Benefits

Watch this page! Information will be updated with the launch of Workday and the Integrated Service Center (ISC) on June 27, 2017.

As of June 19, 2017, the current UW payroll system (HEPPS; OPUS) and other legacy systems, including Employee Self Service (ESS) and OWLS, will no longer accept edits and will be converted to read-only in preparation for Workday go-live. Learn more about how you can get ready for Workday by visiting the HR/Payroll Modernization Program website.

Waive a pretax deduction from your paycheck

Pretax deductions from your paycheck reduce your taxable income, which saves you money by reducing the amount of tax you pay. Because of the money saved, this is generally helpful for most people.

However, you can elect to waive a pretax deduction and pay after-tax. You might want to consider waiving a pretax deduction for one of two reasons:

  • Social Security: Pretax deductions reduce the salary used to calculate your Social Security benefit at retirement. The impact on your Social Security, however, is typically minor. Most of the time, the money you save through pretax deductions outweighs any benefit gained by waiving the deduction.
  • Unemployment compensation: Pretax deductions reduce the salary used to calculate unemployment compensation.

Health insurance premium

Your health insurance premium is automatically deducted pretax from each paycheck.

To waive pretax deductions and pay after-tax, submit the health insurance Health Insurance - PEBB - Premium Payment Plan Election/Change Form (PDF) to Benefits.

If you’re newly eligible for health insurance, you have 31 days after becoming eligible to submit the form. After that time, you can submit the form only during open enrollment or when a qualifying life event occurs.

Transportation plans: U-PASS and parking

If you choose to pay for a U-PASS or pay for parking, those fees are automatically deducted pretax from your paycheck.

To waive pretax deductions and pay after-tax, submit the Pre-Tax Transportation Plan Waiver (MS Word) form to Benefits.