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New Payment World

Based on Mary Schaeffer's extensive consulting and reporting experience, this ground breaking book presents a blue print for any organization looking to:

Create a more efficient process while lowering the cost associated with it, reducing the risk of fraud and complying with ALL regulatory issues.

Travel & Entertainment Best Practices

Travel and Entertainment Best Practices is a comprehensive guide for putting in place a T&E process that is efficient, effective, and compliant with government regulations. Written in easy-to-understand language, the book spells out today's best practices from leading-edge companies for T&E expense reporting, approval, review, and reimbursement.

Accounting expert Mary Schaeffer offers an overview of the factors that have played a role in the evolution of the T&E function and stresses the vital importance of the approval process, or more to the point, the incorrect application of the approval functionality. She includes realistic suggestions on how to handle situations that occur when managers approve travel items in direct conflict with the written corporate T&E policy.

Travel and Entertainment Best Practices is a must-have guide that covers a broad range of topics including information about:

* The appropriate IRS requirements that need to be incorporated into the organization's policy and how to ensure these requirements are met by its employees

* How to obtain, handle, and store receipts for items your travelers claim on their expense reports

* Creating a solid T&E policy and procedure manual

* Solutions to the headaches that often vex the staff responsible for the processing of T&E information

* Common ways employees try to steal from companies and straightforward solutions to fraud

In addition, the book examines how automation affects the T&E reporting, review, and reimbursement functions, and contains information on T&E issues concerning international travel. Travel and Entertainment Best Practices also includes advice for negotiating contracts for employee travel.

The Controllers & CFOs' Guide to Accounts Payable

As controller or CFO of your company, you may not realize the far-reaching impact of the decisions within the accounts payable (AP) process unless you are intimately involved in the particulars of AP's operations. You might be thinking, "What's the big deal? AP gets bills and pays them. How can that possibly take up a whole book?"

Controller and CFO's Guide to Accounts Payable demonstrates that there is much more to AP than merely paying bills. Drawing on her extensive experience in the corporate financial community, author Mary Schaeffer unveils the myriad of tasks involved in this department and reveals what it actually takes to get these tasks done in the most cost-efficient manner while strengthening internal controls. Her unflinching look at the problems—and their best-practice solutions—shows readers effective ways to tackle the issues encountered between AP operations and the controller's or CFO's office to move on to excellence as a corporate whole.

Controller and CFO's Guide to Accounts Payable is strategically divided into three segments:

Part I focuses on the core functionality of the AP operation—the processing of invoices and ensuing payment
Part II turns its attention to specialty functions such as T&E, 1099 Reporting, etc., that may or may not be handled by accounts payable
Finally, Part III looks at management and oversight issues, explores the latest in fraud and financial crimes as well as the newest initiatives to put a stop to them, and the enduring impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Refreshingly candid and witty in tone, Controller and CFO's Guide to Accounts Payable is required reading for any professional wanting to understand more about their organization's AP operations. It declares that AP is no longer a back-office function and underscores the reality that proper attention must be paid to this crucial department in order to run a leading edge and competitive company.

Accounts Payable & Sarbanes Oxley: Strengthening Your Internal Controls

This book describes how Sarbanes Oxley requirements should be implemented as they pertain to accounts payable functions. It includes a discussion of why the controls demanded by the Act are important to both public and private companies. It also includes an overview of the COSO framework and how it affects the accounts payable function, as well as describes the proper documentation needed to conform with SOX and the required fraud prevention controls and practices.

Accounts Payable Best Practices

This book 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 presented - both successful and unsuccessful - to illustrate the real-world functionality of each process and approach.

Triumph Over Tragedy: September 11 and The Rebirth of A Business

No one would have blamed the management and employees of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods for giving up. The September 11 terrorist attack killed one-third of the company’s staff and obliterated its headquarters. Yet the men and women of KBW refused to quit.

Triumph Over Tragedy tells the powerful and compelling story of KBW’s destruction and rebirth. Firsthand accounts from dozens of staff members at all levels describe the horrifying events of September 11, recall the devastation and suffering in the aftermath of the tragedy, and explain how, in the face of overwhelming destruction, they found the will and resources to survive and thrive.

The people of KBW set a new standard for disaster recovery and redefined our understanding of how much loss one company can endure and still rebuild. Their story offers lessons of hope and renewal that will inspire anyone struggling with personal or professional loss due to unforeseen tragedy.

Essentials of Credit, Collections and Accounts Receivable

Full of valuable tips, techniques, illustrative real-world examples, exhibits, and best practices, this handy and concise paperback will help you stay up to date on the newest thinking, strategies, developments, and technologies in credit, collections, and accounts receivable.

Essentials of Accounts Payable

An in depth look at all the topics someone needs to know in order to do the best job possible in accounts payable. While the book is aimed at the novice, the field has changed so much in the last few years, even the seasoned pro will find the book useful.

Accounts Payable: A Guide to Running An Efficient Department

A soup-to-nuts look at the accounts payable function for the manager, those who run the department and those who hope to someday be responsible for accounts payable department. See the page for this book for a comprehensive listing of most of the topics covered in the book.

Other books by Mary S. Schaeffer

Understanding Interest Rate Swaps: One of the first books written on this topic which periodically rocks the financial community. This introductory book is aimed at the end-user and consequently some the dealers may not like what I have to say. A soup to nuts explanation of the derivatives market - STILL SELLING 10 YEARS AFTER PUBLICATION!

International Credit & Collections: with contributions from 14 international experts, this book is a must-read for executives selling internationally

Essentials of Credit, Collections and Accounts Receivable: a primer for those looking for information about business credit and collection issues