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The Payroll Office is aware of the difference in accruals for this month. Please be patient as we are working diligently to fix this.

Upcoming Events...

Who is Fica, and Why Does He Get My Money?

September 13, 2011
LSC 315, 4:00-5:15pm

The Student Money Management Center, Career Services, and the SHSU Comptroller's Payroll Office are proud to present Who is Fica, and Why does he get my money? Do you ever wonder, "Who are IRS and KJL, and why are they taking my money?" If so, this workshop is one you don't want to miss. At this workshop, you will learn what is being taken out of your paycheck, where it is going, your options, and how to fill out a W-4. After the presentation, students are encouraged to participate in the American Payroll Association quizzes online for a chance to win one of four scholarships for education! One $5,000 scholarship and three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to randomly selected participants who qualify. Click here for more information.

The Student Money Management Center will also be awarding students for their attendance by offering a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Students who complete the SMMC Payroll Presentation Quiz online and make a perfect score will be entered into a drawing to win. The quiz will open Tuesday, September 13, at 3:00pm and close Thursday, September 15, at 5:00pm. The drawing will be held at 10:00am Friday, September 16. For instructions on how to complete the SMMC Payroll Presentation Quiz, click here.

Clocking In and Out Change...

When clocking in and out on hourly time sheets using the My Sam channel, the system now rounds to the closest 15 minute increment. For example, if someone clocks in at 1:50 PM, the system will clock in at 1:45 PM instead of 2:00 PM. Please contact the Payroll Office at 936-294-3248 with any questions regarding this.

Payroll's "Top FAQs"...

1. Why does my check keep changing?

Several changes made to our system have resulted in the following fluctuations:

12/15/10 - Whole month longevity begins

01/03/11 - No longevity, new social security (FICA) tax rate

01/18/11 - Whole month longevity, new FICA tax rate, new withholding tax tables

2. Where can I find my online check stub?

For pay periods on or prior to 12/15/2010, please access them through the Payroll link on Sam Web. For pay periods on or beyond 1/3/2011, please access them through My Sam. Instructions to their location and much more can be found at: Self Service Banner for Employees

3. Why has my FICA amount reduced?

Effective 1/1/2011, the rate an employee pays for the FICA portion of Social Security has been reduced from 6.2% to 4.2%. The maximum taxable wages will remain at $106,800.00. This reduction will continue for the full calendar year of 2011.

4. Where is my longevity or hazardous duty pay?

Payments for longevity and hazardous duty has moved to once a month. Our December 15th check contained payment for the entire month of December, and payments will continue on the 15th of each month (or the first working day following the 15th if it falls on a weekend or holiday)

5. Will I still receive an email reminder for pay day?

Only those receiving direct deposit will begin receiving an email each pay period. Those receiving a printed check or having their check routed through HigherOne will not receive an email from SHSU, however HigherOne will continue with their standard email notification of deposit.

6. Where do I find my leave balances?

Leave balances can now be found on the Employee tab located in Self Service Banner. Please use the link in question #2 for instructions to locate this and many other items of employee information.

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"It is the function of the Payroll Office of the University to produce, in a timely manner, an accurate payroll that complies with all state and federal regulations."


Our office is located in the CHSS Building, Suite 420 and we are open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.

Our mailing address is:

Sam Houston State University
Payroll Office
Box 2095
Huntsville, TX 77341-2095
936.294.1909 - Phone
936.294.1099 - Fax

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