University of California, Riverside

Human Resources

Retirement Gifts

Retirement Gift Program

The University of California, Riverside wishes to extend their appreciation to employees who have served the campus with pride and dedication. UCR celebrates their achievements and congratulates them in their new endeavors.  In recognition of their valuable contributions to the University, retirees are offered the following retirement gift program.

Effective January 1, 2018, gift cards are excluded from the definition of tangible personal property, therefore the value of gift cards provided by the University to an employee for an employee achievement may be considered taxable wage income. For example, if an employee receives cash or cash equivalent awards (e.g., gift card, one month of parking, transit parking, etc.) for length of service then the value of the awards may be treated as wage income subject to federal income tax withholding and FICA.

For more information, view the UC Office of the President Memo. For more information on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act click here.

Eligibility/Gift Selection for Retirement Gift Program

The Staff Retirement Gift Program is available to all staff employees who retire with 5 or more years of University Retirement Service Credit.

Retirement Gift selection

Procedures for Ordering

Step 1

The Department will provide eligible retirees with the link to the OC Tanner website to review the gift selections.

Step 2

The eligible retiree selects a gift from the website and notifies their Department Administrator. 

Step 3

The Department obtains a P.O. using O.C. Tanner as the vendor. 

Step 4

The Department will place the retirement gift order via email to Please provide O.C. Tanner with the employee’s name, retirement date and department as well as the P.O. number and billing contact and address. If needed, UCR's account number with O.C. Tanner is 476980.

Step 5

Upon receiving the order, please finish and submit the P.O. for payment.

Step 6

Follow O.C. Tanner’s policy for any returns/exchanges.

Retirement Gift Questions

OC Tanner

Please contact Brian Wiggington from O.C. Tanner at (800) 828-8902 x33939 with questions regarding ordering, exchanges/returns, billing, shipment tracking.


Please contact the Benefits Office at if you have any questions regarding retiree gift procedures.


The Business and Finance Bulletin G-41includes policy and procedures on work-related awards for non-cash items.

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