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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.

AP Now also produces several live webinars each month, online
workshops for e-learning, books and live seminars. Please sign up
for our bi-weekly e-zine, using the signup box to the right. In it we
share tips, updates on upcoming events as well as news of new
articles posted to the site.

Go to our seminar and e-seminar links on the left to see recently
updated information about upcoming online AP training as well as
live and online 1099 training.

Featured Resources
Compliance Concerns: A Dozen Regulatory Issues Every AP Department Must Monitor
July 9, 2015, 2:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. CST; noon MST; 11:00 a.m. PST ) In this session we'll review what every organization should be doing when it comes to OFAC, FCPA, ACA, IRS T&E Rules, Use tax and Unclaimed Property and more. The session will include a quick explanation of each issue along with why these are likely to be issues that should be addressed. It will also contain a checklist of items for each issue showing what every organization should be doing with regard to each matter. . . . keep reading

An Internal Controls Master Plan for Accounts Payable
When: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 2:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. CST; noon MST; 11:00 a.m. PST) While most executives are savvy enough to realize they need to be concerned about payment fraud, not everyone realizes they can also experience losses if they don't have the proper controls around all aspects of their AP function. Duplicate and erroneous payments, audit issues and lost vendor credits all have a deleterious bottom line impact. Control problems can creep in at almost any point in the process. . . . keep reading

Upcoming Accounts Payable Webinar (Tip)
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

Accounts Payable Best Practices (Tip)
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 (Tip)
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

Is the First Fraud Always A Small One?
Mary Schaeffer
AP Now's Thesis: At a recent conference, on . . . 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