April 17, 2014

Register for treasurers’ workshop, Oct. 18-20

The UTU International will conduct a workshop for treasurers Oct. 18-20 at the UTU headquarters in North Olmsted, Ohio. Attendance is limited to 24 registrants and the deadline to register is Oct. 7. If you are interested in attending the workshop, telephone Executive Assistant Nancy Miller at (216) 228-9400, or email her at n_miller @utu.org. [...]

RRB 2010 earnings forms to be mailed in June

The Railroad Retirement Board will mail to railroad workers in June their annual Certificate of Service Months and Compensation (Form BA-6), showing creditable railroad service and compensation for 2010. If you do not receive this Form BA-6 by July 1, or if you find the information to be incorrect or incomplete, contact your nearest Railroad [...]

Disciplined finance management has paid off

Kim Thompson

By General Secretary & Treasurer Kim Thompson Just as you balance your personal checkbook and compare income to expenses in making decisions where to spend and where to save, we at UTU International make similar decisions with your dues. Accepting responsibility to protect the interests of our members also includes accepting responsibility to use the [...]

Don’t let them fool you about Railroad Retirement

An opinion article recently published by the Financial Times and Fox News, written by conservative financial columnist Liz Peek, takes a nasty and incorrect swipe at Railroad Retirement, saying Railroad Retirement should be eliminated and folded into Social Security. The argument begins with a major falsehood — that Railroad Retirement is costing the American taxpayer. [...]

RRB adjusts withholding for 140,000 annuitants

The Railroad Retirement Board reports it has adjusted benefits — effective with February benefits checks — for more than 140,000 beneficiaries to reflect new federal income tax withholding rates. The new rates comply with provisions of the congressionally passed Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010. The new rates apply to [...]

Treasurers’ payroll tax update

Railroad Retirement, Social Security, Medicare and Railroad Unemployment Insurance payroll taxes have changed for 2011. Following are the tax rates:  Railroad Retirement Tier I: Paid by employer: 6.20% on wages up to $106,800. Paid by employee: 4.2% on wages up to $106,800. Social Security (non-railroad employment): Paid by employer: 6.2% on wages up to $106,800. Paid [...]

2011 tax rates

To see the tax rates for 2011, click here.

UTU treasurers’ alert: IRS payment changes

All UTU locals are now required to make federal tax payments on-line using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). This is because the Internal Revenue Service announced that effective Jan. 1, 2011, it no longer will accept Form 8109 FTD (federal tax deposit) coupons for filing federal tax payments. The EFTPS is a free [...]

Rail Retirement payroll tax set for 2011

Railroad Retirement payroll taxes will remain at 2010 levels in 2011, reports the Railroad Retirement Board. For Tier I, carriers and employees each will pay 6.20 percent on a maximum of $106,800 of wages. For Medicare, carriers and employees each will pay 1.45 percent on all wages. For Tier II, carriers will pay 12.10 percent [...]

UTUIA helps provide secure retirements

How long will you live after you retire, and will you have enough money to live on comfortably? Good question. That’s why – before you retire – you should think about post-retirement economic security, because few things could be worse than money running out during what are supposed to be carefree years. A balanced retirement [...]