February 2018 Intel Retiree News Flash

IN THIS ISSUE:
GOT W2 QUESTIONS | AZ SITE COORDINATOR NEEDED | HEALTH BENEFITS REMINDERS | MCAFEE FREE SECURITY SOFTWARE NO EXPANSION OF FORUMS INTEL BUSINESS STRATEGIES WEBCAST LINKSIN THE NEWS SOCIAL EVENTS |
IMPORTANT RETIREE DATES:
* SERMA Claim Submission Deadline for reimbursements is March 31, 2018
* Form 1095 to retirees enrolled in IRMP with SERMA balance coming soon

FROM THE BOARD – Barb Frank, President

GOT W2 QUESTIONS?
If you have received your W2 and have questions, you can request a W2 Breakdown Letter that details what was included in each box on your W2. Intel will mail your W2 to the mailing address they have on record as of the end of 2017. It will be mailed by January 31.

If you have not received your W2 by mid-February, or you would like a W2 Breakdown Letter, request copies by calling Get HR Help 800 number (1-800-238-0486) and select the payroll option or option zero. Use the voicemail/call back option if hold times are long.

URGENT: ARIZONA SITE COORDINATOR NEEDED
Arizona is a major Intel site with 965 retirees. For the last ten years Sharon Bernier represented Arizona on the IRO board. Due to personal issues, Sharon resigned effective 12/31/17. We need a volunteer to represent our Arizona retirees. Commitment is a quarterly board meeting that is two hours or less. Sharon was also hosting the annual dinner, and can pass along her BKMs to do this. Any other social events would be up to you as Site Coordinator. If interested, please contact Barb Frank at intelretiree@gmail.com.

HEALTH & BENEFITS – Tom Piete, Chairperson

RETIREES HEALTH BENEFITS REMINDERS:

  1. Sheltered Employee Retirement Medical Account (SERMA) claim submission deadline is 3/31/18 to obtain reimbursements from your SERMA account for eligible health insurance premiums you paid during 2017. You are allowed to submit claims for eligible premiums for the prior year (January 1 through December 31, 2017) until the run out period ends March 31, 2018. For more information click here.
  2. CORRECTION: Material below in blue contains updated accurate information

An observant retiree detected an error in this message. The error was in the effective date of the elimination of the Individual Mandate. Turns out the individual mandate’s enforcement was repealed, effective in 2019, as part of a major tax bill passed by Congress last month. The mandate remains in effect for 2018. Most people who do not have health coverage that complies with minimum standards outlined by the Affordable Care Act this year face a tax penalty of $695 per adult or 2.5 percent of household income, whichever is higher.

Previously published information below contains an error
Intel should shortly be issuing Form 1095 to Retirees enrolled in Intel Retiree Medical Plan (IRMP) or who have a SERMA balance. This form provides documentation you met the requirement of the Affordable Care Act for tax year 2017. This should be the last year you will need this proof since the Individual Mandate was recently eliminated by Congress for tax years 2018 and beyond.

DISCOUNTS – Cheryl Pruss, Chairperson

McAFEE FREE SECURITY SOFTWARE FOR INTEL RETIREES
The website for the McAfee discount is working correctly now. If any retirees encounter an issue with the code not working, please contact McAfee and file a service request. If you need a service extension until they resolve the issue with your software code, ask for it. As a reminder this benefit is for official Intel retirees. Click here to access the McAfee Security Software instructions.

COMMUNICATION – Debbie Watson, Chairperson

NO EXPANSION OF FORUMS
When gathering feedback for the Hot Topic Forums, we heard from a few retirees that would like to see a more general and on-going forum on topics of interest to Intel retirees. The Communications Team considered that request, measuring it against the organization’s priorities and the volunteer resources we have available. We have decided not to expand forums beyond the Hot Topic Forums which are an effective tool for communicating on topics that are both timely and important to Intel retirees. We encourage retirees who are interested in forums to do an Internet search on “retirement forums” to see a number of (non-Intel specific) forums that exist today. If networking with Intel retirees is your goal, feel free to join the Intel Retiree Organization Members-Only Facebook Group.

CURRENT INTEL BUSINESS STRATEGIES WEBCAST LINKS
January 3, 2018 – Intel Investor Call Regarding Security Research FindingsAdditional Information January 9, 2018 – JP Morgan CES Tech ForumAdditional Information
January 17, 2018 – Deutsche Bank 2018 Global Auto Industry ConferenceAdditional Information January 25, 2018 – Q4 2017 Intel Corporation Earnings Call Additional Information
IN THE NEWS
Bloomberg Technology – Here’s What Analysts Are Saying About Intel’s Solid Earnings Market Watch – Intel stock closes at 17-year high after ‘impressive’ earnings YouTubeWonder Woman Drone Light Show | Intel  (video 2:08)
visit the Intel newsroom for all the latest news!

VOLUNTEER AND DONATION COMMITTEE – Ben Manny & Annette Bachmeier, Co-chairs

INTEL INVOLVED 2016 VOLUNTEER HOURS FINAL PAYOUT REPORT NOW AVAILABLE!
The final 2017 payout report is posted for submitted 2016 Intel Involved hours. Click here to read more.

BENEVITY IS THE NEW INTEL INVOLVED PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR
Great news! Benevity has done such a great job as Intel’s administrator for the U.S. Employee Matching Gifts Program that the Global Intel Involved Volunteer Matching Grant Program has now moved to the Benevity platform. Visit the volunteer portal to sign up for a volunteer event, report hours, or make a donation.

SITE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

To view multi-site opportunities, visit the All Intel Sites Opportunity page.

  OREGONNEW: Help with local Red Cross Blood Drives
The American Red Cross needs your HELP! There are several local volunteer positions available for you to help in your community.

UPCOMING SITE SOCIAL EVENTS

Visit individual site calendars to view details of social activities in your area.

ARIZONA – We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate Arizona social activities.  Email us at intelretiree@gmail.com BAY AREA – Feb 11 – Annual Wine and Cheese Party2-5:00p.m. at Ruth Short’s home – RSVP by Feb. 5 to Val Kohl; March 9 – 5-7:00p.m. happy hour get together at Pedro’s with Josh Walden – Location: 3935 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara, RSVP to Cheryl Pruss by March 5 FOLSOM – March 28 – IRO no-host luncheon, 11:30a.m. – 2:00p.m. BJ’s Brewhouse – RSVP by March 26 to IRO – Folsom Site RSVP
MASSACHUSETTS – nothing currently planned – If you want to help Pam, please contact her by email. NEW MEXICO – March 6  – Taco Tuesday lunch at Las Ristras at 11:30a.m. OREGON/WASHINGTON – February 13 – Lunch 1:00p.m., at P.F. Chang’s – RSVP to Susan McElfish

 

 

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