All students who have not worked for the University in the past 12 months must complete both the Federal and State of Maine W-4 tax forms. Instructions on how to complete the forms, including a worksheet are included. The Office of Student Employment and the Payroll Office can answer basic questions about how to complete the form, but cannot offer any advice on what to file on the form. Students who have tax questions should speak with their parents or their tax professional.
Student earnings, including Federal Work-Study, are taxable. If you file “EXEMPT” on your W-4, your Exempt status is only valid for one year. If you wish to continue your Exempt status, you must file a new W-4 every January. All student employees are exempt from FICA (Social Security Tax) provided they are enrolled at least half-time. For the summer, students must be enrolled at least half-time in the summer to be exempt from FICA.
If these tax forms are not submitted to either the Office of Student Employment or the Payroll Office within 3 days of beginning work, the student MUST stop working and will not be paid until the forms are complete.
After your initial filing of the W-4, student employees can make changes to their filing on MaineStreet.
Follow these instructions to make changes to the Federal W-4:
To make changes to the State of Maine W-4, follow these instructions:
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