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UPDATE ON PAYROLL TAX DEFERMENT

09/04/20

     The USPS has announced that it will not participate in the "Payroll Tax Holiday".  This is good news for postal workers.  Had the USPS participated, employees would see their paychecks increase as Social Security and Medicare taxes would not be withheld for the rest of 2020.

 

     While that sounds great, the taxes would only be deferred, and employees would have to begin repaying the taxes in 2021 which would have resulted in smaller paychecks in 2021.

RETRO-ACTIVE PAY QUESTIONS

09/04/20

There have been a lot of questions about the retro-active pay coming in your September 4th paycheck. 

  • Did I get all of my retro-active pay? The answer is most likely “yes”. Your adjustments can be viewed on liteblue (ePayroll). Each adjustment covers one pay period. HOWEVER, there will be one adjustment that covers 26 pay periods (a 1.3% increase from PP25/2018 through PP24/2019).

  • What about the Cost of Living Increase? The multi-pay period adjustment also includes a retro-active COLA of $624 that was effective August 31, 2019.

  • Why did they withhold so much in taxes? This is due to IRS guidelines. When your pay increases by a substantial amount, the IRS assumes you got a permanent increase and assess your taxes as if you were going to get that much money all the time. So, basically you are overtaxed. You will get that money back when you file your taxes next year.

The APWU is aware of approximately 2,000 employees who did not receive their retro-active pay.  Most of these situations involve employees in higher level details , or employees with saved grade.  The USPS is working on fixing this problem as you read this.


If anyone has questions, contact your PPWU representative.

NEW AGREEMENTS ON ANNUAL LEAVE CARRYOVER & EXCHANGE

09/04/20

The APWU has announced two new agreements affecting Annual Leave.  These, one time only, MOUs increase the amount of Annual Leave that can be carried into 2021 and also the amount of leave that can be exchanged, or "sold back", for cash.  Click HERE to read the MOUs

Program Old Limit New Limit for 2021
A/L Carryover 440 hrs 520 hrs
A/L Exchange Up to 40 hrs Up to 80 hrs

MESSAGE ON PAYROLL TAX DEFERMENT

09/04/20

President Trump has signed an Executive Order that would temporarily suspend payroll (Social Security & Medicare) tax deductions.  These tax withholdings would stop beginning on September 04, 2020 and continue until the end of 2020.  These taxes are not forgiven and employees would have to pay the money back beginning in January 2021.

 

Some American workers are choosing to "opt out" of the deferrement and will continue to pay the tax, thus avoiding the increased payments in 2021.  It has not been determined if USPS employee will have that option.

 

APWU Director of Industrial Relations Vance Zimmerman reports that the USPS official position is " The attorneys are reviewing the order to determine if it is applicable to the USPS ".   Zimmerman also notes that the USPS would have to do a software modification to the payroll system which would take numerous weeks . Zimmerman notes, that it is his opinion is that it is very unlikely that the order by Trump will be implemented.  This is good news for postal workers.


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LOCAL PRESIDENTS ASKED TO UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION

08/27/20
The PPWU is requesting that all local Presidents in Pennsylvania update their contact info.
We would ask that you provide the following:
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This information can be emailed to PPWU President Mike Stephenson
 

FFCRA WITHOLDINGS TO BE REFUNDED

08/27/20

If you took leave under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act, after April 1, 2020, any deductions for TSP or FERS/CSRS retirement will be refunded to you.  The USPS has been informed that FFCRA leave was not subject to retirement withholding.  These monies will be refunded to you in your paycheck on October 02, 2020.  The refund of these monies will not impact your creditable service time towards retirement eligibility.

If you wish to leave this money in TSP and CSRS/FERS, you will have to change your leave from FFCRA to a different leave type.  Contact your supervisor to request an adjustment of your FFCRA leave changing it over to your own annual or sick leave.

This is optional.  If you do not want to use your own leave to cover your FFRCA absence you need do nothing and the retirement withholdings will be refunded to you.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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