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August 16, 2007

Stephen Haliczer to appear
at Borders for ‘author talk’

Stephen Haliczer, professor emeritus of history at NIU and creator of a board game on papal succession in the Catholic church, will host an “author talk” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Borders, 2250 Sycamore Road in DeKalb.

Haliczer will introduce and discuss “Vatican: The Papal Election Board Game” and sign the games. Those who already have purchased a set are encouraged to bring them for signing.

Significant changes made
to forms for check requests,
contractor work statements

As of July 31, significant changes were made to the check request and independent contractor certified work statement forms. Please download the most recent versions of the forms.

One of the changes to these forms was eliminating Social Security numbers and tax identification numbers. Reviewing areas where confidential information is maintained resulted in a decision to require these numbers only on the applicable IRS forms. The W-9 is the official form to request taxpayer information for U.S. citizens.

Employee identification numbers and student identification numbers still are required when reimbursing an employee or student.

To simplify the process and minimize the number of forms, the honorarium form was eliminated. Its function is now served on the check request.

An honorarium is a one-time payment made to an individual who is not an employee of the university for a special and non-recurring activity or event for which a fee is not legally or traditionally required. The intent is to show appreciation for participation in university educational, research or public service activities or events.

Examples of honoraria are included in the check request instructions. Paying honoraria now requires a check request and a W-9 for U.S. citizens. A W-9 is not for use by foreign nationals (nonresident aliens). See the instructions for paying a foreign national for details. 

Please see the forms matrix for additional information on use of forms. Call the Controller’s Office at (815) 753-1576 with any questions concerning these changes.

All forms, instructions and the matrix are on the Accounting Office Web site. To keep current with the most recent version of forms, visit the site regularly for updates.