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29th Annual

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL CONFERENCE  – You won’t want to miss this!

Sponsored by the Denver Chapter Payroll Association, supported by the Northern CO Payroll Association and the Southern CO Payroll Association.

October 17 – 19, 2018

Ameristar Casino Resort & Spa
Blackhawk, Colorado

2018 Conference Registration

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BECOMING A CERTIFIED PAYROLL PROFESSIONAL – A PANEL DISCUSSION Enhancing Your Career and Becoming Highly Marketable along the Front Range

Please plan to attend April’s educational panel discussion with NCPA members who attended our 35-hour Spring Study Group and who recently sat for the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) or the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam.   These panelists will share their Study Group experience as well as information about the four-hour exam.  Chapter Officers will discuss the criteria for taking these exams, provide information about the American Payroll Association as well as how to begin preparing NOW for the next testing window!

We invite you to come join us for a delicious catered speaker luncheon. The cost of your first chapter visit/lunch is only $10!  Subsequent meeting costs will be $25.00 for NCPA chapter members.  The Non-member cost is $35.  See Upcoming Events for meeting information.  An R.S.V.P. is required to attend a meeting by emailing us at  Monthly meetings are held at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, 5400 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland, CO.  The business luncheon meeting will start promptly at 11:30 a.m.  Speakers will present from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

Catering by Maint Street Catering, Loveland, CO     Chef Ken Rosander

Updated 2018 Withholding Tables Now Available; New 2018 W4 and Tax Calculator

IRS 2018 Withholding tax calculator and 2018 Form W-4 Form

The Calculator will ask you to estimate values of your 2018 income, the number of children you will claim for the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, and other items that will affect your 2018 taxes. This process will take a few minutes.

  • Gather your most recent pay stubs.
  • Have your most recent income tax return handy; a copy of your completed Form 1040 will help you estimate your 2018 income and other characteristics and speed the process.
  • Keep in mind that the Calculator’s results will only be as accurate as the information you provide.  If your circumstances change during the year, come back to this Calculator to make sure that your withholding is still correct.
  • The Withholding Calculator does not ask you to provide sensitive personally-identifiable information like your name, Social Security number, address or bank account numbers. The IRS does not save or record the information you enter on the Calculator.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Withholding Calculator works for most taxpayers. People with more complex tax situations should use the instructions in Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, expected to be updated in early spring. This includes taxpayers who owe self-employment tax, alternative minimum tax, the tax on unearned income of dependents or certain other taxes, and people with long-term capital gains or qualified dividends.

The revised calculator and new 2018 Form W-4 (Form and Instructions/ W4) can be used by employees to update their withholding in response to the TCJA or changes in their personal circumstances in 2018, and by employees starting a new job. Until a new Form W-4 is issued, employees and employers should continue to use the 2017 Form W-4.

IR-2018-05, Jan. 11, 2018     

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today released Notice 1036, which updates the income-tax withholding tables for 2018 reflecting changes made by the tax reform legislation enacted last month. This is the first in a series of steps that IRS will take to help improve the accuracy of withholding following major changes made by the new tax law.

The updated withholding information, posted today on, shows the new rates for employers to use during 2018. Employers should begin using the 2018 withholding tables as soon as possible, but not later than Feb. 15, 2018. They should continue to use the 2017 withholding tables until implementing the 2018 withholding tables.

Many employees will begin to see increases in their paychecks to reflect the new law in February. The time it will take for employees to see the changes in their paychecks will vary depending on how quickly the new tables are implemented by their employers and how often they are paid — generally weekly, biweekly or monthly.

The new withholding tables are designed to work with the Forms W-4 that workers have already filed with their employers to claim withholding allowances. This will minimize burden on taxpayers and employers. Employees do not have to do anything at this time.

“The IRS appreciates the help from the payroll community working with us on these important changes,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “Payroll withholding can be complicated, and the needs of taxpayers vary based on their personal financial situation. In the weeks ahead, the IRS will be providing more information to help people understand and review these changes.”

The new law makes a number of changes for 2018 that affect individual taxpayers. The new tables reflect the increase in the standard deduction, repeal of personal exemptions and changes in tax rates and brackets.

For people with simpler tax situations, the new tables are designed to produce the correct amount of tax withholding. The revisions are also aimed at avoiding over- and under-withholding of tax as much as possible.
To help people determine their withholding, the IRS is revising the withholding tax calculator on The IRS anticipates this calculator should be available by the end of February. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the calculator to adjust their withholding once it is released.

The IRS is also working on revising the Form W-4. Form W-4 and the revised calculator will reflect additional changes in the new law, such as changes in available itemized deductions, increases in the child tax credit, the new dependent credit and repeal of dependent exemptions.

The calculator and new Form W-4 can be used by employees who wish to update their withholding in response to the new law or changes in their personal circumstances in 2018, and by workers starting a new job. Until a new Form W-4 is issued, employees and employers should continue to use the 2017 Form W-4.

In addition, the IRS will help educate taxpayers about the new withholding guidelines and the calculator. The effort will be designed to help workers ensure that they are not having too much or too little withholding taken out of their pay.

For 2019, the IRS anticipates making further changes involving withholding. The IRS will work with the business and payroll community to encourage workers to file new Forms W-4 next year and share information on changes in the new tax law that impact withholding.

More information is available in the Withholding Tables Frequently Asked Questions.

Resources for Tax Law Changes

The IRS is working on implementing this major tax legislation that will affect both individuals and businesses. Check the Resources for Tax Law Changes page for the latest updates.

Get Ready for Taxes

As we approach the 2018 filing season, there are a few actions to take to prepare Get Ready for Taxes: Plan Ahead to Avoid Refund Delays.

Changes to the ITIN Program

Your ITIN may expire before you file a tax return in 2018. All ITINs not used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three years will expire on December 31, 2017. Additionally, all ITINs issued before 2013 with middle digits of 70, 71, 72 or 80 are expiring. If you need to file a tax return in 2018, IRS recommends you renew your ITIN. The IRS has developed outreach products and additional information on the ITIN program in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese and Haitian Creole. See

As a reminder, ITINs with middle digits 78 and 79 that expired in 2016 can also be renewed.




2018 CPP OR FPC CERTIFICATION STUDY GROUP – Now taking reservations for a Summer 2018 Study Group

***NCPA Membership for 2018 is $60, which includes two members from the same company or organization.  See “Membership” for more information.


 *** To express your interest in participating in a Summer Study Group in preparation for the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) or the Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC), please send your interest to our chapter email account,  10 Participants are needed before a Study Group can be scheduled.  We currently have received interest inquiries from at least 1/2 of that number.   We will answer any questions you may have about the Study Group or Exam costs via email or a telephone call if you provide your number in an email to us.  We hope to hear from you soon!

NCPA is very proud to annouce that seven out of ten Study Group participants from our Spring Study group are now Certified!

CPP Handbook        CPP Certification Application        FPC Handbook        FPC Certification Application

Current Exam Dates:

Fall 2018
Registration: July 10-October 12, 2018
Exam: September 15-October 13, 2018

Exams administered from September 15, 2018 through September 13, 2019, feature questions based on federal laws and regulations in effect as of January 1, 2018.  NCPA uses

“The Payroll Source”  textbook for all Study Groups.  The Summer Study Group, if held, will use “The 2018 Payroll Source.”