PRE-TAX PAYMENT OF VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEES

Effective January 1, 1999, all vehicle registration fees paid by payroll deduction will be deducted on a pre-tax basis. Employees will automatically be enrolled in the pre-tax program unless they notify the University in writing that they are opting out.    

Faculty & Staff Permit Fees

 

TAXABLE USE OF EMPLOYER PROVIDED AUTOMOBILES

For tax year 2019, the personal use of an employer-provided automobile continues to be taxable income. For federal tax reporting, there are two methods of determining the value of that benefit: the "commuting use" and the "annual lease value" methods. The "commuting use" can only be used if all vehicles are used 100% for business; no personal use. Since this restriction precludes JMU, the annual lease valuation method is used for determining taxable income.
Under the annual lease valuation method, the lease value of the automobile is considered to be income to the employee. The IRS requirement for documentation of business use includes maintenance of a diary or log which records the following elements:

  • Business Miles Traveled
  • Dates of Travel
  • Destination
  • Business Purpose of Trip

The Automobile Use Form and your submitted travel reimbursement vouchers should serve to meet these requirements. It is essential that these records be properly maintained. Automobile use forms should be submitted to Payroll Services by November 1, 2019. Employees leaving University employment should submit their forms as soon as practical, after returning the automobile. Failure to submit the mileage log will create the presumption that all mileage was personal and 100% of the lease value of the automobile will be reported as taxable income on your W-2 form.

Additionally, the University has elected not to withhold federal taxes on income resulting from the personal use of these vehicles. This election is effective for the special reporting period November 1, 2018 - October 31, 2019 and continues until revoked by the University. Applicable income will be recorded on your 2019 W-2 statement and applicable FICA and state taxes will be deducted from your December 16, 2019 paycheck.

Should you have any questions concerning this policy, please contact Sherry Willis (540-568-8034) in Payroll Services.

IRS Tax Withholding Estimator

IRS Publication 505

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