Title: Accounts Payable Best Practices / Edition 1
Author: Mary S. Schaeffer, Institute of Management and Administrati
The fundamental structure of the accounts payable function reflects a company’s financial integrity, yet so many payable operations in companies aren’t running at peak efficiency. Overlooking only a few weak accounts payable operations can adversely affect a company’s bottom line in a number of ways, from incurring costs to resolve discrepancies and fix errors to receiving fines for failing to comply with escheat or sales and tax rules. Accounts Payable Best Practices provides businesses and other organizations with a strong sense of where they stand against industry leaders and shows them how to take their services and organizational processes to state-of-the-art levels. Documented strategies and tactics employed by highly admired companies are presentedboth successful and unsuccessfulto illustrate the real-world functionality of each process and approach. Every chapter features a brief explanation of the process or topic being addressed to accompany the discussion of best practices. However, for a variety of reasons, some firms aren’t in a position to employ best practices. To bridge the gap between the latest theory and practice, Accounts Payable Best Practices identifies “Almost Best Practices.” These special sections consider that not all practices will work at every company, and they offer successful alternatives to best practices. Also included are discussions on practices that absolutely should not be used, but may be practiced at other companies. To address the renewed interest in internal audit and controls, such as the Sarbanes-Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the mundane operational aspects of accounts payable are reviewed in a way that focuses attention on issues that are sometimes ignored, such as the master vendor file. Other coverage in Accounts Payable Best Practices includes: Innovative T&E techniques used at successful companies P-cardsan easy-to-understand innovation that is being adopted by companies everywhere 1099 reporting, sales and use tax handling and reporting, and unclaimed property Cash management initiatives that are increasingly falling on the shoulders of the accounts payable departments Case studies demonstrating how best practice helped real-world companies achieve outstanding results Accounts Payable Best Practices is an essential resource for accounts payable managers, controllers, and CFOs at every size company.