Essential tax forms for 2021 are on their way to University of Colorado employees.
As of Jan. 31, all 2021 W-2s have been sent to the mailing address University of Colorado employees have on file in the employee portal. All 1095-C forms will be mailed by March 2 to those eligible for health benefits last year. Both forms will be available in the portal shortly after they are released.
Anyone who doesn’t receive their W-2 in the mail should visit the Tax Forms webpage to see what to do.
How to access the W-2 electronically
- Log in to the employee portal.
- Select the CU Resources tab (CU system employees can skip this step).
- Open the CU Resources Home dropdown menu at the top, center of the page and select My Info and Pay.
- Choose the W-2 tile. You will be prompted to verify your identity upon accessing the form.
Accessing in the ADP portal
- Follow these instructions to register for an ADP account.
What if I see two W-2s in my portal?
Employees with two W-2s may have earnings as a CU and CUR employee or may have worked from two different states during the year. Employees must submit both W-2s when filing a 2021 tax return.
About Form 1095-C
Form 1095-C is sent annually, providing information regarding employer-provided insurance coverage. The form indicates which months during the year the employee/dependents were eligible for health care coverage and the employee-required contribution for the elected coverage.
When completing a federal tax return, individuals are required to indicate whether they had qualifying health coverage for all of 2021 or whether they qualify for a health coverage exemption. Per the IRS, individuals are not required to submit this form with their 2021 tax filing. However, it’s advisable to keep this form with tax records.
If you have questions, reach out to a qualified tax adviser.
How to access Form 1095-C electronically
- Log in to the employee portal.
- Open the CU Resources Home dropdown menu at the top center of the page.
- Click the Benefits and Wellness tile.
- Choose the Benefits Notices tile and click the View Form 1095-C tile.
Nonresident alien taxpayers whose wages are eligible for a tax treaty exemption, or who are recipients of non-qualified scholarship, will be issued a 1042-S form. Individuals with more than one type of 1042 reportable income will receive more than one 1042-S. The IRS requires 1042-S forms to be mailed no later than March 15, but Employee Services strives to mail forms well in advance of that deadline to allow taxpayers as much time as possible to prepare their personal income tax returns. Forms for tax year 2021 will be mailed in early February.
Nonresident employees will receive form W-2, as well, reporting their taxable (non-treaty exempt) wages, if any. Individuals should wait to receive all applicable tax reporting forms before filing their income tax returns to avoid the need to amend an incomplete return. If you expect a 1042-S but have not received your form by the third week of February, submit a secure electronic 1042-S Reissue Request Form to Employee Services.
2021 W-4 exemptions expire soon
2021 W-4 tax exemption status will expire Feb. 15. Employees will need to enter a new W-4 to continue their exemption. Otherwise, the tax status will revert to “single,” the highest withholding status, for 2022.
Follow these steps to update Form W-4:
- Log into the portal.
- Click the CU Resources tab. (CU system employees can skip this step.)
- From the top center dropdown menu, select My Info and Pay.
- Click the W-4 tile. You'll be asked to verify your identity.
- To claim the exemption for 2022, follow the instructions under Claim Exemption from Withholding near the bottom of the page. Make sure the year field in this section is set to “2022.”