March 2019 Spring is in the Air! Print

President's Report

Dear Woodlands Chapter of the APA:

Welcome Spring!!

Our first chapter meeting set us off in the right direction.  The chapter members were engaging in discussions with the Board of Directors and we received a multitude of feedback that I believe is going to help us Re-Brand, Revamp, and Revitalize our chapter.  I look forward to working with the board and the members to ensure the success of our chapter this year. 


The survey went off without a hitch and I appreciate your feedback.  The most important for me was the topics that you would like to receive RCH credit for and I have some great news!!!  I have lined up 6 speakers and with Ann Banes' help, the chapter is currently in the process of getting the RCH approvals for the following topics:

  • Katherine Long, CPP - Unlocking the Mystery of the W4
  • Stephanie Salavejus, CPP - AI - Benefits within the Payroll Department.
  • Marilyn LaMance, CPP - Escheatments
  • Bruce Phipps, CPP - Disaster Recovery
  • Dee Byrd, CPP PHR SHRM-CP - Regulatory Challenges and Updates
  • Claudia Watson, CPP - Creating a Checklist for Year End

I am excited about these amazing speakers, so please bring a friend, a colleague, or a business partner to the meetings.  We will be having a drawing in December for the chapter member who has helped bring in the most new members for 2019, so don't miss out on a great gift!!

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Welcome New Members

2019 Membership Drive Announcement by John Ganley

Hello Woodlands APA members, as Spring approaches we hope to grow the number of our active members. The board members will be personally emailing prior members and prospective payroll and HR people in the community at large in an effort to grow our membership. We plan to invite as many new payroll and HR industry people as possible to our March 12th meeting at the McKesson office building. If you know of an interested payroll or HR person, please ask them to join us on March 12th at 6:00 pm. This is going to be an exciting year for The Woodlands APA group and I want to thank you in advance for your efforts and involvement.         

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Notes from the Board

Treasurer's Update

In mid-February, I got signed onto the chapter bank account.  I’m still in the process of reviewing everything and working with Heather on a budget.  Plan to do a quarterly update for everyone on where we stand so you can look forward to that next month.  Please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime.

Deb Weishan

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Woodlands Chapter of the APA Website




APA Chapter Members

Regarding: Construction of the APA website.

The Woodlands Chapter of the American Payroll Association website is under construction.  You may not notice any changes at this point.  But be on the lookout for an announcement for the NEW up and coming Website. If all goes well the new design will be in effect on April 1st.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, please pass them along to me, so that I can work on making them for us. After all this is your website and you should be proud of the way it looks.

Warm regards,

Lisa R Mizner, CPP

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Calendar of Events

Next meeting of the Woodlands Chapter of the APA:

               March 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

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Government Update

Its that time of year again! Tax time! One of the tax law changes with the largest impact for taxpayers with children is the child tax credit increase.





Taxpayers with children under age 17 will see a large change in the credit on their 2018 tax returns.

2017 Law

  • The maximum child tax credit per child was $1,000.
  • The maximum refundable child tax credit was $1,000.
  • Child tax credits phased out for married couples with income greater than $110,000 or singles greater than $75,000.

2018 Law

  • The maximum child tax credit per child is $2,000.
  • The maximum refundable credit of $1,400.
  • The credit phases out between $400,000 to $440,000 for married couples and $200,000 to $240,000 for singles.
  • Additional $500 family credit for other dependents over age 17.

Some of the benefits above are offset by the loss of personal exemptions.  However, for most taxpayers, the above changes mean a lot less owed at tax time or increased refunds.

For more information on how tax reform affects taxpayers who claim the child tax credit.

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Community Service


My name is Katherine Long and for now I am the Chairperson of the Charity Committee.  We will be concentrating on one charity per quarter this year instead of a different charity at every meeting.

The Charity for the 1st Quarter is called Warrior’s Heart.  This is an inpatient treatment center that provides private treatment  to adult men and women 18 and older who are seeking treatment for chemical dependency, alcohol abuse or co-occurring psychological disorders relating to PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) or the psychological effects of MTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury).

The Warrior’s Heart Foundation was created separately out of necessity and is a 501(c)3 to assist in the funding of warriors who don’t have insurance or need assistance in the costs of treatment (all levels of care).

This is a foundation that is near and dear to the hearts of many people including members of our own chapter.  They only treat Active Military, Veterans, Firefighters, Police EMTs and active members from across the US that belong to organizations that protect and serve the citizens of the US.  They provide care for the whole person not just the symptoms that are being presented.  They get to the root of the issue that is causing the alcohol or substance abuse and the night terrors to help the clients learn the triggers and the ways to deal with them.

We are asking out members to help support this worthy charity and provide several ways to do so.  You can donate at the chapter meeting on March 12th, you can go to the website, and donate directly from the home page. You can contact them directly by calling 888-396-2759, texting 830-200-0134 or faxing to 830-46-5055 and asking what you can do to help. 

Warriors Heart is Veteran Owned and received the 2016 Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval as well as being fully licensed by the Texas Department of Health Services.

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