Frequently Asked Questions
I would like to pick up my paycheck from the Central Office on pay day. Is this allowed?
No, all paychecks are mailed from the Central Office on pay day without exception. However, using Direct Deposit will ensure funds are deposited into your bank account on the morning of payday. For more information on signing up for Direct Deposit, please see the form under "Finance Forms" or contact the Finance Department.
Pay Stub Q & A
1) Why are there two FICA and Medicare deductions on my check stub?
As your employer, NCPS is required by law to pay an employer's share of FICA and Medicare taxes withheld from your paycheck. This is why there are two deductions on your pay check - one is an employer deduction and the other is an employee deduction.
2) Why are there two insurance deductions on my check stub?
NCPS pays $170 per pay period toward employee health insurance as an employment benefit. The $170 deduction is an employer-paid deduction and does not reduce your gross pay.
The second deduction is an employee-paid deduction and does come out of your paycheck.
3) What is INS>50k?
All VRS-eligible employees receive group term life insurance coverage in the amount of their annual salary, rounded to the next thousand, and doubled. The IRS allows employees to receive $50,000 of this coverage untaxed, but taxes are required on the value of the coverage amount that exceeds $50,000. The value of the excess coverage is calculated using an age-based table provided by the IRS (this is called "imputed income").
The INS>50K line on your pay stub is an EMPLOYER deduction and does not reduce your net pay. The taxes you are paying on the value of the excess coverage are combined with the taxes that are deducted on your regular pay. The value of the imputed income does appear separately on your W-2.
When can I expect to receive my W-2?
W-2's for Northampton County Public Schools employees are being printed offsite by our financial management system company, RDA Systems. RDA will be printing and mailing W-2's prior to the January 31st deadline as required by the IRS. We have no control over when mailing will occur, but assure employees that the federal guideline will be met.
Returned W-2's will be held by the Finance Department, unless a forwarding address has been provided. Duplicate copies of W-2's will not be provided to employees until one week following the Federal mailing deadline.
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