1108 - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Policy on Statutory Deductions



The University provides this policy to inform employees of mandatory deductions.


Policy Statement

Payroll Services is responsible for withholding, reporting, and remitting the following statutory (required by law) deductions from employee pay:

  1. FICA (Social Security) contributions;
  2. Retirement contributions; and
  3. Federal and State income tax withholding.


With the exception of student employees and certain Non Resident Aliens (NRA) that have tax treaty benefit, all employees are subject to FICA contributions:

II. Retirement Contributions

Permanent SHRA Employees

By State law, membership in the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System (TSERS) is mandatory for all SHRA permanent full- or part-time employees working more than 30 hours per week. Withholding contributions for each of these retirement programs is six percent of the employee's gross earnings plus an employer-matching deduction defined annually by the State Legislature and submitted to the retirement system for monthly credit to individual accounts.

Fulltime EHRA Employees

EHRA employees are not required to participate in TSERS and may elect to participate in an optional retirement program through one of the numerous vendors provided by Benefit Programs Administration.

III. Income Tax Withholding

In accordance with Federal and State laws, Payroll Services withholds amounts for federal and state income taxes based on tax withholding schedules and the information submitted by each employee on the completed W-4 and NC-4 forms.

Taxes are not withheld on retirement contributions as the State Retirement Plan is administered as a tax shelter for employees.

Effective January 1, 1987, taxes and Social Security are not withheld from the employee's health insurance deduction, unless the employee declines this pre-tax option.

In performing tax calculations, Payroll Services considers the combined total, or aggregate sum, of an employee's regular and supplemental pay and takes into consideration exemptions claimed. Payroll Services will process payroll deductions imposed by State and Federal law, and uphold participation in direct deposit of salaries, required by new employees of the University.


  • Temporary and part-time SPA employees working under 30 hours per week are ineligible to participate in TSERS.
  • Extension employees who are members of the Federal Employees' Retirement System are ineligible to participate in TSERS.
  • For information regarding FICA Exemptions for student employees, see Finance Policy 1111.
  • For information regarding payroll processes for foreign nationals, see Finance Policy 1116.

Related Requirements

University Policies, Standards, and Procedures

  • Finance Policy 1111 - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Policy on Student Employee FICA Exemption
  • Finance Policy 1116 - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Policy on General Overview of Tax Issues for Foreign National Students and Scholars

Contact Information

Policy Contact
Subject Contact Telephone Fax E-Mail
Statutory Deductions Payroll Services 919-962-0047   payroll@unc.edu

Other Contacts

The UNC Office of Human Resources' Benefit Programs Administration provides more detailed information regarding retirement programs.

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