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Division of Business and Finance


Tax Law Change - ETSU Faculty/Staff Parking Decal

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act recently approved by Congress has affected the tax treatment of ETSU employee payment for their university parking decal through payroll deductions. Under the previous tax law, payroll deductions for parking decals were on a pre-tax basis for both the employee and the university meaning employees were not taxed on money used to pay for parking decals. Under the new law the pre-tax treatment for employees would become taxable to the university as a fringe benefit provided to them. It is university policy that the taxability of all fringe benefits are passed through to the employee.

Effective July 1, 2018, ETSU employee parking decal deductions will become an after-tax deduction meaning they are subject to Social Security, Medicare, and Federal withholding taxes. The actual tax increase depends on each employee’s income tax bracket and would be taxed at the employee's marginal tax rate. The estimated increase in these taxes is $0.75 to $1.45 per month depending on the employee’s tax bracket. The university will also see an increase in Social Security and Medicare tax paid on behalf of employees. All future parking decal deductions will be on an after-tax basis only.

The amount of the parking deduction will remain the same, but employees and the university will see a slight increase in taxes.

Please contact the Payroll Office at 9-5320 or with any questions.

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