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February 7, 2017

Tips for the 2016 tax season 

The dreaded 2016 tax season is upon us, but there's no need to panic. While IU's office of University Tax Services can't offer personal tax advice to employees, university tax director Cassandra Franks has a few tips to make the process go smoothly:

  • When will I get my W-2? About 80 percent of IU employees have elected to receive their W-2 tax forms online and could access the forms starting Jan. 17. View, download or print your W-2 by logging into One.IU, searching for "W-2" and clicking on the "W-2 Tax Form" tile. W-2 forms for employees who have elected to receive them via U.S. mail were postmarked Jan. 31.
  • When can I file my taxes? Both the IRS and the State of Indiana began accepting electronic returns on Jan. 23.
  • Do I need to adjust any information for 2017? University Tax Services encourages the use of the IRS Withholding Calculator to help determine whether W-4 updates are needed. It's a personal choice, but your election helps determine whether you will receive a refund or owe the government money. You can also update your Indiana state exemptions, county of residence/work and federal withholding allowances. For federal changes, visit One.IU, search for "W-4" and click on the "State & Local Tax Withholding" tile. For state and local changes, visit One.IU, search for "WH-4" and click on the "State & Local Tax Withholding" tile.
  • What if I have special circumstances? The University Tax Services' website offers tips for employees about fringe benefits such as taxable gifts, tuition benefit and personal use of an IU vehicle, as well as a tax calculator and information for those working outside of the State of Indiana. For non-personal tax questions, please contact taxpayer@iu.edu.

Need personal tax help? IU's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free tax preparation services to qualifying residents and nonresident students. See the VITA site for additional information or contact indianauniversityvita@gmail.com. United Way of Monroe County also offers free community tax service; location information is available online.

IUPUI Campus Campaign kicks off Feb. 16

The 2017 IUPUI Campus Campaign kickoff is just a week away!

All of you -- faculty, staff and retirees -- are the people who built and continue to support this campus in countless ways. Each year, your dedication to the IUPUI Campus Campaign helps provide and sustain the programs, resources and environments that allow our students to thrive.

This year, Chancellor Nasser Paydar has chosen the Welcoming Campus Initiative as his focus area within the IUPUI Campus Campaign. The Welcoming Campus Initiative aims to create a vibrant and inclusive student experience; design an accessible, inspiring urban campus; invest in the success of faculty and staff; communicate IUPUI’s core values; and engage and integrate IUPUI with the surrounding community.

By supporting the IUPUI Campus Campaign and the Welcoming Campus Initiative, you make these goals a reality for students, as well as your fellow faculty, staff and retirees.

Join colleagues in your school or unit to celebrate your love for IUPUI on Feb. 16 as we kick off the IUPUI Campus Campaign!

HANDS in Autism training

Please consider attending one of our HANDS Model in Practice: Intensive Three-Day Transition & Vocational Programming Workshops, training specially designed for employment service providers, job coaches and employment service managers who provide services through vocational rehabilitation. The content and format of the workshop are also beneficial for a range of audiences, including vocational rehabilitation counselors, regional managers and supervisors; BDDS managers, staff, personnel and counselors; transition coordinators; secondary special educators; administrators and other professionals working to address the transition and vocational challenges of individuals with communication, developmental, behavioral or other disabilities.

The three-day workshop focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching in a simulated work environment. Individuals with disabilities participate, facilitating a rich learning environment for all and allowing for observation of and interaction with a range of individuals representing varying functional abilities.

We will also be offering HANDS Model in Practice: Intensive Week-Long Training for School Personnel & Community Service Providers, training that is appropriate for school and other community-service personnel (teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists, consultants, social workers, administrators and others) working in both public and private settings with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopment and behavioral disorders.

The weeklong training focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching in a simulated community and home environment.

In addition to the above trainings, we will be hosting the HANDS in Autism Art Expo in April. If you or any of your students/clients would like more information about participating, please email handsart@iupui.edu. We will be sending additional information, including instructions on how to submit artwork, in the coming weeks. 

César Chávez Celebration Dinner

The Latino Student Association at IUPUI is honored to be hosting its 10th Annual César Chávez Celebration Dinner on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The keynote speaker this year will be Erika Andiola. Andiola is the former press secretary for Latino Outreach for Bernie 2016 and is a former congressional staffer for Arizona congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema. She began her career in community organizing by helping to co-found the Arizona Dream Act Coalition and then went on to co-found the Dream Action Coalition. She has also served on the National Coordinating Committee and board of directors for the United We Dream Network. Currently, she is the political outreach director for Our Revolution, the successor organization to the Bernie 2016 campaign. Her personal struggle as an undocumented woman with an undocumented family has given her the drive and the passion to keep fighting for immigrant and human rights.

The Latino Student Association invites all interested parties to participate in this memorable event. Register for the event soon as spots will fill quickly. 

For additional information, please contact Aileen Ibarra, the César Chávez Celebration Dinner chair, at dinner@iupui.edu.

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