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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 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
202-232-6889
210-630-4385 (efax)
[email protected]
Twitter.com/dunnwithpayroll
Issues: Child support and garnishments, wage payment methods, electronic nontax payments, employment data privacy

Brian O'Laughlin, Esq.

Senior Manager of Government Relations and Multinational Certification
202-232-6888
210-630-4386 (efax)
[email protected]
Twitter.com/Brian_OLaughlin
Issues: 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

Curtis Tatum, Esq.

Manager of Government Relations
202-601-4349
202-630-4365 (efax)
[email protected]
Issues: Automated Clearing House (ACH) transactions, unemployment insurance, Pennsylvania local taxes, and MyRA.

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Suite 1
1601 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009-2505
Fax: 202-232-6882


GOVERNMENT RELATIONS TASK FORCE

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.

CHILD SUPPORT & OTHER GARNISHMENTS

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.

FEDERAL TAX FORMS & PUBLICATIONS

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.

IMMIGRATION

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).

IRS ISSUES

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.

MyRA

GRTF MyRA Subcommittee
The U.S. Department of the Treasury expects to establish a myRA pilot program by the end of 2014. The Subcommittee is working to recruit members for the pilot project and to assist Treasury as it develops the myRA program. Subcommittee members will have the unique opportunity to inform Treasury of any problems and offer suggestions for improvements that may in turn reduce any unforeseen administrative burdens.

PAYROLL CARDS

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.

SSA WAGE REPORTING

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.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

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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