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​Got an update from the Comptroller's Office today.   Here's what they told me about check dates:


(1)   6/17 (in direct deposit on 6/15 or 16) remains the date for the prospective adjustment of pay to reflect the GWI and steps or equivalent in Yr 1 and the $2500 lump

(2)   Retro pay will not happen until 7/15 check date (in bank 7/14 or 15)

(3) Year 2 GWI will show up in 7/29 check date (in bank 7/27 or 28) as will the second lump sum ($1,000).


They are confident of all of these dates and are so informing agencies.  
They also reported something new about withholding taxes.    Per IRS regulation, the lump sums and retro will be taxed at 22% federal withholding from the relevant paycheck.   That doesn't affect the ultimate taxes owed or refund due when tax returns are filed.   It is just a required withholding rate.   So the old trick of adjusting W-4s to lower withholding would have much less impact.   It would lower taxes only on the normal biweekly amount included in that paycheck  -- no impact on the amount taken from lump sum or retro.   Comptroller's office says no way around that as it is now a federal rule.   

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