Government Relations

One of the core missions of the American Payroll Association (APA) is providing representation for payroll professionals at the federal, state, and local levels. This is done primarily by educating government and community decision-makers about the payroll industry and the best practices associated with paying America's workers.

Led by members with support from APA's government relations division staff, APA's Government Relations Task Force (GRTF) works with legislative and executive branches of government to help payroll professionals with understanding their employers' legal obligations and advocate for more effective laws, regulations, policies, and guidance.

Significant emphasis is placed on minimizing the administrative burden on government, employers, and individual workers, as well as sharing information effectively.

Key Goals

  • Ensuring consistent and equitable standards and requirements for withholding income taxes on employees who travel outside of their state of residence for temporary work periods;
  • Promoting understandable government forms and associated instructions, regulations, guidance documents, policies, and notices;
  • Pushing for uniformity in wage garnishment processes and reasonable requirements for payroll card administration; and
  • Providing opportunities for open discussion and networking among members and with agency staff.

Government Relations Archive

Federal Forms, Publications, and Information

Government Resources

Staff Contacts

American Payroll Association
Government Relations
1601 18th Street, NW - Suite 1
Washington, DC 20009-2505

William Dunn, CPP
Director of Government Relations
P: 202-232-6889
E: [email protected]

Alice P. Jacobsohn, Esq.
Senior Manager of Government Relations
P: 202-248-3901
E: [email protected]


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APA In Action

Through APA's GRTF, payroll professionals are given a voice to educate government about what we do, how we do it, and what we would like to do. Each of the subcommittees are topic-based. When issues do not fall within a subcommittee, they are managed at the task force level.

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Subcommittee Listings

Child Support and Other Garnishments
Participants work to standardize child support and other wage garnishment enforcement notices, improve state electronic reporting and payment systems, and promote efficient wage withholding procedures.

With a focus on immigration-related administrative processes that impact payroll functions, participants review federal forms and related instructions, regulations, guidance, and policy.

IRS Issues
All things IRS that impact payroll and payroll professionals are addressed through this subcommittee, including identity theft and tax fraud prevention, filing information reports such as Forms W-2, employment taxes, Affordable Care Act reporting, and income tax rates and withholding.

Payroll Cards
APA promotes new laws and regulations across the United States that provide employers with reasonable options to offer cost-effective payroll cards to their employees and may engage in court cases where payroll cards are at issue.

Retirement Accounts
APA members are focused on reducing the potential for administrative burden in states that are considering mandating automatic enrollment retirement savings plans through payroll.