November Newsletter Print

President's Notes

As the year winds up and our schedules at work begin to fill up as we prepare for year-end, don’t forget to stay informed on the year-end updates sent out to us from APA. If you are not a member of APA, this is a great time to consider membership in order to stay up to date on legislative changes. As a chapter, we do our best to keep you informed as well through updates made on our Government & Legislative page. The chapter is also putting together a Year-End seminar in December, to provide you with the latest updates. As we finish up the details, we will send out communication related to this seminar.

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!

A membership survey was recently sent out, I hope you will take a few minutes to complete this survey to provide us with your input on how to improve and meet your needs.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! If you will be traveling to spend time with family, then I wish you safe travels. If you are staying home to cook, then I wish you to have plenty of helping hands. In either scenario, enjoy the time away from the office and reflect on those things which you are most thankful for!

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Community Service

November we will collect change for our “Change for A Change” partnership with Williams Chicken. Williams Chicken has been instrumental in making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate through their Change-For-A-Change campaign. A long-time supporter of our chapter, Williams Chicken, now needs our help by donating that annoying change that gathers in the bottom of your purse and pants pockets. Lighten that load by adding your loose change to our silver buckets at our November meeting and help someone less fortunate.



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Membership Corner

We had 8 new members join the DAPA family this month. We currently have 277 members and continue to grow each month. 2018 is quickly coming to an end and we are busy planning great educational opportunities for our 2019 offerings.

Membership Update

Please welcome the following new members:

Toni Suter                  Payroll Director                   Parallon

Enyneh Tete-Saiw     Payroll Specialist                DART

Jennifer Wells            Payroll Director                   Brink’s U.S.

Joyce Anderson         Director Payroll & Tax          Accent Care Inc.

Caitlin Kite                 Human Resources Analyst   Town of Addison

Dainis Krokops          Payroll Manager                  RAS Services Inc.

Jacqueline Ventura    Payroll Specialist                GPA Holding, Inc.

Rosalind Kirk             Payroll Administer               GenOn


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!

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

December   Speaker: Carolyn Huse, 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

The Education Team wishes to thank all volunteer Instructors, Admins and Students who participated in the 2018 class sessions.

Congratulations to the candidates who were successful in attaining their payroll Certification:

CPP                                                             FPC

Koby Tete                                                    Susan Odom

Christina Chambers                                    Ashley Jourden

Samina Quraishi                                         Dolores Hunter

Kathryn Keys                                              Joshua Williams

Diane Griffin                                                Amy Rider

Angel Austin                                                Aratia Puppala

Debra Yokum                                              Hailey Jeter

Tangie Bowie                                              Claudine Arias

Linda Olguin                                                Alana Mary Cohen

Rose Brooks

Georgia Boulie

Any member who took the exam and is not listed above, please notify us, so we can recognize you at the 2019 Awards meeting.

Ask A Payroll Professional program is ongoing. Please email questions to: [email protected]

A special thank you to the Board and the Membership. We appreciate you and look forward to the upcoming 2019 season.

Please email comments or questions to  [email protected]



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Happenings on the Hill

Social Security Wage Base Increases for 2019. The SSA announced that the 2019 social security wage base will be $132,900 for 2019. This is an increase of $4,500 from the $128,400 limit in 2018. Click here to see the SSA 2019 Fact Sheet.

2019 Form W-4 Draft Has Few Changes from 2018 Form. The IRS released an updated draft of the 2019 Form W-4, and this updated draft is very similar to the 2018 Form W-4. Click here to see the draft version. In September the IRS announced that major changes to Form W-4 have been postponed until 2020.

New DOL Websites Offer Assistance to Employers and Workers. The Department of Labor has created the Office of Compliance Initiatives to assist employers and workers in gaining access to compliance resources for federal labor laws and regulations. The two new websites are and, click on each to check them out.

IRS Issues 2018 Form 944 and Instructions. The filing addresses for some paper Form 944 filers has changed. Click here to view the 2018 Form 944


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Networking Events

What a great TPC we had this year. Congrats to Dallas members Jackie Carroll, CPP who won the Judith Houghton scholarship, Chester Morgan, CPP was awarded President’s Choice Award and Verna Bryant, CPP for being named Premier Volunteer. Other congratulations to all those who helped with the Dallas Chapter booth; your hard work earned us 3rd place for Best Decorated Chapter Booth.


It is time to start thinking about the 2019 Texas Payroll Conference next year. It will be held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio; September 11 – 14, 2019. As this will be the 30th anniversary of TPC there are tons of great events so be sure you make plans to attend. Here’s a hint: S’mores, Pearls, and tons of fun. More information to come soon.



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