Q: How do I inform Messiah College of a change of address, name, phone number, or emergency contact information?
A: All employees should complete the following two forms and send or deliver them to the Payroll Office:
1) Employee Personal Information Change form (click here for Word format).
2) Residency Certification from (click for Excel format or click for PDF format,
- you may need the list of PSD codes: click here for PSD codes in PDF format.
Forms and Deadlines
Q: What are the form submission deadlines for such items as: timesheets, administrative leave reports, new employee forms, Payroll Change Forms and other payroll-related items?
A: The document which outlines submission deadlines can be found here (pdf).
Q: I am unsure of when to pay an individual through Payroll versus Accounts Payable. Is there a checklist to be followed?
A: Please refer to the W-2 (Payroll) vs. 1099 (Accounts Payable) Payment and Classification Guide (pdf).
Q: How does the College pay for holidays and Christmas closed days, both worked and unworked?
Q: How does the College pay for closing or dismissing early for inclement weather or other emergency closings.
A: A chart that highlights how to record hours for essential and non-essential employees can be found here. Please refer to section 4.04 Emergency Closing Procedure, Grantham Campus or 4.05 Emergency Closing Procedure, Philadelphia Campus to determine the appropriate procedures
Q: What is the Local Services Tax (LST)?
A: This is a $52 annual tax paid to the district in which you reside. A small amount will deducted from each paycheck over the course of the entire year. For additional information, click here.
Q: When will I received my W-2 annual income statement?
A: Statements must be mailed on or before January 31. The Payroll Office usually mails them out the last week in January. You may be able to download a copy a few days earlier than you receive it in the mail. For additional information, click here.
Q: Why did my taxes change?
A: In 2013: Click here for the brief payroll memo about changes (pdf). The social security tax will return to the level it was prior to its reduction a couple of years ago. This will increase your social security tax by 2% of your gross wages.
A: In 2012: Click here for information about local tax changes for 2012 (pdf).
A: For More Information: Visit the federal, state, local and city government websites for details about tax laws. You can find links to these government web sites in the "links" page using the menu at the top of this page.
Q: Am I exempt from federal income tax withholdings?
A: IRS Publication 505 explains federal income tax withholdings in detail. It contains a flow chart which can be used to help you determine if you are eligible for a withholdings exemption.
Click here to download the complete Publication 505 (pdf, 62 pages, 3 MB).
Child Labor Law
Q: Where can I find summary information related to the laws for employing minors?
A: Summary Information: The Payroll Office has downloaded a few summary pages of the Pennsylvania (PA) Child and Labor laws. Here are some links.
- Abstract of the PA Child Labor Law (pdf)
- FAQ of the PA Child Labor Law (pdf)
- Detailed PA Child Labor Law (Act of 1915, P.L. 286, No. 177) (pdf)
- YouthRules! website with FAQ (US Department of Labor)
- Form to post at the worksite where minors are working (pdf)
A: Detailed Information: Complete, detailed information can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry website.
- PA Dept. of Labor & Industry website