Although Congress has extended the reduced Social Security payroll tax for at least two months, state workers' wages will be withheld at a higher rate on their Jan. 1 checks for reasons that we explained in Thursday's State Worker column.
Those employees will receive a refund on their Feb. 1 checks, said Jacob Roper, spokesman for State Controller John Chiang.
But what about state workers who are going to retire at the end of this month and won't be around to receive a February paycheck? Several thousand employees will fall into that category, since nearly a quarter of state workers who retire each year do so at the end of December.
State workers who enter retirement in January will receive a payroll tax refund check from the state, Roper said.