Government Relations

The American Payroll Association is your voice in Washington, DC, and in the state capitals. Our registered lobbyists in Washington, as well as members of the Government Relations Task Force, represent the concerns of employers, service providers, and software developers before Congress, federal agencies, and state governments.

Our mission is to communicate the concerns of the payroll community to legislative and executive branches of government and to find ways for employers to meet their requirements under law and support government objectives, while minimizing administrative burden and cost for employers, government, and individual taxpayers.

The federal agencies with which APA has excellent relations include:
- Internal Revenue Service
- Social Security Administration
- Office of Child Support Enforcement
- Department of Labor
- Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Federal Reserve Bank
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Federal Trade Commission
- Office of Foreign Assets Control

APA's Government Relations staff has received SSA's Public Service Award for its ongoing dedication to improving the quality of employer wage and tax reporting and the IRS's Excellence in Partnering Award for our collaboration on clarifying employers' responsibilities and helping IRS educate employers. At IRS, we are a founding member of the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee, and we also have representation on the IRS Advisory Council and the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee.

Member input is vital to this process. Through your email, and even more importantly through your volunteer involvement, we're listening to your interests and priorities.

Current Government Relations Lobbying Efforts

APA Remains Staunch Supporter of Mobile Workforce Bill

In an ongoing effort to increase sponsorship for the Mobile Workforce State Tax Simplification Act, APA with our coalition partners has been meeting with staff of U.S. Representatives and Senators. APA Senior Manager of Government Relations Alice Jacobsohn is pictured here (far right) with Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen (2nd from right) who entered his office while we were waiting to speak with his staff on May 24. Also pictured are Phillip Black, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (far left), and Liz Malm, Mobile Workforce Coalition (2nd from left).

APA sent a letter in December 2015 to Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of U.S. House Judiciary Committee, regarding the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2015 (H.R. 2315). APA urged Chairman Goodlatte "to release the House Judiciary Committee report for the bill and include the chairman's request to put the bill on the House suspension calendar."

Read the letter here.

In June 2015, APA submitted comments to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law for a hearing on HR 2315, the Mobile Workforce State Tax Simplification Act of 2015.

Read the comments here.

APA Urges Action on The Commuter Parity Act

In November and December 2015, APA sent letters to members of Congress and the Senate regarding parity in commuter benefits. The first letter, sent to Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), suggested that commuter benefits for parking and transit could be fixed through the highway funding bill. The second letter was sent to Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, and House and Senate leadership, over the Commuter Benefit Parity Act of 2015 (H.R. 990).

Read the Sen.Schumer letter here.

Read the Rep. Brady letter here.

In November 2014, 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.

Archived Government Relations Lobbying Efforts

Federal Forms, Publications, and Annually Announced Values

Government Contact Information

APA's Government Relations Staff

William Dunn, CPP

Director of Government Relations
210-630-4385 (e-fax)
[email protected]
Issues: Child support and garnishments, wage payment methods, electronic nontax payments, employment data privacy

Alice P. Jacobsohn, Esq.

Senior Manager of of Government Relations
[email protected]

Curtis Tatum, Esq.

Senior Manager of Payroll Information Resources
210-630-4365 (e-fax)
[email protected]
Issues: Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions; unemployment insurance; Pennsylvania local taxes; MyRA; Federal, state, and local taxes; wage reporting to the Social Security Administration; federal tax forms and publications; electronic tax payments; work eligibility and employment verification.

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Compliance TV - February


Members of the Government Relations Task Force interact with federal and state legislatures and government agencies that regulate payroll matters with the goal of influencing legislation and regulatory activity to benefit APA's membership. GRTF subcommittees actively work to achieve this goal as it pertains to their specific subject matter area.


GRTF Child Support and Other Garnishments Subcommittee
The Child Support and Other Garnishments Subcommittee works closely with the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement to promote the standardization of child support enforcement notices, electronic payment systems, and withholding policies/procedures throughout the U.S.


GRTF Federal Tax Forms and Publications Subcommittee
Forms and publications from the IRS and the SSA constitute important communication between the federal government and employers. Both agencies are always looking for ways to improve the functionality and implementation of their forms. The GRTF Federal Tax Forms and Publications Subcommittee researches, reviews, and provides valuable input on these forms for submission to the IRS and SSA.


GRTF Immigration Subcommittee
Employment is the immigration magnet, and payroll professionals play a big role in ensuring that only eligible individuals are working in the U.S. This subcommittee examines the requirements, forms, and programs of two agencies under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


GRTF IRS Issues Subcommittee
The IRS Issues subcommittee tackles the tough IRS issues facing employers. Whether it is new reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act, changes to income tax rates and withholding calculations due to Federal legislation, or the challenges a payroll department may face with a Real Time Tax System, this subcommittee will study these types of issues and offer meaningful comments to the IRS on behalf of APA members and the payroll profession.


GRTF Payroll Card Subcommittee
Payroll cards are one of the hottest payroll administration topics and trends for employers and payroll professionals. Learn more about APA's new GRTF Payroll Card Subcommittee and the lobbying efforts that this group will embark on to promote new laws and/or regulations that provide employers the option to deploy cost-effective payroll card programs to their workforce throughout the United States.


GRTF Pennsylvania Local Taxes Subcommittee
The Subcommittee works to address the unintended impacts of Pennsylvania Act 32, which overhauled the state's local tax collection process. A number of issues remain to be resolved by the tax collectors, including inconsistent reporting requirements. The subcommittee will work directly with individual tax collectors and also with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to resolve these issues and bring greater uniformity to reporting requirements.


GRTF Retirement Accounts Subcommittee
This subcommittee addresses payroll impacts on mandated retirement plans. APA members are focused on reducing the potential for administrative burden in states and local areas that are now considering mandating employer involvement in retirement savings plans.


GRTF SSA Wage Reporting Redesign Subcommittee
The Social Security Administration is planning to redesign its wage reporting process over the next few years. The SSA sees this process as the perfect opportunity to solicit employer input regarding the types of services payroll professionals would like to see implemented and the types of communications we receive. The subcommittee also researches, reviews, and makes recommendations on SSA processes, proposals and regulations that affect the payroll industry.


GRTF Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee
State unemployment trust funds are facing unparalleled challenges to continue to provide benefits to unemployed workers. These challenges impact employers through higher costs, and any changes to address the problem of the trust funds are expected to have further consequences on employers. This subcommittee has been formed to explore the challenges facing the unemployment system in order to provide an employer perspective to federal and state legislators and regulators.

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