W-2s available online
Beginning on Jan. 26, 2021, all employees can access their 2020 UCPath W-2 online:
· For employees who requested an electronic version of their W-2, they will receive an email notification when it becomes available
· For employees who did not select an electronic version, a printed W-2 will be mailed to the home address on file on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021
To access the UCPath W-2, please visit UCPath at http://ucpath.universityofcalifornia.edu and click on Employee Actions > Income and Taxes > View Online W-2.
Former employees have access to view or download their W-2 statements (up to three years after their separation date). To access their UCPath W-2, they can visit UCPath and click on Former Employee. Once logged in, click on Employee Actions > Income and Taxes > View Online W-2.
Federal and state earned income tax credit (EITC or EIC)
· Per the Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act, UC includes a notice with all Form W-2 statements notifying employees that they may be eligible for the federal EITC. This is a benefit for working people with low to moderate-income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements (https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/earned-income-tax-credit/use-the-eitc-assistant) and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund. For more information about the federal EITC, reference IRS Notice 797 (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/n797.pdf) or contact the Internal Revenue Service at (800) 829-3676 or via www.irs.gov (http://www.irs.gov/) .
· You also may be eligible to receive the California EITC, starting with the 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. It is treated in the same manner as the federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit, eligibility, how to obtain necessary forms and help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at (800) 852-5711 or via www.ftb.ca.gov (http://www.ftb.ca.gov/).
Claiming exemption from withholding
The IRS requires you to complete a new W-4 form each year if you are claiming exemption from tax withholding. If you wish to claim exemption from withholding in 2021, you must make this choice on UCPath online (https://ucpath.universityofcalifornia.edu/) before Feb. 15, 2021.
Have questions or need help?
Log in to UCPath (http://ucpath.universityofcalifornia.edu/) and select Ask UCPath to submit an inquiry. You may also call UCPath to speak with an associate at (855) 982-7284 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT) Monday through Friday.