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With a network of more than 50,000 AP process owners in the U.S. and around the world, and a host of membership benefits, The Accounts Payable Network (TAPN) is the world's largest AP-focused organization. Representative TAPN Member Organizations. Take a 3-minute Site Tour now.

TAPN's deep, comprehensive resources for executives and managers who oversee accounts payable give you point-and-click access to an exclusive accounts payable knowledge-base to help:
  • Manage costs
  • Increase productivity
  • Keep current with AP methods and technologies
  • Maintain vital internal controls
  • Avoid compliance-related penalties
  • Assure current policies
  • Get answers to urgent questions
  • Gain buy-in
Focus areas include best practices for every AP function; AP metrics and benchmarking data; tax and regulatory compliance; solutions to real world problems; AP automation case studies; member Q&A networking forums, calculators, and more than 300 downloadable, customizable AP policies, flowcharts, templates and internal control checklists.

TAPN’s highly regarded training and certification programs provide AP education and credentialing for accounts payable managers and their staffs.

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Per Diem Rates Go Unchanged in 2015
Travel & Entertainment Expense
The U.S. General Services Administration has announced per diem rates for fiscal year 2015, which begins October 1. Daily allowances for lodging and meals will not change from FY 2014, but the administration made several changes to non-standard areas.
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Should AP Allow Credits to Be Offset to Open Invoices?
AP Accounting Issues
Vendors like when they can ‘offset’ credits because it cleans the account up. Of course, this creates an accounting nightmare for accounts payable and increases the risk of duplicate invoices. IOFM advisory panelists shared different ways of dealing with vendor credits, ranging from complete disapproval to reluctant acceptance.
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How to Keep Performance Strong During Times of Turnover—and Anytime
Management | AP in the Organization
Personnel turnover is a challenge for all companies and departments. Stefanie T. Sabatke, Corporate Accounts Payable Manager of Johnson Brothers Liquor Company, shares her strategies for handling this difficult issue in her own AP department. Sabatke says each employee will have different concerns, respond differently to stress, and be motivated by different approaches. Her most useful strategy? Good communication. But that means something completely different in groups and with individuals. See how she helps employees stay engaged and functioning whether the company is undergoing a big transition, the department is short-staffed, or someone is simply out of the office.
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Revolution
Complete Guide to FATCA
1099/1042-S | Updates & Developments
One of the most confusing compliance issues for U.S. accounts payable departments just got more complicated. As of July 2014, the rules for certifying and withholding on payments to foreign persons have changed as part of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Here, we've compiled more than a dozen TAPN resources to help you navigate new W-8 forms, tax treaties, withholding, and everything in between.
keyComplete Guide to FATCA





Benchmarks
Three of the Hottest Trends in Procure to Pay
P2P (Purchase-to-Pay)
The procure-to-pay process is evolving rapidly with new technologies that make it faster, easier, and more efficient to obtain and pay for goods and services. Here, three experts identify some of the biggest P2P trends, such as electronic invoicing, to help AP leaders better serve their companies as P2P evolves. Still haven’t had a chance to upgrade? Our panel of experts says process improvements go beyond technology. See seven additional tips on making the most of the P2P process whether you’ve automated or not.
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P-Cards–Real & Perceived Risks Require Real Attention
P-Cards
P-cards have significant advantages. They eliminate steps in the purchase to pay process, decrease the number of invoices and checks processed by AP, and even result in cash to the bottom line in the form of rebates. But just like any other area where expenditure of an organization’s funds is involved, they carry risk of fraud, and in particular, misuse.
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Upcoming Events
Conferences, Webinars & Seminars:

Accounts Payable Certification Training
Two-day Online training • August 20 & 21, 2014
The Accounts Payable Network presents a live online Accounts Payable Certification training class with Judy Bicking. Whether you are just a beginner or a seasoned AP professional The Accounts Payable Certification program proves you are serious and knowledgeable about your job.

Form 1099-MISC Basic Tax Compliance: What's Reportable for 2014
Compliance webinar • August 21, 2014, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Learn about the essentials of 1099 reporting and get an update on the top 1099-MISC compliance concerns of 2014. Learning objectives include: identify Form 1099-MISC reportable payments, identify and apply 28% backup withholding of federal tax, perform a sufficiency review of Form W-9 for 1099-MISC purposes.

Advanced Form 1099-MISC Reporting Compliance for 2014
Compliance webinar • September 16, 2014, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Go beyond the basic 1099-MISC tax reporting scenarios and learn how to handle a variety of more complex reporting requirements in this program designed for Accounts Payable, Tax, and Tax Compliance Analysts. This highly practical program will help you master the tax reporting and tax withholding situations that create the greatest 1099 compliance risk for your organization.

Accounts Payable Certification Training
In-person training • September 17, 2014 • Chicago, IL
The Accounts Payable Network presents a live Accounts Payable Certification training class in Chicago, IL with Pam Miller. Whether you are just a beginner or a seasoned AP professional The Accounts Payable Certification program proves you are serious and knowledgeable about your job.

Accounts Payable Certification Training
One-day Online training • September 24, 2014
The Accounts Payable Network presents a live online Accounts Payable Certification training class with Pam Miller. Whether you are just a beginner or a seasoned AP professional, The Accounts Payable Certification program proves you are serious and knowledgeable about your job.

Accounts Payable Certification Training
Two-day Online training • October 15 & 16, 2014
The Accounts Payable Network presents a live online Accounts Payable Certification training class with Judy Bicking. Whether you are just a beginner or a seasoned AP professional The Accounts Payable Certification program proves you are serious and knowledgeable about your job.

Accounts Payable Conference & Expo
October 26-29, 2014 • Las Vegas, NV
AP Conference & Expo is a must-attend event for accounts payable professionals looking to advance to the top of the field. This event brings together motivated accounts payable professionals from across the country looking for practical strategies to improve efficiency and solutions to the toughest challenges in AP.

Procure-to-Pay Summit
October 26-28, 2014 • Las Vegas, NV
This industry-leading event will help you develop and advance your procurement and payables operations with input from experts and long-time practitioners shedding new light on P2P Best Practices, P2P policies and governance, e-Procurement technologies, Metrics, P-Cards, Ghost Cards, Travel Cards, and more. Don't miss the opportunity to meet your peers, network, and go home with new ideas to implement!

Accounts Payable Certification Training
One-day Online training • November 19, 2014
The Accounts Payable Network presents a live online Accounts Payable Certification training class with Pam Miller. Whether you are just a beginner or a seasoned AP professional, The Accounts Payable Certification program proves you are serious and knowledgeable about your job.

Accounts Payable Certification Training
Two-day Online training • December 15 & 16, 2014
The Accounts Payable Network presents a live online Accounts Payable Certification training class with Judy Bicking. Whether you are just a beginner or a seasoned AP professional The Accounts Payable Certification program proves you are serious and knowledgeable about your job.

For many more events, see the Event Calendar.

Research/Guides/Services

TAPN offers a complete library of benchmarking reports, guides, research reports and yearbooks designed to keep accounts payable professionals up-to-date and compliant.

Correct Vendor Addresses

Address Verification & Standardization Tool This brand new tool allows you to correct street address errors in your vendor master file and can also help ensure that the vendor is actually located at that address.


TAPN Newsletters

AP Week: TAPN's weekly e-Newsletter highlighting the latest research, valuable tools, and informative continuing education opportunities.

Managing Accounts Payable: Monthly member newsletter featuring in-depth features, case studies, and benchmarks.

AP Monthly Archive: TAPN's hardcopy newsletter. Each issue features a new in-depth accounts payable article and highlights many of the essential resources available to TAPN members.


Accounts Payable Certification & Training
Certification: Designed to help Accounts payable professionals meet standards, demonstrate proficiency and gain recognition. Learn more

Training: The Accounts Payable Network can tailor a training program to fit your requirements. Contact us at mhall@divcom.com, or 207-842-5583.

A Note to CFOs, Controllers and Directors of Accounts Payable

CPE TAPN is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasba.org
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