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Current Employees - ORS 3% Healthcare Contributions Refund

Given the Supreme Court ruling in December, 2017, below is a link to the ORS Public School Employees Retirement System regarding the refund process; these FAQ’s are being updated as new information is available. This ruling is only for public school employees who worked during July 2010 until September 2012 and contributed 3% toward retiree healthcare. 


If your contact information was up to date in ORS’s MiAccount system and this refund applies to you, you should have received an email from ORS on Friday, January 19th indicating the amount of your refund and interest.

Your refund and interest will be processed on a separate payroll. These funds are subject to federal and state tax. Your current exemption information on file will be used to process the payroll; no other deductions will be taken (United Way, insurance, etc.). 

If you currently have more than one bank account specified for direct deposit of your bi-weekly pay, your net pay for this transaction will be deposited into your “net check” bank account which when looking at your direct deposit pay stub is the last bank listed. 

We are obligated to follow all laws and guidelines regarding taxation of these refunds. The refund is subject to federal and state tax. Since FICA was withheld on the initial deduction, the refund is not subject to FICA. The interest portion of the refund is interest that was earned while the funds were held in escrow by the state. This interest is taxable income to all recipients, however since the district did not earn the interest, it is not required to have taxes withheld and will not be separately reported to you on a form 1099-INT at year end. Employees will need to include it on their own tax filing at year end.

We have established a tentative timeline to complete these processes, with the goal of processing Mason’s refund payments on February 23rd, barring any last minute complications. This timeline is tentative and will be finalized over the next couple weeks as the processes both locally and at the state level are more firmly established. We will post additional updates on our website if necessary. 

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