Pay and Taxes

Do a "Paycheck Checkup" to Prevent a Tax Surprise Next Year

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) encourages taxpayers to check their federal income tax withholding now due to tax law changes earlier this year. Taking a few minutes to check today could help you avoid an unexpected tax bill and a potential penalty in 2019.

Everyone Should Check

While some work, family, and tax situations are more likely to be impacted by these changes, the IRS wants everyone to check their withholding now since there’s time to withhold more money before the end of the year.

Get Your Paycheck Checkup

Go online to use the IRS Withholding Calculator to see if you should adjust your tax withholding.

  1. First, pull together your information:
    • Most recent pay stub (available under the “My Pay” tab on MyU)
    • Your latest federal tax return
  1. Then, go to to the IRS Calculator.
  2. If you want to change your W-4, go to MyU and find the “My Pay” tab on the left and then scroll down to “W-4 tax Information” under Tax. If you need to, adjust your withholding allowance and any additional withholdings per paycheck and then click the “Submit” button at the bottom.

The Paycheck Checkup flyer (pdf) has more information from the IRS.

If you need assistance with accessing your W-4, reach out to the OHR Contact Center at 4-UOHR (612-624-8647; 800-756-2363) or Please keep in mind that, in accordance with IRS regulations, the University of Minnesota cannot provide personal tax advice. To determine any issues with your personal taxes, please contact a personal tax adviser or the IRS. 


Payday and Pay Period Calendars

See paydays and pay periods for this year and previous years.

Sign Up for Direct Deposit

Sign up today for direct deposit to your bank account from the My Pay tab in MyU. It's the fastest and safest way to have your pay and reimbursements deposited to you.

Understanding Your Pay Statement

To see your pay statement, go to the My Pay tab in MyU. For a quick explanation of the information on your statement, click on Pay Statement Job Aid at the bottom of the My Pay page. For a more detailed explanation, see our Understanding Your Pay Statement page.

Payroll and Taxes: Forms and Information

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General Taxes

Information About Tax Deductions

Tax Forms

Other Tax Information

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Nonresident Alien Taxes and Information

Employment Information

Tax Information

Payments to Nonemployees


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Special Pay Circumstances

Find out more about special pay circumstances such as:

International Students, Scholars, and Visitors

Find information and forms on taxes and employment for international students, scholars, and visitors.

Salary Plans

Annual salary agreements for employee labor groups.

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