News release effective October 16, 2013
Health Benefits Open Enrollment
Donít forget your Health Benefits Open Enrollment period ends 10/16/2013 (you will be choosing your coverage for plan year 1/1/2014 through 12/31/14). The IVR system will close on 10/16/2013 but will reopen starting with 10/22/2013 through 10/31/2013 for corrections. If you have experienced problems and are unable to review / update your coverage using the IVR system, please use the following contacts for help: Employees Benefits Division (410) 767-4775 or (800) 307-8283 or email@example.com.
Special Note(s) to Employees of the Regular (RG) Payroll System
Payday (01/01/2014) for the Pay Period Ending 12/24/2013 will be moved from the 01/01/2014 date to 12/30/2013 (12/31/2013 is a Service Reduction day and 01/01/2014 is a State Holiday). Important to note, this payment issued on 12/30/2013 will be included on your 2013 W-2ís.
Also, for this same Pay Period Ending 12/24/2013, there will be no deductions taken for Maryland Charity, Foundation, Deferred Comp, 401K, 403B TSA Plan, Roth 457B, Roth 401K, Fidelity 457B, Fidelity 403B, TIAA 457B or TIAA 403B. These deductions are figured on 26 pays per year, since 12/24/2013 will be the 27th pay in 2013, these deductions will be skipped.
DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) Update
On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), holding that DOMA was unconstitutional. This decision now requires changes in the administration of the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program for same-sex married couples who reside in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage.
Many calls have been received concerning the processes / procedures for filing amended returns with the State and Federal Governments. In response to those calls, we offer the following:
Employees who wish to file a refund claim for Maryland income taxes and/or change a Maryland income tax return filed prior to 2013, should use Maryland Form 502X (Amended Resident Return) or Maryland Form 505X (Amended Non-Resident return).
Employees who wish to file a refund claim for Federal Incomes taxes should use Form 1040X (Amended return).
FICA refunds, qualified by the Health Benefits Division to The Central Payroll Bureau, will be subject to the statue of limitations [i.e. filing for years 2012, 2011, and 2010]. Calculations of tentative employee refunds should be recorded on the CPB FICA Claim Certificate and signed by the employee. After adjustments have been made, Central Payroll will issue corrected W-2ís (W-2c) to the employee for use in their submission of amended returns.
Robert Murphy, Director