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FICA

FICA clarification - January 25, 2012

The IRS refunds referenced in the news today (January 2012) are not applicable to the University of Minnesota residents and fellows.  The refunds referred to in the news are for the period of time prior to April 1, 2005.  From 1998 to April 1, 2005, the University did not require residents and fellows to pay FICA taxes so no refunds are available.  The University did receive refunds for the 1992-98 period, but those funds were distributed to residents and fellows many years ago.

Current IRS/FICA status

In compliance with final IRS regulations the University withheld the employer and employee portion of FICA from April 1, 2005 forward, and initiated a case against the United States of America, that was eventually heard by the US Supreme Court.  On January 11, 2011 The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of the Treasury Department and against the University of Minnesota and Mayo.  This means that the Mayo and University refund claims are denied and NO refunds will be available to residents.

We continue to withhold the employer and employee portion of FICA today, in compliance with the IRS regulations, and we are not entitled to any further refunds.

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