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Date: April 7, 2006 Bulletin Number: 636
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Subject

Changes in Maintenance Rates for Employee Housing and Meals

Purpose

To notify agencies (with the exception of the City University of New York) of increases in maintenance rates for employee housing and meals.

Background

In accordance with the Division of the Budget Policy and Reporting Manual, Revised Item B-300 (effective March 31, 2006), maintenance rates have been increased.

The attachedDetermining Taxability of Maintenance Deductions” explains the rules for determining the taxable status of maintenance deductions for State employees.

Affected Employees

Employees with deductions for employee housing and/or meals using Deduction Code 401 (Taxable Maintenance) or 402 (Non-Taxable Maintenance).

Effective Date(s)

Paychecks dated April 27, 2006 (Institution).
Paychecks dated May 3, 2006 (Administration).
Paychecks dated July 12, 2006 (SUNY rate change).

Control-D Reports

The Control-D report NBEN725 (Employees with Maintenance Deductions) that identifies employees who have maintenance deductions in each agency (excluding SUNY*) is now available.

*NBEN725 for SUNY employees will be available on June 15, 2006.

Agency Actions

Agencies must report changes to maintenance deductions by inserting a new effective date row in the General Deduction page.

Note: The effective date to be entered is the first day of the pay period for the check date in which the deduction will be effective.

Questions

The Division of the Budget Policy and Reporting Manual, Item B-300 (effective March 31, 2006) is available at http://www.budget.state.ny.us/bprm/b/b300.html. If unable to electronically access this information, please request a hard copy from the Division of the Budget at 518-474-0429.

Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Payroll Deductions mailbox.