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What Success in AP Looks Like
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Episode 37

What AP Success Looks Like

Host:
Mary Schaeffer
Guest:
Patsy Christian
Proving just how far technology has come, Patsy Christian joined the AP Now podcast from across the pond. She shared with the host, Mary Schaeffer, her thoughts what success in accounts payable looks like. She began discussing her background and touched upon a Leadership award she had recently won. Patsy was then quick to give credit to her group.
AP Technology that Promotes the Right Behavior
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Episode 36

AP Technology that Promotes the Right Behavior

Host:
Mary Schaeffer
Guest:
Sandra Firman
Joining the AP Now podcast from down under, Sandra Firman shared with Mary Schaeffer her thoughts on making sure AP technology promotes the right behavior. She began by addressing the question of “Who’s the Boss?” She expounded on her theory that technology, if it is really helpful should be our servant.
Evaluating Processes for Improved Expense Reporting
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Episode 35

Evaluating Processes for Improved Expense Reporting

Host:
Mary Schaeffer
Guest:
Teri Cook
In this episode on the AP Now podcast, Mary Schaeffer and Teri Cook discuss the many problems associated with a manual paper expense reporting process. In this episode, Teri focuses on events that happened at a former employer. She began by enumerating the problems.
The People Internal Controls in AP
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Episode 34

People Internal Controls in AP

Host:
Mary Schaeffer
In this episode Mary Schaeffer, AP Now founder and podcast host, discusses five different internal controls that she believes every organization should use, but often doesn’t. She begins by skewering the myth, held by many, that their employees would never steal from them.
Starting over after a Job Loss in AP and Accounting
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Episode 33

Starting over after a Job Loss in AP and Accounting

Host:
Mary Schaeffer
Guest:
Teri Cook
In this episode on the AP Now podcast, Mary Schaeffer is joined by Teri Cook for a brutally honest discussion on handling a job layoff after 50. The podcast begins with Teri recounting how she was suddenly laid off and her reaction. She then moves on to talk about networking and how she made the mistake many busy professionals make of not keeping up with old professional contacts.
Common Tax Reporting Questions
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Episode 32

Common Tax Reporting Questions

Host:
Mary Schaeffer
Guest:
Steve Mercatante
Steve Mercatante of taxinformationreporting.com returns to the AP Now podcast to discuss common IRS questions. Steve introduces his Federal and State Filing Guide, then launches into a discussion of the myriad of reporting responsibilities all organizations have not only on the Federal level, but at the state and local levels as well.
Year End in AP
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Episode 31

Year End in AP

Host:
Mary Schaeffer
Guest:
Debra R. Richardson
In this episode on the AP Now podcast, Mary Schaeffer is joined by Debra R Richardson, an expert on master vendor file issues. They discuss getting ready for year-end in accounts payable. They begin by discussing the big calendar used in many organizations to track all the different tasks done.
The Problems with Petty Cash
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Episode 30

The Problems with Petty Cash

Host:
Mary Schaeffer
Using four real-life examples Mary Schaeffer points out the problems that can occur when an organization insists on having a petty cash box. Starting with a tale of IOUs in the petty cash box, an unfortunate occurrence she moves onto to discuss questionable reimbursements out of the petty cash box.
Technophobia
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Episode 29

Technophobia

Host:
Mary Schaeffer
Guest:
Peter Taylor
Peter Taylor is the controller of Purple Innovation, LLC, a/k/a The Purple Mattress Company. He joined the AP Now podcast to discuss how he got his team over their fear of technology, sometimes referred to as Technophobia. We started off by discussing a statistic from a recent AP Now survey which showed 36% of the respondents indicating that one of their major concerns was staff fear over new technology and processes.
Why AP is a Big Deal at Successful Companies
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Episode 28

Why AP Is a Big Deal at Successful Companies

Host:
Mary Schaeffer
Guest:
Billy the Bot
Mary Schaeffer puts a positive spin on an age-old problem. There are still a small group of business people who do not understand that ignoring an accounts payable function, not keeping up-to-date on the latest trends, practices, and problems can hurt an organization’s bottom line.
Information Reporting (1099) Misconceptions
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Episode 27

Information Reporting (1099) Misconceptions

Host:
Mary Schaeffer
Guest:
Steve Mercatante
Clearly Steve Mercatante of taxinformationreporting.com knows a thing or two or a thousand about the IRS, tax information reporting and issuing 1099s (and other tax forms). He joined the AP Now podcast to discuss these issues. He had so much to say, we never did get around to talking about the book he wrote in his spare time, Why Germany Nearly Won the War.
Unclaimed Property Fraud
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Episode 26

Unclaimed Property Fraud

Host:
Mary Schaeffer
Guest:
Kimberly DeCarrera
Kimberly DeCarrera of DeCarrera Law says she can happily talk for hours about unclaimed property. She didn’t do that on this episode of the AP Now podcast because she knew we had time restraints. But she did make the most of our time together squeezing in tips and strategies for listeners right to the last minute of our broadcast.

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