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April 2015  

President's Report

 

This is a very exciting time in the Columbus Area Chapter.  Membership is growing and we are seeing more and more participation from existing members. Thank you all for helping to keep the Chapter moving forward and working to educate Payroll Professionals in our area. 

Respectfully,

 Dianne Hundt, CPP

Chapter President

 

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Member News

Your 2015 Board of Directors are:

President:                                    Dianne Hundt, CPP

Vice-President:                           Darlene West, CPP

Treasurer:                                    Vicki Smith

Secretary:                                    Pamela Brim

 

Appointed Positions:

 Events Coordinator:                  Cheryl Saxton, CPP

Chapter Relations:                     Amie Cherrington, CPP

Website Administrator:              Jason Roberts, FPC

Community Relations:               Jamie Rugh, PRC

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OCPP

 

 

CAC AT THE 2014 OCPP "UNDER THE BIG TOP"

 

The 2015 Ohio Conference for Payroll Professionals (OCPP) is scheduled for November 5th and 6th, 2015, to be held at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio.  The theme this year is still to be announced.  You won’t want to miss the Thursday evening social event which will include dancing, shopping, prizes, and great entertainment.  Registration will open soon.  Upon registration you will be able to purchase a conference t-shirt.  All t-shirts will be pre-ordered, you will not be able to purchase t-shirts during check-in.  Please join the Ohio Conference for Payroll Professional’s (OCPP) LinkedIn Group for further updates.  If you have any questions, please contact Dianne Hundt, Columbus Area Chapter President, via the admin@apacolumbus.org mailbox. We hope to see the Columbus Area Chapter strongly represented at this year’s conference. 

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Community Service

The Columbus Area Chapter will be sponsoring the following charities for 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Committee Updates

 

One way our members can help our Chapter is by volunteering for a committee.  We have the ability to do great things as a Chapter, but we need your support.  Each committee is chaired by a board member and will work closely with the board.  The committees are described below:

 

Chapter Events/National Payroll Week Committee

  • Help to plan monthly Chapter meetings
  • Help to plan National Payroll Week celebration
  • Support our OCPP (Statewide) representatives for the upcoming conference

 

Community Service Committee

  • Plan charitable events & activities for members to be involved.
  • Determine worthy causes and promoting to the Chapter.

 

Membership Committee

  • Promote/Increase Chapter membership

 

Education/Study Group Committee

  • Setup of CPP Study Group
  • Promote other educational opportunities

 

Technology/Website Committee

  • Development of Chapter website
  • Social Networking of our Chapter groups

 

 

Please take a moment to think about how you would like to be involved in the success of the Chapter for 2015.  If you have any questions or would like to join a committee, please email the board at admin@apacolumbus.org.  

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Chapter Dashboard

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$15,117.00
$ in receivables
Speed:

143
Members
Oil:

5
New Members
Horsepower:

49 CPP's
 8  FPC's
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What: Free Webcast - What Is A Fringe Benefit and When Is It Taxable? 

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Our Website

With the new website, you can no longer add a guest to your registration as the pricing is different and the cost is tied to either a Member or Guest ticket. You can register yourself as a member, and then you can either have your guest register themselves, or you can register them. I would suggest if you are going to do it, to log out of the site, and then go through the registration process to register your guest.

 

Also you have the ability to cancel your own registration before the cutoff day. After you log in, the first page you see is the Member Area. On the left hand side menu, look for "View My Order History". Click on that link. There you will see the meeting and under it there is a box that says "Cancel This Order". A box will pop up asking are you sure. Click yes, then you should see that the registration is cancelled.

 

 

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Legislative Updates

Current Government Relations Lobbying Efforts

APA Urges Vote on The Commuter Parity Act

In November, the APA, along with a coalition of more than 50 organizations, signed on to a letter to Congress supporting passage of The Commuter Parity Act (H.R. 2288). The legislation would have restored parity and made permanent the qualified transportation fringe benefits for parking and public transportation. The letter urged Congress to address the expired tax provision prior to year end. 

Read the letter to the Senate here
Read the letter to the House of Representatives here

APA Supports Adequate Funding for the IRS

In September, the APA sent a letter to Congress supporting adequate funding for the IRS. While the House of Representatives has voted in favor of severe cuts to the FY 2015 budget, IRS funding likely will continue to be the subject of debate in Congress. The APA reminds Congress that the IRS must be properly funded so that it can provide accurate and timely information to taxpayers, deal with new and emerging issues such as identity theft, and fairly enforce the nation's tax laws. 

Read the full letter here

 

 

 

 

APA Urges Vote on Mobile Workforce Simplifiaction Act

The APA, as one of the leaders of a coalition of more than 260 employers and representatives of employers, has signed on to a letter requesting that the full House Judiciary Committee markup and vote for H.R. 1129, the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act. 

Read the full letter here

IRS Issues Subcommittee Provides Input on Acceleration of W-2 Filing Date

President Obama's FY 2015 budget and at least one bill in Congress mention accelerating the Form W-2 filing deadline with the Social Security Administration as a means of preventing tax refund fraud. In response, the IRS Issues Subcommittee studied the potential impact of an earlier filing date and submitted a comment letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen outlining the current procedures, raising issues with accelerating the filing deadline, and offering potential alternatives. 

Read the letter here

APA Member Testifies in Support of Mobile Workforce Bill

In April, APA member Lori Brown testified on behalf of the APA before the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law in favor of H.R. 1129, the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act. The bill would create a 30-day safe harbor during which employees traveling out of state on business would not be subject to nonresident state income tax. 

Read the written testimony here
Read the oral testimony here

APA Supports Commuter Benefit Parity

Congress chose not to enact legislation that would maintain the monthly pretax benefit for mass transit and qualified parking at the same rate. As a result, the monthly pretax benefit for mass transit is $245 and the benefit for qualified parking is $130 per month. The APA supports two bills in Congress that would establish permanent parity between the two rates, thus making administration of the benefit easier for payroll professionals. 

Read APA's letter here and find out how you can show your support. 

APA Submits Brief to Supreme Court in Quality Stores

The outcome of Quality Stores could have significant payroll tax implications for employers, specifically as it relates to FICA refunds. The APA has been monitoring the case's movement all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. APA, with assistance from its legal counsel, filed a friend of the court brief with the Supreme Court in December urging the Court to find that SUB-pay are not taxable wages for FICA purposes.

Read the brief here

Proposed Regulations on Information Reporting for ALEs under ACA released, APA provides comments

The IRS and Treasury released REG-136630-12 in September, which contained proposed regulations providing guidance to employers that are subject to the information reporting requirements under IRC 6056. The proposed regulations affect applicable large employers (ALEs), or those employers with 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalents. Two new forms to report this information, as well as a proposal to place this information on the Form W-2 were among the highlights. 

Read APA's letter here

APA Urges Adoption of Special Procedure for DOMA Reporting

Many tax benefits that were previously available only to a husband and wife of opposite sexes have now been made available to married same-sex couples due to the Supreme Court finding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Many employers that treated the value of spousal benefits for same-sex spouses as includible in gross income and wages may now need to correct overpayments of withheld income and FICA taxes. The IRS Issues Subcommittee wrote to the IRS requesting a special administrative procedure to reduce burden on employers. 

Read their letter here

As Pay or Play Provisions Released, APA Provides Comments

The IRS released proposed regulations (REG 138006-12) implementing the employer "play or pay" provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Much of the proposed regulations adopt guidance previously released by the IRS; however, it does contain new information regarding full-time status and educational organizations. After hearing concerns from multiple members, the APA submitted comments to the IRS regarding the proposed regulations. 

Read APA's Letter

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Member Spotlight

 

Meet Dianne Hundt,CPP a chapter member since 2006 and current Chapter President. Here are some interesting facts about Dianne.

 

 

How did you get your start in the payroll industry?

           
 

I started in Payroll as an Office Manager doing all aspects of Accounting, HR and Payroll for small businesses.

                     

 

Do you have a pet peeve?

               
 

Unwillingness to learn something new.

               
                     

 

What are your hobbies?

               
 

Spending time with my 4 children doing anything, reading, playing.

               
                     

 

What is your hometown?

 

             
 

Fort Worth, TX

               
                     

 

Do you have any pets?

               
 

1 dog, 1 cat - Ginger and Lani

             
                     

 

What is your favorite movie?

             
 

Dead Poet's Sociaty

               
                     

 

What is your favorite book?

             
 

Pride & Prejudice

               
                     

 

Where was your first job?

             
 

Wendy's

             
                     
                     

 

What is your favorite TV show?

             
 

The Good Wife

               
                     

 

What is your dream vacation?

             
 

Jamaican Cruise

               
                     

 

If you won the lottery, what would you do?

           
 

Pay off my mortgage and travel

           
                     

 

Do you have any personal hero's?

             
 

My grandfather

                 
                     

 

What is your most valued possession?

             
 

Time

                 
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