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Payroll After the Election: What Lies Ahead for Employers

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Speaker(s): Jerri Langer, COKALA Tax Information Reporting Solutions, LLC ; Bruce Phipps, CPP, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network; Michael Baer, CPP, Bloomberg BNA; Heather Rothman, Bloomberg BNA
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The winners of the 2012 elections and the "lame ducks" in Congress who continue in office until 2013 will decide how to address the expiring income tax and Social Security tax cuts and the sunset of several payroll-related benefits. Will there be an extension? Will it be for a portion of the year? Should we expect other administrative burdens?

In addition, regardless of whether or not there is a new administration in Washington, D.C., court challenges could hinder implementation of the Affordable Care Act, even though the Supreme Court upheld the law as fundamentally constitutional earlier this year.

Join our panel of payroll experts as they discuss the potential scenarios that could play out in Congress before the end of the year. Learn what some payroll professionals are doing in their organizations to prepare for the possible outcomes.  

Our panelists for this timely webinar are Jerri Langer, a principal of COKALA Information Reporting; Bruce Phipps, corporate payroll manager for Albert Einstein Healthcare Network and 2011 APA Payroll Man of the Year; Mike Baer, managing editor for Bloomberg BNA's payroll information publications, and Heather Rothman, Senior Congressional Reporter for Bloomberg BNA.

Payroll tax-related issues for 2013 that still need to be resolved include:

  • income tax rates and withholding tables, including supplemental withholding rates and backup withholding as well as changes to exemption amounts
  • expiration of the FICA/OASDI reduced rate for employees
  • employer-provided education assistance under Section 127
  • adoption benefits
  • the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (now only for former military)

Other possible actions could affect:

  • the 2013 Medicare rate increase of 0.9% on high-earner employees;
  • employee deferrals to health FSAs (to $2,500 in 2013);
  • federal and state unemployment contributions; and
  • misclassified employees projects and enforcement.

Additional Affordable Care Act provisions that may be modified include:

  • W-2 reporting of the aggregate cost of health care for employees;
  • continued handling of employee MLR health insurance rebates; and
  • 40% excise tax on employer-sponsored health plans whose costs exceed a certain threshold in 2018.

Webinar moderator Rich Bronson, senior research analyst with Bloomberg BNA will be joined by Heather Rothman, senior political reporter for Bloomberg BNA's Daily Tax Report.

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Jerri Langer, COKALA Tax Information Reporting Solutions, LLC ; Bruce Phipps, CPP, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network; Michael Baer, CPP, Bloomberg BNA; Heather Rothman, Bloomberg BNA

Jerri Langer
, COKALA Tax Information Reporting Solutions, LLC, is a nationally respected information reporting and withholding consultant who provides a wide range of tax advisory services to many Fortune 500 companies around the world. She is a founding member of the Cokala Tax Group, an advisory services firm offering experienced, efficient and practical help in meeting obligations for tax withholding, payee documentation, tax information reporting, and related issues including income classification. She has twice been appointed a member of the IRS Commissioner's Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC), serving in 2009-2011 and  in 1999-2000.  Prior to Cokala, she served as a Director in Balance Consulting, an organization specializing in tax reporting and withholding compliance; and earlier as chief tax compliance officer of ProBusiness Services Inc. Jerri learned much of her trade as a Director in Deloitte & Touche, where she gained a national reputation assisting clients in complying with domestic and international tax reporting and withholding requirements. She received her JD and LLM in Taxation from the University of Florida - College of Law (1982) and is a member of the Florida and Michigan bars.   


Bruce Phipps
, CPP, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network has been employed in the payroll profession for 30+ years and has worked for several employers in various types of industry. During his career, he has served as a key member for several system upgrades/implementations and mergers/acquisitions. Bruce has held his CPP designation since 1989. He has serves the APA on the Following committees: Hotline Referral, Automated Clearing House - Chair, GATF - Pay Card , Healthcare - SPLTF, Emerging Technologies - SPLTF, Champs Mentor. Additionally, Bruce is one of the original co-authors to the first edition of APA’s “A Successful Guide to Direct Deposit.”  Bruce has been a Congress speaker for many years. Additionally, he has been a speaker at the Texas Payroll Conference since 2006 and frequently speaks at chapter meetings and Statewide conferences. On the local level, Bruce served as a mentor to the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the APA. n 2006 Bruce was elected to the position of President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter. Bruce was also one of the founding members of the Southeastern PA Chapter of the APA and served as the chapter’s first president. Spanning 18 years as a member of the SEPA chapter Bruce held several officer positions. erving as President of a local chapter, provides an opportunity to promote the payroll profession throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states.


Michael Baer, CPP, Bloomberg BNA, the managing editor of BNA’s Payroll Library and Compensation and Benefits Library services, has been with BNA, now known as Bloomberg BNA, since 1990 and has spent nearly his entire career covering payroll-related issues. In 1998, he received recognition as a Special Friend to the payroll community from the American Payroll Association. Prior to joining BNA, Michael gained experience in payroll and human resources with Marriott, and later was the personnel manager for the Shanghai Hilton.


Heather Rothman, Bloomberg BNA