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March 2019  

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Central Iowa Chapter APA

March 2019 Newsletter

 

 

                  Volume 2019                                                                                                    P.O.Box 131

                  Issue 1                                                                                                               Des Moines, IA 50301

 

Our Mission Statement

 

The Central Iowa Chapter of the American Payroll Association is dedicated to providing information and education, support and networking opportunities to professionals involved in all aspects of payroll through our meetings, our newsletters, and our website.  The Chapter strives to be a respected, essential and effective partner in the business community and to provide support to the national American Payroll Association. 

 

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Our Mission

Share your ideas, experiences and knowledge with chapter members thru the newsletter.  Your knowledge is valuable - please email your articles to Newsletter Chair at newsletter@centraliowaapa.org anytime you learn something that would benefit your peers in payroll. 

 

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Letter from the President

I hope everyone’s W-2’s were submitted and mailed out timely! We are all ready for some sunshine J

APA’s Annual Congress is just around the corner and APA is preparing questions for two Q&A sessions, the Forums on Federal Payroll Issues. They’ll have panelists from DOL, IRS, OCSE, SSA, and USCIS, and they’ll aim to pose to them some of the most perplexing questions facing payroll professionals. The panelists will be from federal agencies, so they are interested in questions that are best answered by their agencies.

I’ll be collecting questions through the end of March so please send your questions to me at president@centraliowaapa.org

Tori Worley

CIAPA President

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Government Liaison Corner

IRS Releases 2019 Form W-2 and the 2019 Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3

There are no major changes to the 2019 Form W-2. Here are a few items to note:

  • Due date for filing with SSA. The deadline to file 2019 Forms W-2 and W-3 with the Social Security Administration (SSA) is January 31, 2020, without regard to the method of filing.
  • Box 9 Verification Code. The Verification Code pilot program has ended. Box 9 is no longer in use.
  • Disaster tax relief. Disaster tax relief is available for those affected by recent disasters.
  • Penalties. The instructions also list updated penalty amounts for failure to file correct information returns and to furnish correct payee statements. These penalties are adjusted for inflation annually.

 

IRS Releases 2019 Publication 15 and Wage Levy Exemption Amount Tables

On December 18, the IRS released the 2019 Publication 15, Circular E, Employer’s Tax Guide, and the 2019 Publication 1494, Tables for Figuring Amount Exempt Form Levy on Wages, Salary, and Other Income.

Publication 15 includes the 2019 wage bracket and percentage-method withholding tables. It also sets the amount for one withholding allowance at $4,200 (up from $4,150 in 2018). Publication 15 reminds employers that the IRS extended the deadline for employees who have a change of status “solely due to the changes made by the TCJA [Tax Cuts and Jobs Act]” to furnish a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, to their employers until May 10, 2019.

Publication 1494 provides tables showing the amount of an individual’s wages that is exempt from a Notice of Levy used to collect delinquent federal income tax in 2019. As in 2018, the publication contains a column for zero dependents to reflect changes made by the TCJA.

 

Virgin Islands Facing Potential FUTA Credit Reduction for 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released its list of potential FUTA credit reduction states and territories for 2019. The Virgin Islands continues to have an outstanding Federal Unemployment Account (FUA) loan and might be subject to a FUTA credit reduction for 2019. It is the only state/territory listed.

The Virgin Islands has had a credit reduction in each of the past eight years (2011-2018). For 2018, the Virgin Islands credit reduction was 2.4%.

For 2019, the Virgin Islands potential basic reduction could be 2.7%. With the Benefit Cost Rate (BCR) add-on of 1.1%, the total credit reduction could be 3.8%. The Virgin Islands can apply to the DOL for a waiver of the BCR add-on by July 1, 2019. The 2019 determination will be made after the FUA loan repayment due date of November 10, 2019.

 

IDENTITY THEFT / DATA THEFT / SCAM ALERTS

Avoid scams: Know the facts on how the IRS contacts taxpayers

  • Crooks impersonating the IRS either by phone, email or in person cost people their time and money. The IRS urges people to stay vigilant against schemes and scams and avoid becoming a victim.
  • Here are some important tips for taxpayers to keep in mind to avoid scams.
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CIAPA Chapter News

 

2019 Board Elections

The 2019 board elections are scheduled for the May 2019 chapter meeting.  I encourage everyone to consider nominating themselves or a member they believe would be an asset to any of the positions. This is a great opportunity to network with other payroll professionals or expand your existing networks. It is also an excellent opportunity for those who have never served to get involved with our local APA chapter and for those who have served in the past to continue their involvement.

The positions eligible for election this year are:  President, Treasurer, Government Liaison Officer, Education, Membership, and Newsletter Communications

Positions begin in June 2019 and run for two years.   Please consider nominating yourself or someone you know! 

Deadline for nominations - April 19, 2019.

 

Thank you,

Cheri Klyn, CPP Nominations Chair nominations@centraliowaapa.org 

 

2019 Election Position Descriptions

 President

  • Leads, plans, directs and oversees all Chapter activities to ensure full benefits to all members while protecting the integrity and intent of the Chapter and the institute.
  • Presides over all meetings and conferences, welcoming all those in attendance.
  • Gives guidance to committees and receives regular activity reports and project updates.
  • Acts as an ex-officio member of all committees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to the Chapter President by the Board of Directors.
  • Will become Immediate Past President for one year after Presidential term has expired.

This position must be held by a member in good standing of the local Central Iowa Chapter and the National American Payroll Association.  Regular attendance of monthly chapter meetings and board meetings is required.

 

Treasurer

  • Works directly with the President to ensure that information provided protects the integrity and the intent of the chapter and the institution.
  • Collects dues and other receivables of the Chapter, including at our monthly chapter meetings.
  • Prints name tags for monthly chapter meetings.
  • Maintains records of the financial activity of the Chapter.
  • Review and pay bills of the Chapter.
  • Submits monthly financial reports via newsletter.
  • Assists and prepares proposals and costs estimates for programs and activities for the Chapter.
  • Shall safeguard and maintain the permanent records of the Chapter.
  • Coordinates annual audit of treasury records.
  • Files biennial reports to the state.

This position must be held by a member in good standing of the local Central Iowa Chapter and the National American Payroll Association. Regular attendance of monthly chapter meetings and board meetings is required.

 

Government Liaison Officer

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Works directly with the President to ensure that information provided protects the integrity and the intent of the chapter and the institute.
  • Answers questions from the membership (verbal or written) within the limits of the officer’s job, when it concerns Government regulations
  • Represents the chapter to government agencies on local, state, and national levels.
  • Provides up to date information on new tax laws, revisions, and reporting modification to the membership via email, newsletter, website, and verbally at chapter meetings.
  • Submits regular reports of activities and project status to the President.

In order to meet these responsibilities, the Government Liaison Officer should maintain resources of information at government level. These resources would include, but not limited to, APA Government Liaison, Federal, State, and local Legislative changes, publications, and newsletters.

This position must be held by a member in good standing of the local Central Iowa Chapter and the National American Payroll Association. Regular attendance of monthly chapter meetings and board meetings is required. 

 

Membership Chair

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Respond promptly to the requests from non-members for information regarding the chapter and related membership benefits and requirements
  • Receive applications for membership, provide acceptance/rejection status to each applicant, keep membership applications for the chapter, and assist applicants who wish to join the chapter. On a monthly basis, search the National APA website for new Iowa members and send them info regarding our chapter
  • Recruit new members to the chapter by contacting local businesses
  • Send new members a welcome packet and notify the Hospitality and Newsletter chairs of new member information
  • Distribute member email list as needed for communications
  • Maintain chapter database for address changes, name changes, e-mail changes, new members, etc.
  • Bill annual dues to members and record said payments on behalf of members. Will forward said dues to Treasurer for deposit into the chapter bank account
  • Send renewal letter, certificates and business cards to paid members at each renewal period
  • Maintain updated roster of members to be posted on chapter website.
  • Take photographs at monthly meeting to post on website, publish in chapter newsletter, and for APA’s annual Chapter Pictorial contest.
  • Keep a notebook to record the committee activities

This position must be held by a member in good standing of the local Central Iowa Chapter. Regular attendance of monthly chapter meetings and board meetings is required.

 

Education Chair

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with Hospitality Chair to set up meeting schedule for year
  • Arrange for speakers at monthly meetings
  • Obtain RCH approval from National in advance of meeting
  • Complete RCH’s for participants for meetings and study groups
  • Organize CPP/FPC study group for fall and spring exams
  • Keep a notebook to record the committee activities, and a log of speakers and their topics, when they spoke and the survey results of the speaker/topic.

This position must be held by a member in good standing of the local Central Iowa Chapter.  Regular attendance of monthly chapter meetings and board meetings are required.

  

Newsletter Communications Chair

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Publish monthly chapter newsletter and have posted on website as a PDF file
  • Send newsletter in PDF format to members via e-mail as well as ChapterRelations@americanpayroll.org
  • Submit chapter information to National for their publications
  • Keep copies of all newsletters in chronological order

This position must be held by a member in good standing of the local Central Iowa Chapter. Regular attendance of monthly chapter meetings and board meetings is required. 

 

See the attached Thank you from the Children's Cancer Connection on the way you made a struggling family feel loved this last holiday season.

 

 

 

There is one job posting under our classified area, if you are looking for a new opportunity. And remember if your company is looking for a high quality payroll professional make sure you submit a classified to the Chapter site.

 

 

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Board Members

  

PRESIDENT                                                                                       VICE PRESIDENT

         Tori Worley                                                                                Deanne O'Hollearn, CPP

         Kum & Go                                                                                  Principal Financial Group

         515-457-6205                                                                            515-235-1122

         president@centraliowaapa.org                                              vicepresident@centraliowaapa.org

 

SECRETARY                                                                                      TREASURER 

         Rachel Harken                                                                            Casie Lange

         Kinzler Construction Services                                                      UnityPoint Health

                                                                                                    

         secretary@centraliowaapa.org                                                treasurer@centraliowaapa.org

 

GOVERNMENT LIAISON OFFICER                                                MEMBERSHIP

         Carol Fisher                                                                             Samantha Skogerboe

         ChildServe Inc                                                                          Basin Holdings

        515-727-1484                                                                             

         glo@centraliowaapa.org                                                          membership@centraliowaapa.org  

 

HOSPITALITY                                                                                   EDUCATION 

        Debby Haning, CPP                                                                 Ellen Stahl, FPC

        Vermeer                                                                                    Bratney Companies     

         641-621-8825                                                                          515-974-6005  

        hospitality@centraliowaapa.org                                              education@centraliowaapa.org

 

NEWSLETTER COMMUNICATIONS                                              NOMINATIONS 

         Angela Alsum, CPP                                                                  Cheri Klyn, CPP

         Vermeer                                                                                     Vermeer

         641-621-7828                                                                            641-621-7253

         newsletter@centraliowaapa.org                                             nominations@centraliowaapa.org

 

NPW/COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT                                            PAST PRESIDENT 

         Gayla Nesbit                                                                             Debby Hauk

         EMC Insurance                                                                         UnityPoint Health    

         515-345-2077                                                                           515-241-3733

        communitydev@centraliowaapa.org

 

 

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