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President's Report

It’s an exciting time to be a member of the WMAC! As the APA’s 36th Annual Congress approaches, we are in final preparations to greet more than 2,000 payroll professionals from around the globe. WMAC has the honor of sharing the hospitality booth with the Charles Town, WV and Charm City, MD chapters. We can’t wait to meet new friends and welcome familiar faces to our home turf! Whether you are able to attend Congress, or just want to check out the show, we have plenty of opportunities for our members to be involved throughout the week. You can find more details in this newsletter, or you can take a peek at our special Congress page on our website at http://wmac-apa.org/WMAC_at_Congress_2018.

Although most of May is jam-packed with Congress activity, we are full steam ahead for a summer busy with chapter events! Our next Community Outreach event is Saturday, June 9th at the Capital Area Food Bank Community Market in Reston, VA. You would be surprised at what an impact just a few hours volunteering can have! The next Chapter meeting follows on Wednesday, June 20th where we will discuss Tax Reform and the impact facing the payroll community with Michael Baer from Bloomberg BNA. This will be a breakfast meeting, so you can be back to the office before lunch.

Lastly, I would like to take a moment to recognize some recent changes to the WMAC Board. Most of you know Lori Brown, Linda Dailey, and Daniel Dycus as chapter leaders. Throughout the years they have served the WMAC in a variety of ways, from planning chapter events to teaching study groups. They have been a large portion of WMAC’s heart and soul for a very long time. Unfortunately, Lori, Linda, and Dan must step back from the WMAC Board. We wish them the best of luck with their future adventures and hope they will still visit us from time to time! You will be greatly missed.

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Community Outreach

Join us on Saturday June 9 from 8:30am to 12pm for our community outreach event.  WMAC will be volunteering for the Capital Area Food Bank at the community market in Reston. We will be to handing out fresh fruit and vegetables to low-income families and senior citizens.

Come and help us support this Northern Virginia community.

Register here

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APA National

Getting Ready for Congress

WMAC is teaming up with the Charles Town WV and Charm City local chapters to host the hospitality booth during the conference. This is our opportunity to welcome the 2,000+ payroll professionals from across the county to our home turf. We will have information on local attractions and some fun prizes to give away.

The booth will be open Tuesday, May 15th – Friday, May 18th. If you are attending Congress, we hope you will volunteer to help out or at least drop by to say hi! If you are interested in volunteering during any of these times, please complete the doodle form (Online Registration for Times).  Please put your first and last name on the online form.

To see available times & to volunteer: https://doodle.com/poll/e4g2xt6ekxibuwzs

We will also host a “Monuments by Moonlight” tour as the conference closes Friday May 18th. Experience the beauty and awe of our country's most stirring monuments in a whole new way... by moonlight. On the Monuments by Moonlight Tour you'll be transported to many of the city's most famous sights while enjoying the tranquil night and evening breeze. Tickets are $35 per person and is open to everyone, so bring a friend! You can join the tour by registering on our website at http://wmac-apa.org/content.php?page=Congress_Monument_by_Moonlight

APA Virtual Congress

May 23, 2018 - August 25, 2018

This is FREE for all APA members.  You will have the opportunity to earn up to 15 RCH credits.  Don't miss out on this event!

Registration Link

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Volunteer Update

Help Wanted

WMAC currently has several openings to join committees – where can YOU lend a hand?

Social Media runs the WMAC pages on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. This is a great opportunity for volunteers that want to stay “behind the scenes” or need to be flexible with their involvement. Social Media updates can be done on any day, at any time. We even have a platform that can schedule Social Media posts for future times!

Education is looking for CPPs to help with the Summer Study Group. We have the materials & presentations to work from and can partner you with a mentor until you feel comfortable teaching on your own. The study group begins on July 14th and runs for 5 sessions. Different chapters are covered each class, so you would only need to be at the one class for your topic, probably for about 2 hours. Study group instructors receive FREE RCHs!!!!!

National Promotions is about to begin the 2018 National Payroll Week planning. Now is the perfect time to get involved to celebrate the greatest week in payroll! We have tasks available for all personalities & availability. Are you creative? Help us plan the NPW party! Need flexibility in the times when you can help? Join the proclamation request team – you send out emails any time you want, so long as your messages are completed by a certain date, but you will have at least 2 weeks lead time.

Sign up for more information here: https://doodle.com/poll/cqmyxggk3kgcb483

 

 

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Education

Join us for the Fall CPP/FPC Study Group!

The Fall 2018 CPP/FPC Study Group will be based on the laws as of January 1, 2018.

Cost $450, Does NOT include required text.

Required Text: 2018 Payroll Source

Schedule:
Saturday, July 14, 2018 (9:00-1:00) - Class 1
Saturday, July 28, 2018 (9:00-1:00) - Class 2
Saturday, August 4, 2018 (9:00-1:00) - Class 3
Saturday, August 18, 2018 (9:00-1:00) - Class 4
Saturday, August 25, 2018 (8:00-4:00) - A Day of Calculations (Lunch Included)
Saturday, September 8, 2018 (9:00-1:00) - Class 5
Saturday, September 15, 2018 (8:00-4:00) - Cram For The Exam (Lunch Included)

Location:
Study Group Classes 1 - 5
Courtyard Marriott Tysons Corner 
1960-A Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22102

A Day of Calculations and Cram for the Exam
Fairfax County Government Building
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Conference Room 4/5

Click here for course schedule.

RCH:  3.5 per session (RCH will be issued separately for 8/25 & 9/15 classes)

For more information on the class, Visit the CPP/FPC Study Group page

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Chapter Meetings

Date and Time:  June 20, 2018 from 8:00am to 11:30am

Meeting Location: Waterford Fair Oaks

Meeting Registration: 8:00 AM

Sponsor: Ultimate Software

RCHs: 1.5

Topic: Tax Reform

The tax code overhaul has brought many changes for payroll professionals in 2018. A big change involved adjustments to federal income tax brackets and Form W-4 withholding rules. The law also changed some benefits that involve payroll. Many questions have been answered, but many remain. Some states with income taxes have made changes to account for the new federal law as well. And while withholding methods did not tangibly change for 2018 during the one-year transition period allowed under the law, we can expect the 2019 withholding methods to be much different.   

Educational Objectives:

  • Review federal tax changes and the existing guidance for 2018
  • Discuss what benefits that impact payroll have changed, and what benefits haven’t changed
  • Provide an outline of what IRS may do the second half of 2019 on the tax code overhaul

 

Speaker: Mike Baer

Michael Baer, the managing editor of Payroll Library, Payroll Decision Support Network and International Payroll Decision Support Network, has been with Bloomberg Tax, previously BNA, since 1990 and has spent his entire time there covering payroll and HR issues.  In 1998, he received recognition as a Special Friend to the payroll community from the American Payroll Association.

Prior to joining Bloomberg Tax, Michael gained experience in payroll and human resources with Marriott, and later was the personnel manager for the Shanghai Hilton.

He lives with his wife and children in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Government Liaison Report

IRS Releases Updated Form 1494

The IRS has updated the tables for figuring the amount exempt from levy.  The updates are effective immediately.  A determination will be made as to how employers should handle deductions from 1/1/18 to present.

Link to table.

IRS Paycheck Checkup

The IRS continues to encourage taxpayers to conduct a paycheck checkup.  Use the link below for more information and videos.

Paycheck Checkup

 

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Treasurer Report

The bank balance as of 4/30 is $18,782.49. 

 

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