Spousal attendance at events

When the university covers the cost of a spouse or partner to accompany an employee at an event, the amount appliable to the spouse or partner to attend will be taxable income to the employee. The taxable income will be recorded through payroll and the applicable taxes will be withheld from the employee’s pay.

If the spouse or partner is also an employee and is performing services for the university, the cost will not be considered taxable income.

Please contact Disbursements at 315-443-2484 or disburse@syr.edu if you have any questions.