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USD 383 gets tax surprise

By The Mercury

About a quarter of USD 383’s employees didn’t have enough state tax withheld last year because of an error by the district.

Associate Superintendent Bob Seymour said the district notified about 300 employees about the error, which started Jan. 1, 2013.

“We really feel bad about it,” hesaid.“It’ssomething you never, never want to happen. You don’t want people to have surprises on their taxes.”

Seymour said this affects those on the upper income level of the district’s salary structure, primarily administrators and teachers.

He said the error means as much as $735 owed by single employees making more than $33,000, and as much as $1,470 owed by married employees with a combined income of $66,000 and up.

“Because deductions are so individualized, it’s hard to tell for sure,” Seymour said about how much money that employees will owe to the state.

Seymour said the mistake occurred because of an error when entering the new tax tables in the district’s payroll software.

He said the district spent the week investigating the issue after employees began informing district officials about their tax issues Feb. 14.

Seymour said the error has been corrected in the February payroll checks received Friday except for 18 employees who had too much money taken out.

He said the issue should be completely fixed by March.

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