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President's Notes

President’s Notes

By Sheri Lewis, CPP

Education course offerings to continue to build upon your payroll knowledge and prepare for the Spring Fall is upon us and with that brings many opportunities for learning and growing! Be sure to check our Exam window. We will also offer a Year-End seminar in December, so be sure to watch for information coming soon.

The Dallas Chapter had three individuals recognized at the 2018 Texas Payroll Conference in September. Congratulations are extended to: Verna Bryant, CPP was honored as the Volunteer of the Year; Jackie Carroll, CPP was awarded with the Judith Houghton Memorial Scholarship which provides her with a free registration to the 2019 TPC Conference; and Chester Morgan, CPP was awarded the President’s Choice Award for his contributions with the TPC Board of Directors. We are very proud of our members, so be sure to Congratulate them the next time you see them!

The Dallas Chapter also awarded 3rd place in the Best Decorated Chapter Booth contest. Although there is no official prize, outside of bragging rights, we were thrilled to place in the top three! I would like to extend my thanks to the following individuals who assisted with covering the chapter booth during the exhibit hall hours: Martha Baxter; Verna Bryant, CPP; Trish Camp, CPP; Melissa Cooke, CPP; Jeanne Jackson, CPP; Trisha Lindsay, CPP; Becky Mather, CPP; Teresa Mulkey, CPP; Jennifer Phillips, CPP; Kellie Somero, CPP; Terri Watkins, CPP and Doris Williams. We all had great interaction with the attendees and were approached by two individuals who asked Dallas to help mentor them with building their chapter. The Chapter was able to provide 4 prize giveaways in the Exhibit hall and we thank Whataburger for their gracious donation of two $50 gift cards for us to include with our stock exchange canvas photo and silver music note necklace giveaways. Be sure to make plans to attend the 2019 Texas Payroll Conference in San Antonio for the 30th anniversary conference!

The Board of Directors annual election is around the corner. Serving on the Board is a great opportunity for you to help with the planning and activities offered by the Chapter. If you have wanted to get more involved with the Chapter or want to help make an impact on our Payroll community, consider running for a position on the Board. I would love to have you join us!

Remember, together we can connect, grow and keep our Chapter strong!





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Community Service

Change for A Change” Campaign – Local Outreach

We are winding up our “Change for A Change” partnership with Williams Chicken for 2018. Please bring your loose change to fill our silver buckets.

Money Matters National Education

I want to thank all of those that participated in this year’s Money Matters National Education project. We had a very successful effort in reaching more than 400 students in just 5 schools!

Our extraordinary teachers included:

Kieran O’Conner, CPP

Gina Ray

Pat Karacostas, CPP, SHRM-SCP

Patricia Robinson, FPC, CPP

Aaron Alaniz, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Michelle Pearson, BSBM, CBT, CPP

Thank each of you for your hard work and dedication to the students!!!


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Membership Corner

Membership Updates

Submitted by: Martha Baxter

As we extend into a new season and the 4th Quarter, we understand this can be a stressful time in our payroll profession. We hope that you have some time to step back and relax before this crazy season starts. We have a great line up of speakers to take us into the end of the year and a great year end workshop coming your way. Stay tuned for all the exciting news coming out soon!

Membership Update

Please welcome the following new members:

Deborah Van Nieulande

Diann Salone

Cherish Catterall-McClain

Danielle Parkhouse

Be sure to like us up on Facebook and join our group on LinkedIn!



If you have any questions or you would like to join the Membership Focus Group, please email us at  [email protected]



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Look Who's Speaking!

October   Speaker: Barbara Youngman, CPP Topic: Generational Differences

November       Speaker: Paul Gill, CPP   Topic: 50 Shades of Payroll

December       Speaker: Kathy Phillips, CPP     Topic: Judgement

January              No Meeting

To receive RCH credit for the monthly meetings, you are now required to:

  1. Sign in upon arrival
  2. Complete the electronic survey sent out after the monthly meeting

Surveys will only be available to complete through midnight on the last day of the month in which the meeting was held.




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Eye on Education

Education Update:

Submitted by: Verna Bryant, CPP

The mission of the Education Team is to promote continuing professional training to DAPA membership. To achieve this goal, we enlist experienced and knowledgeable payroll professionals to instruct our classes and encourage student learning.

We have one remaining class in 2018 but look forward to a Fundamentals and Mastering Payroll concepts series  the chapter will be conducting in January-March of 2019. These classes allow members and guests an opportunity to attend classes prior to the Spring testing window which covers 2018 content.

For all of you who have taken or plan to take your exams in the fall, please remember to notify us so we can recognize you at the 2019 Awards meeting.

For additional information regarding location and fees please visit: http://apadallas.com.


Please email comments or questions to [email protected]





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Happenings on the Hill

Government Relations Updates

Submitted by: Kellie Somero, CPP

IRS Postpones Form W-4 Major Changes Until 2020.

The IRS will release a new draft version of the 2019 Form W-4 in the coming weeks, this form is expected to be similar to the 2018 Form W-4. Major changes to Form W-4 have been postponed until 2020. See the IRS website for more information.

IRS Releases Revised Publication 1494.

The revised publication updates several incorrect exemption amounts. Click here to view the updated publication.

IRS Rules on 2017 Moving Expenses Paid in 2018.

The IRS announced that employer reimbursements made in 2018 for employee’s qualified moving expenses incurred before January 1, 2018 can be excluded from employee’s wages, for income and employment tax purposes. Click here for more information.

IRS Updates Tax Deposit Publication for 2019.

Notice 931 has been updated by the IRS with the 2019 tax deposit rules. The lookback period, employer tax liability limits, as well as adjustments are all part of the changes included in the publication. Click here to read the publication.

IRS Issues Guidance on Filing 2018 Forms 1099-MISC with Nonemployee Compensation.

The IRS states that any employers filing Forms 1099-MISC after January 31, 2019 with nonemployee compensation should file them in separate transmission from any Forms 1099-MISC without nonemployee compensation. Otherwise the employer may be subject to penalties. Click here to read more.

IRS Makes Changes to “High-Low” Per Diem Rates Beginning in October 2018.

The IRS has updated the “high-low” per diem rates to be used for lodging, meal and incidental expenses that are paid to an employee on or after October 1, 2018. Click here to read more.


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