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President's Report

Can you believe the year is coming to a close? 2018 seems to have disappeared in a blur, but then again I’ve heard “time flies when you’re having fun.” It has been my honor to serve as WMAC’s President these past 12 months. We have an amazing group of payroll professionals in our network, and it has been amazing seeing your accomplishments this year.

Our final Community Outreach event took place on Saturday, December 15th. We visited the Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Herndon for the annual Wreaths Across America event. This event is dear to our hearts at WMAC, and we are excited to have participated again.

We have great events lined up to kick off the new year, starting with the Winter Study Group starting on January 19th. The study group is a great way to prepare for the Spring CPP or FPC testing window.  The winter session is three full days of classes – January 19th, February 9th, and March 2nd. For those of you looking to recertify you can earn 18 RCHs!

Wishing you happy holidays and a joyous new year!

Abbey Moran, CPP

 

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Nominations and Elections

Please welcome the 2019 WMAC Executive Board!

President – Abbey Moran, CPP
President-Elect – Julia Lopez Divack, CPP
Secretary – Cristen Yothers, CPP
Treasurer – Karen Ballard, CPP

The WMAC has a great board that works year round for you.

Interested in joining us? We have the following open Chair positions: Government Liaison; Social Media; and National Promotions.  If you aren’t sure you can commit to a full year or prefer to help behind the scenes we always appreciate members helping at chapter meetings, with membership drives, posting on social media, etc. Please reach out to any board member for more information on any of these volunteer opportunities.

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Payroll Professional of the Year

Congratulations to the the 2018 WMAC Payroll Professional of the Year, Lura Woodley!  

Thank you, Lura, for your exceptional contributions to the WMAC and to the payroll profession.

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Maureen (Reed) Brown Education Grant

Congratulations to the 2018 Maureen (Reed) Brown Education Grant recipient, Jorge L. Rodriguez Vasquez!  We hope you are able to use this grant to further your payroll education.  

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Our Sponsors

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Volunteer Update

The WMAC Board would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to the many chapter members who assisted throughout the year. We appreciate the time and effort you gave this year and look forward to working with you again in 2019!

2018 Volunteers

Chapter Meeting Help Volunteers
  • Glenna Bennett
  • Paulette Augustus
  • Becky Skidds
Education Volunteers
  • Barri Fullerton
  • Deana McMillan
  • Glenna Bennett
  • Handan Radosh
  • Cristen Yothers
Community Outreach Volunteers
Central Union Mission 3/17/18
  • Lori Brown
  • Linda Dailey
  • Danielle Feathers
  • Stephanie Lowe
Capital Food Bank Community Market 6/9/18
  • Paulette Augustus
  • Susan Casale
  • Carol Jones
  • Dwayne Martin
  • Cindee Lou Miller
  • Paola Sequeira
  • Emely Swarthout
Children’s Hospital Playdate 8/18/18
  • Julia Lopez Divack
  • Abbey Moran
  • Emely Swarthout

 

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Calendar of Events

Winter Cram for the Exam

WHEN:
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - Cram 1
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - Cram 2
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - Cram 3

This class will help you prepare for the Spring 2019 Certification Exam. This class covers the laws that were in place as of January 1, 2018.

RCHs: 18 RCHs total for 3 Cram Sessions.

Location:  Fairfax County Government Center

Visit the Cram for the Exam page for more information.

February Chapter Meeting

Meeting Location:  Wells Fargo - USI

Sponsor: USI

Topic: ACA - Employer Reporting to IRS Enforcement

Even though ACA Reporting has been around for several years, there are still people with questions on the reporting and the forms. The new piece that is now being dealt with is the enforcement. In this workshop, you will not only have a refresher on the reporting and forms, but learn how to handle and what need to be done with the enforcement.

Speaker: Michael Schenk, Senior Benefits Compliance Consultant, USI Insurance

Register Here

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Education

As we say goodbye to CY 2018, the Education Committee would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all our presenters and volunteers who helped with the Cram for Exam Winter and Summer Study Group.  

We would also like to Congratulate all our NEW FPCs, CPPs and this year’s Education Grant Recipient – Jorge L. Rodriguez Vasquez on their achievement.

On the Horizon for CY 2019 – We are pleased to offer the Cram for the Exam Winter

WHEN:  
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - Cram 1
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - Cram 2
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - Cram 3

This class will help you prepare for the Spring 2019 Certification Exam.  This class covers the laws that were in place as of January 1, 2018

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Community Outreach

2018 Wrap Up

Thank you to all who donated this year to support our annual charity - Children's National Medical Center.  We also greatly appreciate those who volunteered their time to join us at our Outreach events this year.  Thank you for coming together to support the WMAC in the community!

The WMAC was honored to participate in this year's Wreath's Across America event.  This is a very special way to honor our fallen soldiers.  We chose a new location this year, Chestnut Grove Cemetery, due to the crowds at Arlington National Cemetery.   We hope you can join us next year for this event.

2019 Outreach

We are happy to announce that we will be supporting Mobile Hope of Loudon.  

Mobile Hope improves the lives of young people, 24 years of age or younger, who are who are precariously housed or homeless in Loudoun County. We create pathways for this fragile, overlooked, and often unacknowledged population to have access to housing solutions, daily essentials and life-changing support.

In addition to this, we will continue hosting outreach events throughout our community.  Please keep an eye out for event reminders.  We are proud to be able to continue making a difference in our community.

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Chapter Sponsorship

Each year our vendors have come through to support the WMAC.  This year was no exception.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 2018 Sponsors:

rapid!Paycard - February Chapter Meeting
Nilson Music Company - March Express Chapter Meeting
Robert Half - April Chapter Meeting
Ultimate Software - June Chapter Meeting
USI - July Express Chapter Meeting
HireStrategy - August and September Chapter Meetings

Equifax - December Chapter Meeting

Thanks to the support we receive from these companies, we were able to keep our rates the same for 2018 and stay affordable for education.  If any of these supporters can be of assistance to you and your payroll process, please be sure to reach out to them.  They believe in our profession and continue to support it each year.

For 2019, we already have our first supporter for our February Chapter Meeting.  USI will not only be supporting the event - they are providing the speaker and their office space for us to meet in DC.  That's right, we are returning to DC for February 14, 2019.  Registration is OPEN and you don't want to miss it.  USI is bringing in an expert on the Affordable Care Act.  Many people have been asking how it is done but now we are getting questions on what do we do if we receive an IRS notice.  Well get your questions answered in February.  Sign up TODAY and show USI that we want more meetings in DC for our payroll professionals who aren't able to join us in Virginia.

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Government Liaison Report

2019 Form W-4 Released

A final, updated version of Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, was released Dec. 11. The final version of the form, for use in tax year 2019, is similar to the 2018 version of the form now in use and retains the use of withholding allowances.

2019 Withholding Tables Released

The 2019 percentage method federal income tax withholding tables were issued Dec. 11 in Notice 1036. A withholding allowance is worth $4,200 in 2019, up from $4,150 in 2018.

Federal Unemployment Tax Act

California is not a FUTA credit-reduction state for 2018. Employers the U.S. Virgin Islands are assessed a credit reduction of 2.4 percent. The 2018 Form 940, Employer's Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return, and the form's Schedule A, Multi-State Employer and Credit Reduction Information, were released Nov. 21.

Revenue Procedure 2018-57

Qualified transportation fringe benefits: $265

Foreign earned-income exclusion: $105,900

Adoption benefit: $14,080

Standard deduction: $12,200 for single filers, $24,400 for married and filing jointly

Health flexible spending accounts: $2,700

Standard Mileage Rates

Business use: 58 cents per mile

Medical or moving purposes: 20 cents per mile

Charitable purposes: 14 cents per mile

2019 Tax Calendar

The 2019 Publication 509, Tax Calendars, was released Nov. 21.

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Treasurer Report

Our bank balance as of 12/10/18 is $15,119.66.

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