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3% Case

Grandville Public School District is providing the FAQ below to address inquiries regarding the 3% refund from ORS.

Below are questions that have come up commonly from staff.  Please know that information regarding taxation and logistics continues to be vetted out by the ORS, IRS, Legal Counsel and our auditors.  The ORS has produced a FAQ as well.
 

FAQ - Supreme Court Ruling of 3% Health Care Contribution

 

How do I know if I have a refund coming?

If you had reportable wages between July 2010 and September 2012, the 3% healthcare contribution during that period will be refunded. 

 

When will I receive my refund?

The date of the refund will be announced when we have all the appropriate information regarding tax withholdings, retirement payments, and reporting requirements. 

 

What if I’m retired?

If you worked anytime during July 2010 until September 2012, your 3% healthcare contributions during that period will be returned. Please email your current contact information to: lherbst1@gpsbulldogs.org 

 

What if I’ve left Grandville Public Schools?

The refund will be processed by the district you worked for during July 2010 until September 2012. If you worked for more than one district, make sure each district has your current contact information. For Grandville Public Schools please email your current contact information to: lherbst1@gpsbulldogs.org 

 

How is the money refunded if the contributing member is deceased?

If you are a family member of a contributing employee whom is now deceased please email your contact information to: lherbst1@gpsbulldogs.org 

 

The following is the District's plan to distribute the refund:

  • How will the refund be processed?
    • All refunds, whether you're a current employee, a retired employee or a former employee, will be processed through payroll.
  • Why does it have to go through payroll?  
    • The transaction is a refund of prior earnings and needs to be reported as such with applicable taxes withheld.  
  • When and how will I receive my refund?
    • You will receive a paper check in the mail (USPS).  Checks will be dated 2/16/18 and will be mailed on 2/16/18.
  • I'm currently on staff with Grandville, why can't I have it as a direct deposit?
    • The District has to meet specific reporting requirements as it relates to reporting unclaimed property to the State of Michigan.  Paper checks will allow us to track more efficiently.  
  • How much will be taken out in taxes?
    • There are too many variables at play for us to give you an exact figure.  Federal, State, and Local taxes will be withheld from your refund.  
    • If you're a current employee, we've been advised a reasonable estimate (<--key word being estimate) is 27%.
    • If you're a retired or former employee who did not work for the District during 2017 or 2018, then we will use the most recent W-4 we have on file.
  • You didn't mention anything about FICA (social security & medicare) taxes?
    • You already paid FICA on the refund amount back in 2010 through 2012.
  • Can the District deduct money from my refund check to put in my 403b, HSA or other investment?
    • No; however, active employees can make deduction adjustments to upcoming regular payrolls as they see fit.  Contact the Payroll Department to do so.