Thousands of employees affected by Harvard tax mistake

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The university pledged to reimburse employees for the excess taxes they paid or help them file amended returns.

But that promise came only after a scathing critique from two Harvard Law School professors, Alvin C. Warren and Daniel I. Halperin. The professors wrote to colleagues that the letter the Harvard benefits office sent affected employees in January was “misleading as to both the scope of the problem and the university’s responsibility to make some 11,000 employees whole for a monumental mistake by the central administration.”

In all, Harvard erroneously reported more than $20 million to the IRS between 2009 and 2013, according to a letter sent to affected employees Friday by Marilyn Hausammann, vice president for human resources.

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