Pay & Taxes

Pay and taxes can be complex.

Below are some resources to help guide you in understanding and finding more specific information. Current employees can find additional payroll information on MyWestfield and can view the paystub and W-2 on Employee Self-Service.

General Payroll Inquiries:

payroll@westfield.ma.edu
(413) 572-8404, 8664, or 8478
Department Fax: (413) 572-5628

Understanding Your Paycheck
  1. Indicates the pay period for which you are being paid, as well as the date your pay is issued.
  2. Your name and address prints here. This is the “Home Address” and is used for W-2 Mailings as well.
  3. Contains your Employee ID, Dept. and location of employment, job title, and pay-rate.
  4. Identifies your Federal and State tax information as reported on your W-4/M-4 form.
  5. Details of earnings paid in the current pay period and all earnings paid Year to Date (YTD).
  6. Details of taxes paid in the current pay period and all taxes paid YTD.
  7. Details of before-tax deductions paid in the current period and all before-tax deductions paid YTD.
  8. Details of after-tax deductions paid in the current period and all after-tax deductions paid YTD.
  9. Details of Commonwealth paid deductions in the current period and all Commonwealth paid deductions YTD.
  10. Your paycheck totals are in this section, including your YTD gross and tax amounts.
  11. Leave Balances are available to view on your Self-Service Timesheet.
  12. Your direct deposit distribution is shown here (Note: Your bank account information is not shown here).
Understanding Your W-2

Your W-2 tax form shows the amount of taxes withheld from your paycheck for the calendar year and is used to file your federal and state taxes. The IRS requires employers to report wage and salary information for employees on Form W-2. Your W-2 also reports the amount of federal, state and other taxes withheld from your paycheck. As an employee, the information on your W-2 is extremely important when preparing your tax return. To insure you have it in time, the IRS requires your employer to send you a W-2 no later than January 31 following the close of the tax year, which is usually December 31.

Office of the Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has created a document to assist you in understanding your W-2.

Additional Resources