APA Detroit Chapter

Payroll Professionals Helping Payroll Professionals

The APA  Detroit Chapter is affiliated with the American Payroll Association, but is an autonomous and independent organization.

The Chapter is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to providing educational, communication, and networking opportunities for payroll professionals.

February Chapter Meeting

Details for our next Chapter meeting have been announced.  The meeting will be held February 19 at Meriwether's in Southfield.  The registration deadline is 2/13/15.  Check out the Chapter Meeting Schedule page for complete details and a link to online registration.

Legislative News
The U.S. House (12/03/2014) and Senate (12/16/2014) passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which retroactively extends many expiring tax provisions.  Among these is a retroactive increase in the tax-free qualified public transportation and vanpool fringe benefit from $130 per month to $250 per month for all of 2014.

The bill was sent to President Obama and the White House has indicated he plans to sign the legislation into law.

The legislation extends the tax-free provision only through 2014; it will expire again at the end of the year.

The Internal Revenue Service has not yet issued guidance regarding how employers should treat these transportation benefits for 2014 Form W-2 wage reporting.

Updated! “Know the Numbers 2015”
Chapter members may visit the “Resources_for_Members” page for an updated version of  “2015 Know the Numbers.” Thanks again to Howard Goldman, CPP for providing this valuable information.

2015 CPP Exam Preparation Class
Our 2015 CPP Exam Preparation Class, presented in conjunction with Schoolcraft College in Livonia, will be held Wednesday evenings between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm, beginning May 6th and running through August 19th.  The class format is a lecture on a different payroll topic each week, plus two mini-exams to test your knowledge and preparedness.  For individuals currently certified as a CPP or FPC, the class is expected to be approved for up to 41 recertification credit hours (depending on your attendance).

Cost of the class is not yet determined but is expected to be about $235.  Participants will need the 2015 edition of The Payroll Source book, available from the American Payroll Association at www.americanpayroll.org/store.  Class registration will open in April 2015 – please check the APA Detroit Chapter website at that time for registration details.

Statewide Conference
Mark your calendar: this year's conference is scheduled for October 22-23 at the Firekeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek.

Seeking a new position?
If you or someone you know is seeking a new payroll opportunity check out our Job Opportunities page often. The most recent opening was posted January 17, 2015 and new ones can come in at any time.

June Meeting Presentation
A copy of Gino Petrozzi’s June meeting presentation is available on the “Chapter Bulletin Board.”

2014 Statewide Conference Photos
Watch this space for a link to photos from our 25th Annual Statewide Conference.

LinkedIn Group
Our Chapter has established a group on LinkedIn.  This group is intended for disseminating news and promoting discussions regarding subjects of interest to Detroit Chapter members and prospective members.   We encourage you to join this group.  Chapter Membership is also encouraged, of course, but not required.  Look for “Detroit Chapter American Payroll Association” on LinkedIn, or simply click on this link to learn more

The Detroit Chapter has been Serving Payroll Professionals in Detroit and Southeastern Michigan since 1985.

This website developed and maintained by Roger A. Smith, CPP


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Enjoy the benefits of membership.  Visit our Chapter Membership page for the details.

Our March 2014 meeting featured "Short/Long-term Disability”  - presented by Jennifer Young, Sr. Account Mgr., J.S. Clark.

Renae Ruhle presented "Secrets your employees aren't telling you - How You Can Improve Morale and Retention" at our February 2014 meeting in Novi.

Our April 2014 meeting focused on "Gender Differences.  The differences between how women and men communicate" presented by Diane Young, President, The Athena Financial Group

Evelyn Adams from the MiWAM Support Group presented "MiWAN for Employers" at our July 2014 meeting.

Chapter President Mary Surko, CPP, introduced our guest speaker, Gino Petrozzi, Mgr, National Tax-Employment Tax Advisory Services, Ernst & Young, LLP at the September 2014 Chapter meeting.

Silver Anniversary Statewide.  Thanks to chairperson Susan Sather, CPP, and the entire Statewide Committee for another outstanding conference. With over 170 attendees, 20 speakers, and17 sponsors, it was an exciting, informative, and fun educational and networking event!  APA Executive Director Dan Maddux opened the conference congratulating the Michigan Chapters on our 25th Annual Statewide Conference.

Chapter Treasurer and Director of Payroll at Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Howard I. Goldman, CPP, provided special year-end guidance for attendees at our November, 2014 meeting.  Also at the meeting, Chapter President, Mary Surko, CPP recognized Kari Rosol, CPP for achieving certification in 2014.