American Payroll Association

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American Payroll Association
Formation 1982 (1982)
Type Professional Association
Headquarters San Antonio
Executive Dir.
Dan Maddux

The American Payroll Association (APA) is a professional association for individuals responsible for processing company payrolls. The Association conducts payroll training courses and seminars yearly and publishes a library of payroll resource texts and newsletters. The APA has approximately 21,000 members, 166 APA-affiliated local chapters, and registered lobbyists based in Washington, D.C.

The APA was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas with additional offices in New York, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. In addition, the APA owns and operates two learning centers, the San Antonio Learning Center and MEET Las Vegas. Both Learning Centers offer payroll training utilizing the latest technology and computer networking capabilities.[1]


The biggest of APA’s educational offerings is its annual Congress. The event has more than 100 payroll and AP related workshops, guest speakers including government officials and industry experts, and a payroll and AP exhibit hall.[2] The Association also publishes a complete library of resource texts and newsletters for payroll.[3]

They offer comprehensive education for payroll professionals, including a full slate of training courses and conferences from Payroll 101 to Advance and/or Strategic Payroll. Training is available in a variety of formats including live classroom training, eLearning, virtual classrooms, webinars and webinars on demand.

They also offer a comprehensive library of compliance resources, which is produced by the Association's experienced team of payroll and employment law experts. Publications are issued in many media, including printed text, e-book, magazine, e-magazine, newsletter, e-newsletter, and CD.

Government relations[edit]

The APA participates in lobbying activities in Washington, D.C., and sponsors multiple member-lead committees called “Government Affairs Task Force” committees. The committees cover areas such as the following: Child Support & Other Garnishments, Federal Tax Forms & Publications, Immigration, Payroll Cards, SSA Wage Reporting, and Unemployment Insurance. The purpose of these committees is to communicate the concerns of the payroll community to legislative and executive branches of government and to find ways for employers to meet their requirements under law and support government objectives, while minimizing administrative burden and cost for employers, government, and individual taxpayers.

The major federal agencies with which APA has relationships include:

In May 2008, IRS Commissioner Douglas H Shulman delivered an address to the attendees of the APA's 2008 Congress highlighting the importance of the relationship between the IRS and APA, stating, “APA has a long history of providing valuable advice and feedback to the IRS as we have implemented a number of important tax laws that have played a prominent role in the economic development of our nation.”[4]

Further example of the APA’s involvement with various government bodies is the APA's contributions to publications such as the IRS/SSA Reporter.[5] Additionally, APA's Government Relations staff has received SSA's Public Service Award for its ongoing dedication to improving the quality of employer wage and tax reporting and the IRS's Excellence in Partnering Award for its collaboration on clarifying employers' responsibilities and helping IRS educate employers. At IRS, the APA is a founding member of the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee and also has had representation on the IRS Advisory Council and the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee.

Professional certification[edit]

Payroll certification verifies a specified level of knowledge, skills and abilities in the payroll profession. APA offers two levels of professional certification—the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP).[6]

National Payroll Week[edit]

Every year the American Payroll Association hosts National Payroll Week, a national celebration and public awareness campaign. National Payroll Week (or NPW) is held annually during week of Labor Day, and celebrates the hard work by America's 156 million wage earners and the payroll professionals who pay them. Together, through the payroll withholding system, they contribute, collect, report and deposit approximately $1.7 trillion (71.8%) of the annual revenue of the US Treasury.[7]

American Accounts Payable Association[edit]

In 2008, the APA launched a sister association, the American Accounts Payable Association (AAPA). AAPA provides training, publications, and other resources to help AP professionals implement strategies and best practices, while maintaining compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.[8]


  1. ^ "About American Payroll Association". American Payroll Association. Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. "
  2. ^ "APA Congress Web page". American Payroll Association. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  3. ^ "About American Payroll Association publications page". American Payroll Association. Archived from the original on 22 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Prepared Remarks of IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman Before the American Payroll Association and the American Accounts Payable Association". Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "IRS/SSA Reporter". Publication 1693 (Rev. 12-2011) Catalog Number 15060W. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Payroll Certification Web page". American Payroll Association. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  7. ^ "National Payroll Week homepage". American Payroll Association. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  8. ^ "American Accounts Payable Association homepage". American Accounts Payable Association. Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 

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