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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
B-Notices: A Best Practices Approach
When: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Time: 2:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. CST; noon MST; 11:00 a.m. PST) Where: Your office B-Notices have never been an easy issue. Now, they just got a bit more complicated. Did you know that the IRS has changed its procedure for getting a correct payee name and TIN after sending out a second "B" Notice? It's that time of the when those all-consuming awful B-Notices start to roll in. They must be addressed in a very timely manner. If not, your organization could be out of pocket for the taxes the contractor should have paid as well as potential fines. In a worst case scenario, these fines can be as much as $250,000! Are you ready? . . . keep reading

What Every Company (and AP Department) Needs to Know about FCPA
When: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Time: 2:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. CST; noon MST; 11:00 a.m. PST) Where: Your office Many accounts payable and procure-to-pay (P2P) departments fail to do any staff training regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance. They unfortunately believe it has nothing to do with accounts payable. Alas, they are wrong. These groups are the last set of eyes to look at a payment before it goes out the door; the last chance an organization has to stop a payment that could cause it untold nightmares. The fallout from noncompliance can be pretty ugly. One company is reported to have spent hundreds of millions (yes, that's millions) in lawyers and attorney's fees, after they were found to be noncompliant. FCPA prohibits bribery of foreign government officials -- and this bribery can come in many different forms. If your organization has done nothing to train its AP or P2P staff, this is one session you don't want to miss. . . . 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

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

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

How Companies Receive Invoices
Over 90% of the organizations responding to AP Now's recent reader survey report they receive invoices by both postal mail and e-mail. The high level for e-mail underlines the importance of setting up a separate account to be used exclusively for receiving invoices. . . . keep reading

Readers Comments on the 'What's A Meal' Issue
Readers' comments on the 'What's A Meal' issue along with a policy used by one company. Why this issue matters: I think it's a good idea to have a definition of a meal. Our policy does not have one, but I have seen several reimbursements at past organizations pass for payment that include chips, nuts, bottled water, coffee, gum, and any other versions of snacks. Many are at airports, where the price is much higher. one company. . . . keep reading

What's A Meal?
Giving a talk recently about travel and entertainment policies, I was asked if it was a good idea to include a definition of what compromises a meal. I was a bit taken back until the person offered additional clarification. She had several employees who put in for numerous reimbursements for snacks at the airport, coffee breaks (sometimes more than one in a day), cigarettes and the like claiming they were meals. I searched through quite a few travel policies to see how this issue was addressed. Most are silent on it although occasionally the issue is mentioned. Here are a few sample definitions: . . . keep reading

Tomorrow's AP Department and Who Will Be in Demand
Without a doubt, technology will continue to make . . . keep reading

Developing Issue: Same Day ACH in the US
Modernizing the US payment system in a manner that creates value for both the end users and the banks is one of the reasons for the move to same day ACH. The new rules reflect the original proposal with a few minor, but important, changes. When the changes are all implemented businesses and consumers will have the choice of speed. Let's take a look at what's coming in the payment arena. . . . keep reading