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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
our Open Access (free) articles, which represent a small fraction of the articles
available in the member section, we welcome you.

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Go to our seminar and e-seminar links on the left to see recently
updated information about upcoming online AP training as well as
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Featured Resources
What Every Professional Needs to Know about Electronic Payment Fraud (including ACH Fraud)
May 18, 2015 2015 2:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. CST; noon MST; 11:00 a.m. PST ) Getting money out of your organization's bank account is now easier than ever. Just ask the growing number of fraudsters snatching cash from unsuspecting organizations across the country. Unfortunately, every company is at risk and businesses do not have the same fraud protections as individuals. If you don't report the thefts within 24 hours, you willprobably end up eating the losses--which can be substantial. . . . keep reading

Accounts Payable Best Practices
When: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 2:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. CST; noon MST; 11:00 a.m. PST) Where: Your office The accounts payable function is changing at a dizzying pace. What worked yesterday may not work today. Given the current economy, mounting regulatory pressures, and the increased visibility and importance of the accounts payable function, best practices are something with which every professional needs to be conversant. Unfortunately, keeping up to speed these days can be like herding cats. While some best practices remain steadfast, others simply no longer work and are being replaced by new practices just now appearing. . . . keep reading

Travel & Entertainment Shenanigans: Games Employees Play and How to Stop Them
Thursday, June 23, 2015 2:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. CST; noon MST; 11:00 a.m. PST)Where: Your office In 75.6% of expense reimbursement schemes, the perpetrator was also undertaking at least one other form of occupational fraud. This startling fact comes from the Report to the Nations, one of the most respected fraud surveys conducted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. . . . keep reading

Upcoming Accounts Payable Webinar
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 using the form at the top left of this page. It's full of accounts payable tips and news as well as announcements of our upcoming programs . . . keep reading

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

Responsibility for Reviewing Expense Reports
Question: Should AP be responsible for verifying that the expenses were legitimate or merely that they are documented properly? Where does the approving manager's responsibility end and the reviewer's take over? We asked readers of our ezine (sign up for it using the form at the far left) and we got an earful. The full article shows some of the more insightful responses. . . . keep reading

The Issue: Other Check Fraud Prevention Practices
Protecting the organization against check fraud is a multi-faceted job. Companies not only have to do everything they can to prevent the fraud from happening; they also need to sleuth out those instances when a fraud manages to get through their controls. . . . keep reading

The Issue: Eliminating Weak Control Practices
Most organizations have a few weak control practices that can cause trouble. For many these practices have been around for years and no one has taken the time to identify and end them. In some cases this is because doing so will make management unpopular and in others, it's simply a matter of inertia. . . . keep reading