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Compliance – Hot Topics

Find out what compliance topics payroll professionals are focusing
on this year.


Compliance TV

In this edition:

  • Biden administration signals potentially big impacts on payroll
  • IRS releases 2021 Forms W-2 and W-3 and General Instructions
  • IRS updates COVID-19 FAQs regarding tax relief under FFCRA

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Payroll Practice Essentials

Acquire the payroll knowledge, skills, and abilities required to ensure payroll compliance. This course teaches fundamental pay calculations through hands-on exercises, then moves on to more complex concepts and calculations.

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Payroll 201: Payroll Administration Certificate Program

Payroll 201: Payroll Administration Certificate Program

Get intensive training on complex payroll functions and regulations. Explore issues such as how the payroll function impacts other departments, as well as more complicated legal issues like benefits taxation and third-party sick pay reporting.

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Strategic Leadership Certificate Program

Gain insights, skills, and strategies to uncover the powerful leader within. This unique program focuses on many qualities of effective leaders including awareness of self and others, effective communication, and relationship building.

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APA’s Guide to State Payroll Laws

APA's Guide to State Payroll Laws contains information on the payroll-related laws and regulations in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The online version is updated throughout the year. Get it standalone or as part of Payroll Source Plus.

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