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Welcome to the Payroll Department’s website

The Payroll Department is part of the Controller’s Office at SMU. We support the university’s focus on education, research, and service by ensuring accuracy, timeliness, and the safeguarding of University assets.

Our department’s mission is to pay SMU’s employees timely and accurately. Our areas of responsibility include:

§         Compensation payments to all SMU employees

§         Payroll tax withholding and deposits

§         Direct deposits for payroll payments

§         Job records for student, temporary, and adjunct employees

§         Taxation and reporting of all payments to foreign nationals

§         Year-end reporting (Forms W-2 and 1042S)

§         Compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations as well as university policies 

We are committed to serving you efficiently and effectively. On this website, you will find the necessary tools and information to address many of your payroll-related questions and situations. If you need additional assistance, please contact one of the Payroll staff using the link below.

Contact Payroll

We have developed operational guidelines for several important payroll matters. Information is available through this website on the following topics:

Benefit rates

Direct deposit for payroll

Electronic W-2: FAQs

Employee types

Final paycheck from SMU


Independent Contractor Determination

International Student Workers (Employment) - this link will take you to a page on the International Student and Scholar Services website

Non-Payroll Payments (Honorarium, Travel Reimbursement, Awards) - this link will take you to a page on HR's website

Off-cycle checks

Pay periods, dates, and deadlines

Paycheck information online

Payroll taxes

Payroll-Related Acronyms and Terminology

Time records (for biweekly and monthly employees)

TIMEaccess (timekeeping system)

Updating your personal information

Year-end tax reporting (Forms W2 and 1042S)