00 p.m. Breakout sessions, Union
·         Discussions on health equity, led by Ana Maria Lopez
·         Moving Forward: Responding to the Open Dialogue on Racial Climate at the U, led by Kathryn Stockton and Belinda Saltiban
·         Women and Wellness, led by Robin Marcus
·         What the U of Missouri Football Team Taught us About Social Justice on Campus, led by Jonathan Ravarino
·         Women’s Enrollment Initiative, led by Nedra Hotchkins

If you register for the breakout sessions, we ask that you indicate your interest in a specific breakout session to help with space planning.  However, you are free to change sessions should your interest change.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Tashjian, chair of the Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture Committee at

HR Updates


Form 1095-C

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If you are in a full-time, benefit-eligible position or in a part-time position and enrolled in the University’s Employee Health Care Plan, you will receive a Form 1095-C at the end of January.  This form will confirm the university’s offer of health coverage to you and your enrollment (if enrolled), together with an enrollment confirmation for any other enrolled family members.

Based on the difficulties many employers are experiencing in creating these new forms, the IRS has extended the deadline for delivery of individual employee forms to March 31, 2016.  The university will provide the forms to employees as soon as possible.  (This extension does not apply to W-2 forms – they will be available by the end of January.)

You do not need to send the Form 1095-C with your taxes.  If you wish to file your taxes prior to receiving your Form 1095-C and you are unsure of the months in which you had coverage through the university or whether you were eligible for a premium tax credit for coverage you obtained through the Federal Marketplace, please contact the Benefits Department at 801-581-7447.

For information about Form 1095-C, see the Benefits Department’s Web page at

Consent to receive your Form 1095-C and W-2 electronically. If you elect to receive the forms electronically, you will be able to view and print both forms at any time. Login to CIS and click on the “1095-C Consent Form” link in the “Employee Self Service Apps” section.

HR Updates

Form 1095-C
If you are in a full-time, benefit-eligible position or in a part-time position and enrolled in the University’s Employee Health Care Plan, you will receive a Form 1095-C at the end of January.  This form will confirm the university’s offer of health coverage to you and your enrollment, together with an enrollment confirmation for any other eligible family members covered by the plan.

You will use this form when you file your 2015 tax returns. For information about Form 1095-C, see the Benefits Department’s Web page at

Consent to receive your Form 1095-C electronically.  You will be able to view and print the form at any time.  Login to CIS and click on the “1095-C Consent Form” link in the “Employee Self Service Apps” section.




W-2 forms are available to University of Utah faculty and staff electronically. Benefits of opting to receive your W-2 electronically include:

– Helping the University go green. If you file your tax return electronically, a paper copy of the W-2 is not required.

– You will receive your W-2 several days earlier than paper copies.

– Your sensitive personal information will not be sent through the mail.

– A positive impact on the university’s budget.

– Your past W-2s are available online back to 1999.

– You may print the PDF if a printed copy is desired.

– You only need to consent to receive your W-2 electronically once during your employment at the university.

Please take advantage of this opportunity by signing up by Jan. 14, 2016.

To sign up:

1. Sign on to the CIS and click the ‘Employee’ tab (if it is not your default tab).

2. Click ‘Payroll, Taxes and Salary.’

3. Click ‘W-2 Consent Forms’ and you will have the option to select to receive your W-2 electronically.

ATTENTION: Delivery change for 2015 W-2s and future years. If you do not consent to receive your W-2 electronically by Jan. 14, 2016, then you will only receive a printed W-2 and you will NOT have access to an electronic W-2 (consent is required only once during your employment at the university).

Thank You,
Financial & Business Services

The University of Utah’s Campaign for Our Community is an annual event to encourage staff and faculty to conveniently donate to charitable organizations in our community that provide vital services to those with a critical need. For example, a contribution of just $2 per paycheck would provide a week’s supply of food for one family at the Utah Food Bank, send two kids to Camp Hobé for a day or make possible food and refuge for a cat or dog at the Wasatch Humane Shelter.

This year’s campaign is now open; to donate, please visit the campaign webpage where you will be able to make a payroll deduction election and/or complete and submit a pdf donation form (to donate by credit card or check).

Benefiting U

Annual Compensation Statement
The annual compensation statements for 2014 are available online. The statement is a personalized summary of the total compensation you received in 2014. Total compensation includes the amount the university pays for benefits such as retirement, health coverage, life insurance, disability insurance and UTA transit pass, as well as legally mandated benefits (social security, Medicare, workers compensation insurance, etc.)

To view your statement online:

  • Log into CIS
  • Click on the annual compensation statement link

Wallet Credit
The Healthy Eating Rewards program now provides a 10 percent “wallet credit” to participants who purchase fresh produce, fresh fish, fresh chicken, bottled water and Full Circle brand organic products at participating local grocery stores.

For more information or to sign up for the program, see the Healthy Eating Rewards program webpage.




W2 Taxes
 Each tax season the Benefits Department receives phone calls asking questions about what the fields mean on their W-2.

This link explains in detail what each field on a W-2 represents. Please take a minute and look over this information.




Benefiting U

WellU cooking class – health benefits of olive oil
Monday, Feb. 9 | 6–8 p.m.

Join Chef Carl to learn all about olive oil: the differences, health benefits, best uses and tastes. Participants will taste test extra virgin olive oil, organic extra virgin olive oil and infused olive oils. Recipes will include cooking breakfast with olive oil instead of butter and cooking chicken with lemon and olive oil.
Olive oil
This month’s cooking class will be held on Monday, Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Salt Lake Culinary Center (2233 S. 300 East).

The cost is $20 per person, which includes the class and the meal for each participant. Payment method is a one time, automatic payroll deduction.

Registered employees will be charged for the class regardless of attendance.

Class registration will open today at 4 p.m. Click here to register.

Classes are limited to 30 and fill quickly. If you would like to register for more than one person please register yourself twice. Limited to two registrations per person.

*This cooking class is sponsored by WellU; however, attendance does not count toward fulfilling the requirements for the WellU discount. For information on WellU, please see the Program Requirements brochure.

Marketplace Health Insurance Fairs
Thursday, Feb. 5 and Friday, Feb. 6

Marketplace Health FairsUniversity of Utah Hospitals and Clinics’ Human Resources will host two final marketplace health insurance fairs in February. Vendors offering coverage in Utah through the health insurance marketplace will be on site to answer questions and provide plan details for employees and/or family members not covered through the university’s health care plan.

Why attend: The Affordable Care Act requires individuals to have health insurance or incur a tax penalty. Enrollment ends Feb. 15 for coverage effective March 1.

Health insurance vendors anticipated to participate: Arches Health Plan, BridgeSpan, Humana and Molina Healthcare.

When: Two sessions are available in advance of the Feb.15 final deadline

Thursday, Feb. 510 a.m. – 12 p.m.Red Rock Conference Room (hospital A level) Friday, Feb. 61 – 3 p.m.Red Rock Conference Room (hospital A level)

Understanding Your form w-2

Information about university benefits is included in several boxes on your Form W-2. Employees who are enrolled in the university’s employee health care plan will see their pre-tax deductions in Box 14, combined with any health FSA amounts deducted. You will also see the amount the university contributed toward the cost of your health coverage in Understanding W-2Box 12 (code DD).

Reporting the employer amount is a new Affordable Care Act requirement this year. While this amount is reported on your Form W-2, it is not taxable to you.

When you complete your tax return for 2014, you will be asked if you and your family members were enrolled in health insurance. This information will be self-reported for 2014. The IRS has proposed draft forms for employers to provide next year, confirming monthly coverage for you and each of your family members. (Make sure the Benefits Department has social security numbers for all of your enrolled family members so this information can be provided).

For additional explanations on the information reflected on your Form W-2, see the Tax Services’ website.