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.