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Welcome to AP Now: Your Accounts Payable one-stop
resource for all your business intelligence needs

This site is designed to present you with all the information you need about accounts
payable, and all the other functions that impact it. Whether you choose to simply read
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Featured Resources
Master Vendor File Best Practices to Strengthen Controls, Prevent Fraud and Help Improve Regulatory Compliance
When: Thursday March 26, 2015 2:00 PM EST For a long time, master vendor file has not gotten the attention it deserves. The emergence of new frauds, the increased realization that internal controls really do matter and increased regulatory compliance requirements have all shined a light on less-then-stellar master vendor file practices. . . . keep reading

P-Cards and ePayables Card Solutions: The Odd Couple or Bosom Buddies
February 25, 2015 2:00 How do you best utilize traditional Purchasing Cards and the newer ePayables solutions (e.g., Virtual Cards, buyer-initiated payments)? This session will dive deeper by . . . keep reading

T&E Best Practices to Ensure Compliance with IRS Regs and Prevent Fraud
When: March 10, 2015. March 10, 2015 With organizations everywhere eyeing the bottom line and insisting on rigid travel & entertainment policy compliance and the IRS taking an equally harsh stance, compliance must now not only be to the company policies but also IRS rules. Otherwise, you could end up answering not only to the CFO but also the IRS--and that is truly ugly. . . . keep reading

Upcoming Webinars
Check back frequently. We'll be posting the details about upcoming programs over the next few weeks. Better yet, sign up for our free weekly ezine. It's full of accounts payable tips and news as well as announcements of our upcoming programs. . . . keep reading

Commercial Cards 101: What the Options Are and How They Work
When: February 11, 2015. Have the daily demands of your job prevented you from acquiring the knowledge of B2B payments that you need for a career in AP, finance or treasury? Get up to speed with this one-hour webinar on the ever-growing world of Commercial Cards . . . keep reading

Day of the Week Preference for Seminars
We are planning for one-day seminars (1099 and AP) . . . keep reading

Who approves new vendors in your shop?
In some organizations with extremely lax procedures related to their master vendor file, anyone can add a vendor to the file. In these cases, the accounts payable staff often adds a vendor when an invoice arrives approved for payment but there is no corresponding vendor in the master vendor file. This can be disastrous if a fraudulent invoice triggers the entering of the vendor into your master vendor file. What this effectively does is legitimize a vendor who never delivered goods to you in the first place. . . . keep reading

Case Study: Appropriate Segregation of AP Duties
We talk a lot about the appropriate segregation of duties in accounts payable in this newsletter. The enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act made it pretty darn clear this is an issue that everyone needs to pay attention to. But, what exactly is appropriate when it comes to accounts payable? While there are many variations that will work, here's a look at how one company handles the matter. . . . keep reading

A Dozen Reasons Why Invoices Should Go to AP First
Are you still fighting the battle of the invoice--who gets them first, the purchaser or accounts payable? Here's a handy list of reasons you can use the next time this issue is brought to the table. As you can probably guess, Accounts Payable Now & Tomorrow firmly believes invoices should go to accounts payable first. Here's why: . . . keep reading

Three Simple Changes to Make Productivity Skyrocket in Your AP Department
Wouldn't you like to improve the productivity in your accounts payable department? Of course you would. But to do that, professionals often turn to sophisticated and sometimes costly alternatives to keep up with the proverbial Jones, in this case those best-practice accounts payable departments with eye-popping productivity numbers. While technology certainly will help, there are a number of simple changes you can make to greatly enhance your operations--and they don't cost a fortune. In fact, they're virtually all free. Here they are. . . . keep reading