Welcome to the West Michigan Chapter of the APA website! 

Lighting the way for Payroll Professionals...

Welcome .... to the site of the West Michigan Chapter of the American Payroll Association. We are dedicated to providing networking and educational opportunities for the payroll professionals of West Michigan. Our members come from all over West Michigan including Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo and Lansing. Feel free to browse our pages, see who we are, what we're doing, and please contact us if you have any questions.


**NEW - US DOL to Offer Free Webinars**

The U.S. Department of Labor will host three webinars in June and July to discuss how the Department is helping workers and employers by reducing regulatory burdens and making it easier to understand and comply with the law. The webinars will also provide an opportunity for workers, employers, and state and local governments to ask questions and discuss how the Department can expand and improve access to its compliance assistance materials.

Manufacturing and Construction

Guest Speaker: Occupational Safety and Health Administration Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT

Register HERE for Manufacturing/Construction! 

Food Service, Hospitality, and Retail

Guest Speaker: Employment and Training Administration Deputy Assistant Secretary Amy Simon

Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT

Register HERE for Food Service/Hospitality/Retail

Health Care and Emergency Responders

Guest Speaker: Employee Benefits Security Administration Acting Assistant Secretary Jeanne Klinefelter Wilson

Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT

Register HERE for Health Care/Emergency Responders


 

COVID-19 Tools and Information for Payroll Professionals

Gov't Agency Links

What you Need to know about Student Loans:https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-student-loans-and-coronavirus-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR1p37AujG8AtmLjtyYqk282ehOVgR53jefR_LBYVf6KKw4bqm_AlOl1lDA

IRS-New Employer Tax Credits: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/new-employer-tax-credits

COVID-19 Paid Leave: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave?fbclid=IwAR0vZDk4hPOJTZkhEVI7-WQvm-4bznJOOmH2gmoib4u0vopneK3lx2_fsfU

Info from the Wage and Hour Division (DOL): https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

Unemployment Changes: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200312-0

Employee Retention Credit: The IRS has information on their website about the Employee Retention Credit that is available for many businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. You can check it out here:  https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-employee-retention-credit-available-for-many-businesses-financially-impacted-by-covid-19

Form 7200-Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID19:  https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs-search?search=form+7200

Instructions for  Form 7200-Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID19: https://www.irs.gov/instructions/i7200

COVID19/Economic Impact Payments: Resources and Guidance: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-economic-impact-payments-resources-and-guidance

Deferral of Employment Tax Deposits/Payments through Dec 31,2020: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/deferral-of-employment-tax-deposits-and-payments-through-december-31-2020

 

 

Additional Links (APA, Legal, etc)

American Payroll Association Dedicated COVID-19 Page: https://www.americanpayroll.org/compliance/compliance-overview/hot-topics/covid-19

COVID-19 Employer FAQ'shttps://www.fisherphillips.com/faqs#L9

Do Your Employees Qualify for Emergency Paid Sick Leave?https://infogram.com/employment-1h8n6mzggvr92xo

The CARES Act; What you Need to Knowhttps://ogletree.com/insights/the-cares-act-what-employers-need-to-know-about-the-historic-stimulus-package/

IRS Adds Note to Form 941 For EE Retention Credit: https://www.americanpayroll.org/news-resources/apa-news/2020/04/06/irs-adds-note-to-form-941-for-employee-retention-credit#.Xo22lhHMucs.linkedin

How the CARES Act Impacts Retirement Accounts, by Advance Capital Management (this is free!!): https://acadviser.wistia.com/medias/xplld7bmvs

 

Payroll Provider FREE Tools for all Payroll Professionals

Guide to the CARES Act, by Ultimate Software : https://webcdn.ultimatesoftware.com/static/pdf/whitepapers/hcmcurrentevents/hcm-current-events-vol-9.pdf

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Help Center, Provided by PayChex: https://www.paychex.com/coronavirus-resources?utm_medium=corp+social%20&utm_source=khoros&utm_campaign=Landing_Page&sf120622307=1

ADP Employer Preparedness Toolkit (Coronavirus Disease; COVID-19): https://explore.adp.com/covid-19-resources-share

Guide to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), by ADP: https://www.adp.com/contact-us/customer-service/paycheck-protection-program.aspx?CID=elq_sales_enablement_ION-Covid-19

 


 

Keep Up to Date on Legislative Changes and also Chapter Events!

Yep, it is 2020 and we are living in the word of instant updates with tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others.  While we try to keep our site up to date, we want you to have information as timely as possible.  If you haven't already, check out our LinkedIn and Facebook pages!  You can follow them and get updates as we make them.  It's also a GREAT place to ask your fellow payroll professionals questions and get input!

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/westmiapa/

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/west-michigan-chapter-of-the-apa/


W-4 2020 Tools and Reference Guides

Still working to get your arms and brain around the new W-4 forms?  The IRS and APA have tools available to help!  Check out the items below:

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/tax-withholding-estimator

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-on-the-2020-form-w-4

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15t.pdf

The APA has also set up a dedicated space on their website to provide information and tools for the W-4 2020 form.

https://www.americanpayroll.org/compliance/compliance-overview/hot-topics/2020-form-w-4

 

Michigan Treasury Online(MTO) Enhancements

Updates went into effect May 8th.  To see them and more, check out the below document:

MTO Communication Release May 8, 2020


Michigan Statewide Payroll Conference - 2020 - Cancelled

In light of the growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Michigan Statewide Payroll Conference, in order to prioritize the health and safety of our attendees, sponsors, venue workers, etc.  We will continue to monitor the situation and, if it is safe to do, so we are hoping to provide a one-day event later this year.  Be sure to follow our Facebook or LinkedIn page for updates.