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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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12 Advantages of an Automated T&E System
Travel and Entertainment Expense
In response to this question from a fellow member: "I am looking at travel and expense automation. Currently, we are using an excel template for entering the information and then asking people to submit all their original receipts. What benefits can I expect from an automated T&E system?" – our AP Advisory Panelists share their ideas and experiences with automated T&E systems.
key12 Advantages of an Automated T&E System

New Survey: AP Operation Models, Automation and Performance
How are your AP operations structured – decentralized, centralized in shared services or regional SSCs, or a single global services center? Does your organization distribute work across operation centers? Or do you outsource most or all of your AP processing operations? To what extent have you implemented automation? To what extent does it correlate with better performance? This survey will examine the extent to which AP Operating Models and levels of automation impact key AP performance measures. The survey’s 39 questions cover demographic and operational structure, level of automation, and a few key performance metrics. Take TAPN's new survey! (and earn 2 CEUs)
Survey: AP Operating Models, Automation and Performance Benchmarks

Arguing Your Case in the Event of an IRS Penalty Notice
1099 Reporting & Compliance
If you filed an information return late, with the wrong TIN or none at all, you might receive a 972CG Penalty notice from the Internal Revenue Service. Fear not. The Internal Revenue Service gives filers the benefit of the doubt, allowing them 45 days to explain why the returns were filed in error. Perhaps you tried soliciting vendors for accurate and up-to-date TINs to no avail, or you only realized your mistake after the returns were already filed. Here's how to make your case.
keyHow to Respond to an IRS Penalty Notice

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.
key2015 Per Diem Rates

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.
key How do you handle credits with your vendors?

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.
keyDon't Let the Personnel Cycle Get You Down

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

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.
keyWhat's Happening in Procure-to-Pay?

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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.

How to Optimize P-Card Efficiencies While Maintaining Appropriate Controls
Compliance webinar • October 22, 2014, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Whether your P-Card program is new or mature, attend this webinar to obtain actionable tips to get you closer to the ultimate balance of savings and control. P-Card expert Lynn Larson, CPCP, will share common pitfalls that interfere with program optimization and describe possible remedies.

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.


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

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

AP Monthly Archive: TAPN's former hardcopy newsletter. Each issue features an 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, or 207-842-5583.

A Note to CFOs, Controllers and Directors of Accounts Payable

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