2019 Local Services Tax Reminder

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As a reminder, Local Services Tax exemption forms expire at the end of each calendar year. University employees who submitted applications for exemption in 2018 and meet the criteria again in 2019 will need to complete and submit new forms to the Payroll Department to claim exemption in 2019. Submitting an exemption form will prevent the $4.33 (for monthly employees) or $2.00 (for biweekly employees) Local Services Tax deduction from being withheld from employees’ payments.

Valid reasons for claiming exemption from Local Services Tax are:

  • If an employee has Multiple Employers and their other employer is withholding the LST
  • Expected total earned income and net profits from all sources within a particular municipality will be less than $12,000
  • Active Duty Military Exemption
  • Military Disability Exemption


More information about the Local Services Tax can be found by visiting our website at http://www.payroll.pitt.edu, selecting your role, and then US Tax Information from the Pay and Taxes drop down menu.

Exemption Forms are available at http://payroll.pitt.edu/employee-forms/ under Local Services Tax Exemption Forms. Employees should select the municipality in which they are employed.

Biweekly employees, such as Student Workers and temporary employees, who meet the criteria for 2019 and expect to receive biweekly payments on January 4 should submit new forms by December 31 to ensure that no Local Services Tax is withheld. Monthly employees who meet the criteria should submit new forms by January 7. Completed forms can be faxed to 412-624-8072 or to https://apps.fis.pitt.edu/payroll/.
If you have any questions, please submit an inquiry at http://payroll.pitt.edu/contact/ and we will be happy to assist you.