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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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The State of Accounts Payable
Benchmarks
The direction of accounts payable departments today is towards the day when staffs no longer focus on clerical data entry work but on analytical, strategic tasks. So how are you progressing? Take the 3rd annual

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Rules Are Critical to Promoting Efficient Processing
Processes
While many of the rules that AP has put in place may seem “silly” and even “overkill” by employees, they have been put in place for good reasons. From travel and expense to payments to supplier relations, creating policies and ensuring employees follow them will keep costly errors at bay.
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Evaluated Receipt Settlement (ERS) Saves Briggs & Stratton More Than $600,000 a Year
AP Best Practices | Processes
Briggs & Stratton’s AP staffers were processing so many invoices every day that there was no time to organize, prioritize, or address problems and issues. Accounts payable was seen by senior management as a costly department—and a headache—rather than a benefit to the company. Was it a matter of needing additional staff? Should AP be decentralized? Should the company consider automation as a solution?
key ERS Saves Briggs & Stratton More Than $600,000 a Year








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Compliance is Critical for Utilx
AP Best Practices | Case Studies
Renown Sylvester, Accredited Payable Specialist, has been in his job for seven years at Utilx Corporation (Kent, WA). He is a one-man AP department for the company, which has 500 employees, and he is a stickler for ensuring that AP’s processes comply with company disbursement policies as well as pertinent laws and regulations.
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Benchmarks
Take the Definitive P-Card Survey
Metrics and Benchmarking
The Accounts Payable Network is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2014 Purchasing Card Benchmark Survey© developed by Professor Richard Palmer of Southeast Missouri State and Professor Mahendra Gupta of Washington University (RPMG Research Group). This comprehensive, thorough survey ”strongly supported by The Accounts Payable Network” updates and improves the established, biennial Purchasing Card Benchmark series conducted by professors Palmer and Gupta. The studies are widely recognized as the definitive management source for metrics regarding purchasing card use in North America.
RPMG 2014 Purchasing Card Benchmark Survey





Revolution
You Say You Want a Revolution?
AP in the Organization
Moving from a "paper-full" process to a paperless process in AP would certainly count as an AP revolution. Maybe your AP department has already declared a win—in which case, congratulations! As far as most AP departments go, however, the AP revolution is still far in the future. That doesn’t mean that AP is fated to continue with the status quo. There are many steps AP can take. Here are some resolutions for 2014 that can improve your day-to-day processes and make your department more efficient.
keyFive AP 'Revolutions' for 2014





Benchmarks
Should Procurement Call AP's Shots?
AP in the Organization
A procure-to-pay process is most efficient when both ends share information. The procurement department uses accounts payable’s data to perform spend analysis, while AP uses procurement’s data to ensure vendors comply with contracts and purchase orders, and that buyers comply with purchasing policies. Some organizations have taken this coordination to the next level. Financial services firm ING's accounts payable department is actually part of the procurement department. In fact, the head of financial administration cannot imagine it any other way.
keyShould AP Be Part of Purchasing?





Benchmarks
New T&E Benchmarks!
Metrics and Benchmarking
Half of accounts payable departments have seen increases in their travel and entertainment spending during the last two years. With T&E costs going up, it is more important than ever for organizations to manage their reimbursement processes effectively with strong policies and procedures. The following survey results examine expense reimbursement processing policies and practices. It updates metrics previously benchmarked in 2011, and includes several additional metrics. More than 500 organizations of all sizes participated in the survey, representing a wide range of industries. Based on the results, organizations are making strides in key areas, but have stalled in others.
keyBenchmarks: Travel & Entertainment Expense Reimbursement Practices 2013





The Accounts Payable and Purchase-to-Pay Leadership Conference 2014
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Upcoming Events
Conferences, Webinars & Seminars:

IRS Rules for Documenting Your Payees: New Form W-8 and W-9 Requirements
Webinar • Thursday, April 17, 2014
Forms W-8 and W-9 are essential documentation of the status and tax ID of the individuals and entities you pay. Form changes have been in the works at the IRS for over a year, and at last the final new forms and instructions have been released. This new educational webinar is packed with information to help you understand the changes in Forms W-8 and W-9, and make necessary changes in your organization’s procedures and forms.

Accounts Payable Certification Training
One-day Online training • May 14, 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.

The Accounts Payable and Purchase-to-Pay Leadership Conference 2014
May 19 – 21, 2014
This conference is a must-attend event where AP and P2P professionals will learn proven best practices, swap ideas with colleagues, get energized and return to your office with a list of innovative, productivity improvement and cost-saving tips you can implement right away!

Accounts Payable Certification Training
Two-day Online training • June 18 & 19, 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 Certification Training
One-day Online training • July 16, 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 • 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.

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 APTraining@TheAPNetwork.com, or 866.827.6389.

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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