The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 15, 1997, Page 3, Image 3

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    Congress could reinstate exemption
TAXES from page 1
without a bachelor’s degree are
exempt from taxation, as well as
courses that benefit employees in
their fields or that are required by
Dale Wolfgram, UNL assistant
payroll manager, said the university
neglected to withhold taxes on bene
fits earlier this year because it count
ed on the exemption, as it has for 18
The decision left university offi
cials no choice but to bill employees
for the applicable taxes by the end of
this year. The university could have
ignored the Internal Revenue Service
and “risked it,” he said, but a state
institution cannot play such games
with taxpayer dollars.
Wolfgram said there was a
chance that Congress would pass a
bill next year reinstating the exemp
tion retroactively through 1997. The
university would then have to recal
culate and resubmit W-2 tax forms
for all 300 employees affected by the
“That would be great for those
employees,” but a nightmare for uni
versity financiers, he said.
Wolfgram said he was unsure
whether the university should have
withheld the taxes since January in
expectation of not receiving the
exemption from Congress. But if the
university had withheld the taxes,
and the exemption had been granted,
a time-consuming process of rework
ing tax forms would have ensued.
Employees who enrolled in 1997
spring semester classes have already
received a letter indicating the
amount of taxes withheld from their
paychecks to cover benefits-related
taxes owed.
Those who attended summer ses
sion classes will receive a letter in
late October, and those attending fall
courses will receive a letter in
Employees who took job-related
courses in the summer or fall terms
must submit forms at a later date
documenting reasons for their tax
exemption. Spring forms are due in
the Payroll Office by Oct. 21.
The office will hold two meetings
to discuss the change in tax law: Oct.
29 at 2 p.m. in the Nebraska East
Union and Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. in the
Nebraska Union.
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“A Gentleman’s Club”
Health center sponsors events
in conjunction with fitness tour
TOUR from pagel
“We have a pre-structured tour,”
Tokar said. “Our turnout at UNL has
been good so far, but if we only got a
response from 10 students, it would
still be a success.”
Tokar said the goal of the tour
was more than just contests and free
“Our object is to promote health
ier lifestyles for college students,”
Tokar said. “We provide information
to students on things like smoking,
drugs and alcohol.”
Carol Ash, communications
coordinator at the University Health
Center, said the center is offering
events as well.
“We are going to be giving flu
shots, cholesterol tests and hemo
globin tests for students,” Ash said.
“We are also going to be providing a
lot of health information.”
Students who want to participate
in the events fill out a form, and are
then able to compete in any of the
events they want. Students have to
compete in the events to be able to
register for the prizes, which include
a 1998 Jeep Wrangler or Plymouth
Neon, a cruise and other items.
Senior English major Chad
Hamilton, who tried out the
Gladiator Challenge, said he was
enjoying the tour.
“I am doing this for fun as part of
Homecoming Week,” Hamilton said.
“I think the events are really good,
and it’s fun to get out of classes.”
Senior business major Heidi
Thomas also tried out the jousting
“This is a really fun way to
relax,” Thomas said.
Ash said she thought the event
was excellent for students.
“It gives students the chance to
have safe, fun activities to do, and
they also learn about fitness and
safety,” she said. “The more students
that learn about the event, the more
that will show up.”
Other activities in the tour
■ A 30-foot-high artificial rock
climbing wall.
■ Gladiator joust competition.
■ Velcro fly wall.
■ Mountain bike, baseball, foot
ball and soccer challenges.
■ Several interactive computer
health and awareness games.
■ Therapeutic massages for $5.
■ Wellness assessments for $10.
■ Sumo wrestling.
■ Human bowling.
■ Bungee run and Bouncy box
■ Cholesterol tests for $3,
hemoglobin tests for $2, and flu
shots for $8.
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