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SFUSD Takes Immediate Action to Address Error in Employee State Tax Filings

Apologizes to District Employees as It Investigates Fix

San Francisco (March 7, 2023) - San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne announced today that SFUSD is taking immediate steps to resolve an error in which the district did not file three quarterly wage reports with the State in 2022. While SFUSD did withhold state taxes from employees and paid them to the state, the district is in the process of filing a final report which identifies the amount of taxes paid by each employee. Until this report is filed, employee tax returns may be impacted. 


Upon discovering this situation, SFUSD immediately launched the process of correctly filing the quarterly wage reports with the State Employment Development Department (EDD). The EDD will work with the Franchise Tax Board to process the filing and reconcile it with payments received on behalf of individual employees as reflected in their W-2s. SFUSD is also looking at its other regulatory filings in an effort to ensure all legal requirements are met. SFUSD is investigating what caused this problem and at this time it has not confirmed if the error is related to EMPowerSF.


“We are deeply sorry for the stress and concern this has caused our staff and their families. SFUSD is undertaking accountability measures to ensure this does not happen again,” Superintendent Wayne said. “We are urgently working to rectify this error and the possible cascading impacts for employees.”   


SFUSD staff are investigating the impacts of this error, depending on whether or not employees have filed their tax returns so that we may quickly address issues that arise. SFUSD is aware that some employees have been unable to file their tax returns, and other employees were notified that their expected refunds were impacted.



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