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Budgeting consumes a massive amount of time and resources. It's a stressful and busy time.

Are there ways to improve the effectiveness of the investment we make in the budget process? Can we make better budgeting decisions that lead to higher performance?

There are options within and beyond traditional budgeting. Each company should consider these options and decide which could improve their budgeting process. Budgeting has many benefits that we can continue to capture and build upon.

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Next, you'll learn or revisit some foundational concepts for budgeting. I'll build on these to show the pros and cons of later budgeting tips, ideas, and alternatives.

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The third section walks step-by-step through the budget formation process. The purpose and role of the budget can best be explained in the context of strategic planning. We'll explore which analyses can be done throughout the year to take pressure off the very busy budgeting season. Some lessons cover the nuts and bolts of budget reporting and budgeting tools.

I'll explore a series of budgeting alternatives in the final section of the course. We'll look at rolling forecasts, zero-based budgeting, activity-based budgeting, and many others. We'll also look at operating without a budget. Each alternative has pros and cons that I'll list.

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The online budgeting course concludes by revisiting budgeting process challenges and how the tips and alternatives presented in the course can address or mitigate those challenges.

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Are there ways to improve the effectiveness of the investment we make in the budget process? Can we make better budgeting decisions that lead to higher performance?

There are options within and beyond traditional budgeting. Each company should consider these options and decide which could improve their budgeting process. Budgeting has many benefits that we can continue to capture and build upon.

This online budgeting course starts by outlining the benefits and challenges of budgeting. Throughout this course, I'll provide tips and alternative budget systems that can mitigate these challenges and capture more benefits.

Next, you'll learn or revisit some foundational concepts for budgeting. I'll build on these to show the pros and cons of later budgeting tips, ideas, and alternatives.

The master budget is a collection of many sub-budgets. I'll show how these fit together to form an aligned plan to achieve a company's strategic goals. There's a method to the madness of when different types of assumptions and calculations are layered into the budget. However, the process is not entirely sequential. It abounds with iterative loops.

The third section walks step-by-step through the budget formation process. The purpose and role of the budget can best be explained in the context of strategic planning. We'll explore which analyses can be done throughout the year to take pressure off the very busy budgeting season. Some lessons cover the nuts and bolts of budget reporting and budgeting tools.

I'll explore a series of budgeting alternatives in the final section of the course. We'll look at rolling forecasts, zero-based budgeting, activity-based budgeting, and many others. We'll also look at operating without a budget. Each alternative has pros and cons that I'll list.

Each lesson in this section gives an overview of the budget alternative to help you decide whether you want to pursue that alternative further. Even if you don't fully adopt these alternatives, you can find ideas to improve your budgeting process.

The online budgeting course concludes by revisiting budgeting process challenges and how the tips and alternatives presented in the course can address or mitigate those challenges.

The course author has been the CFO, SVP of Finance, or Director of Operations of companies with just a few employees to companies with $3 billion in assets and hundreds of employees. He's led, facilitated, or participated in the budgeting process many times.  

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This course is divided into four chapters. Chapter 1 identifies the common financial shenanigans demonstrated with a series of real-life cases and addressed ongoing financial reporting issues (e.g., restatements, SEC enforcement actions). The failure of corporate governance and auditor’s role in Enron’s collapse are also discussed. Chapter 2 explains the basic accounting rules for stock-based compensation. It also identifies regulations that protect investors from unethical business practices. Chapter 3 focuses on the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley Act including the creation of PCAOB, reforms of corporate America, and improvements in audit quality. It also discusses internal control reporting requirements, the role of the audit committee, and disclosure controls and personal accountability.  Chapter 4 identifies ways to promote high levels of accountability and transparency. It explains the importance of business ethics and corporate social responsibility. It also discusses the role of good corporate governance in protecting shareholder value.

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The third section walks step-by-step through the budget formation process. The purpose and role of the budget can best be explained in the context of strategic planning. We'll explore which analyses can be done throughout the year to take pressure off the very busy budgeting season. Some lessons cover the nuts and bolts of budget reporting and budgeting tools.

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Each lesson in this section gives an overview of the budget alternative to help you decide whether you want to pursue that alternative further. Even if you don't fully adopt these alternatives, you can find ideas to improve your budgeting process.

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This online budgeting course starts by outlining the benefits and challenges of budgeting. Throughout this course, I'll provide tips and alternative budget systems that can mitigate these challenges and capture more benefits.

Next, you'll learn or revisit some foundational concepts for budgeting. I'll build on these to show the pros and cons of later budgeting tips, ideas, and alternatives.

The master budget is a collection of many sub-budgets. I'll show how these fit together to form an aligned plan to achieve a company's strategic goals. There's a method to the madness of when different types of assumptions and calculations are layered into the budget. However, the process is not entirely sequential. It abounds with iterative loops.

The third section walks step-by-step through the budget formation process. The purpose and role of the budget can best be explained in the context of strategic planning. We'll explore which analyses can be done throughout the year to take pressure off the very busy budgeting season. Some lessons cover the nuts and bolts of budget reporting and budgeting tools.

I'll explore a series of budgeting alternatives in the final section of the course. We'll look at rolling forecasts, zero-based budgeting, activity-based budgeting, and many others. We'll also look at operating without a budget. Each alternative has pros and cons that I'll list.

Each lesson in this section gives an overview of the budget alternative to help you decide whether you want to pursue that alternative further. Even if you don't fully adopt these alternatives, you can find ideas to improve your budgeting process.

The online budgeting course concludes by revisiting budgeting process challenges and how the tips and alternatives presented in the course can address or mitigate those challenges.

The course author has been the CFO, SVP of Finance, or Director of Operations of companies with just a few employees to companies with $3 billion in assets and hundreds of employees. He's led, facilitated, or participated in the budgeting process many times.  

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Its All about Your Bottom Line: Developing Accounts Payable Issues and Practices (Course Id 848)

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Author : Mary S Schaeffer, MBA
Course Length : Pages: 120 ||| Review Questions: 39 ||| Final Exam Questions: 55
CPE Credits : 11.0
IRS Credits : 0
Price : $97.95
Passing Score : 70%
Course Type: NASBA QAS - Text - NASBA Registry
Technical Designation: Technical
Primary Subject-Field Of Study:

Accounting - Accounting for Course Id 848

Description :

Both the business world and more specifically, the accounts payable function are going through a massive upheaval. These changes, if not recognized and dealt with appropriately and in a timely manner can have a huge negative impact on any organization’s bottom line. This course takes a deep dive into the developing issues impacting the AP function of every company. The issues evaluated in this course are critical to those who want to run a cost-effective, efficient, fraud-resistant AP function.

Usage Rank : 19545
Release : 2015
Version : 1.0
Prerequisites : None
Experience Level : Overview
Additional Contents : Complete, no additional material needed.
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Advance Preparation : None
Delivery Method : QAS Self Study
Intended Participants : Anyone needing Continuing Professional Education (CPE).
Revision Date : 01-Mar-2024
NASBA Course Declaration : Participants must complete the final examination within one year of purchase and with a minimum passing grade of 70% or better to receive CPE credit unless otherwise noted on the Course History page (i.e. California Ethics must score 90% or better). After logging in click on the Course History links on your My Courses page for the Begin date and Expire date for the Final Exam.
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NASBA QAS - Text - NASBA Registry - 848

Keywords : Accounting, Its, about, Your, Bottom, Line, Developing, Accounts, Payable, Issues, Practices, cpe, cpa, online course
Learning Objectives :

Course Learning Objectives

    • Pinpoint problems that arise when best practices are ignored in AP
    • Implement a best practice AP policy
    • Create procedures that address new issues impacting AP function
    • Create a best practice policy to address new invoice receipt issues
    • Develop an efficient process to handle emailed invoices
    • Devise a plan to weed out duplicate copies of the same invoice
    • Implement an ACH payment program
    • Develop a policy to use ACH to handle all Rush payments
    • Build a process to supply remittance information with ACH payments
    • Expand an existing ACH payment program
    • Develop strategies to convince suppliers to accept electronic payments
    • Avoid the hidden surprises that can destroy an ACH payment program
    • Create a best practice receipt requirement policy
    • Use a new receipt policy to deter fraud and identify expense report abusers
    • Identify common tricks used by some employees to pad their expense reports
    • Develop procedures to prevent your company from being hurt by ACH fraud
    • Implement a vendor portal to improve AP’s efficiency
    • Utilize a self-service policy suppliers’ information
    • Eliminate the possibility of change of account fraud
    • Create a scoreboard to monitor AP activity
    • Utilize big data to better analyze procurement data
    • Take advantage of data analytics to improve payment and payables functions
    • Pinpoint all the issues that need to be addressed in a BYOD policy
    • Create a realistic BYOD policy that addresses your company’s needs
    • Identify common BYOD concerns and develop policies to address them
    • Pinpoint the reasons internal controls fail and address them
    • Identify the control problems in the payment process
    • Spot the control problems in the AP process
    • Detect common control issues around personnel
    • Recognize new terminology and technology in use in AP
    • Reorganize the AP function to take advantage of new technology
    • Implement procedures to ensure compliance with all the regulatory issues
    • Create a Dynamic Discounting program
    • Pinpoint the skill sets and personnel likely to be successful in AP in the future
    • Implement a customer service approach in the AP department
    • Identify the needed skills you or your staff might

Chapter 1
Changing Best Practices: No Longer a Static Set of Rules

    • Pinpoint problems that arise when best practices are ignored in AP
    • Implement a best practice AP policy
    • Create procedures that address new issues impacting AP function

Chapter 2
The Evolution in the Invoice Environment

    • Create a best practice policy to address new invoice receipt issues
    • Develop an efficient process to handle emailed invoices
    • Develop a game plan to stop vendors from sending multiple copies of the same invoice
    • Devise a plan to weed out duplicate copies of the same invoice

Chapter 3
The Business Community Takes a Giant Step away from Paper Checks: Electronic Payments

    • Implement an ACH payment program
    • Develop a policy to use ACH to handle all Rush payments
    • Build a process to effectively supply remittance information with electronic payments

Chapter 4
Electronic Payments: Expansion and Innovation

    • Expand an existing ACH payment program
    • Develop strategies to convince suppliers to accept electronic payments
    • Avoid the hidden surprises that can destroy an ACH payment program

Chapter 5
Expense Reimbursement Receipts: The Bombshell Issue Many Don’t Expect

    • Create a best practice receipt requirement policy
    • Utilize the new meal receipt policy to combat fraud and abuse
    • Use a new receipt policy to deter fraud and identify expense report abusers

Chapter 6
Emerging Payment Frauds, both Large and Small

    • Identify common tricks used by some employees to pad their expense reports
    • Develop procedures to prevent your organization from being hurt by electronic payment fraud
    • Prevent employees from submitting the cost of gift cards for personal use on their expense reports

Chapter 7
Vendor Portals in Accounts Payable

    • Implement a vendor portal to improve AP’s efficiency
    • Utilize a self-service policy suppliers’ information
    • Eliminate the possibility of change of account fraud

Chapter 8
Advances in Technologies Provide New Data Insights

    • Create a scoreboard to monitor AP activity
    • Utilize big data to better analyze procurement data
    • Take advantage of data analytics to improve payment and payables functions

Chapter 9
Unique Challenges Created by Personal Devices (Smartphone, Tablets and Who Knows What Else)

    • Pinpoint all the issues that need to be addressed in a BYOD policy
    • Create a realistic BYOD policy that addresses your company’s needs
    • Identify common BYOD concerns and develop policies to address them

Chapter 10
Often-Overlooked Internal Control Breakdowns

    • Pinpoint the reasons internal controls fail and address them
    • Identify the control problems in the payment process
    • Spot the control problems in the AP process
    • Detect common control issues around personnel

Chapter 11
The New Vocabulary in Use in Accounts Payable (and Elsewhere in the Business Community)

    • Recognize new terminology and technology in use in AP

Chapter 12
The Accounts Payable Function of Tomorrow

    • Reorganize the AP function to take advantage of new technology
    • Implement new procedures to ensure the company can do comply with all the regulatory reporting required
    • Create a Dynamic Discounting program

Chapter 13
The Future of the Professionals Working in and Managing the Accounts Payable Function

    • Pinpoint the skill sets and personnel likely to be successful in AP in the future
    • Implement a customer service approach in the AP department
Course Contents :

Chapter 1: Changing Best Practices: No Longer a Static Set of Rules

Chapter 2: The Evolution in the Invoice Environment

Chapter 3: The Business Community Takes a Giant Step away from Paper Checks: Electronic Payments

Chapter 4: Electronic Payments: Expansion and Innovation

Chapter 5: Expense Reimbursement Receipts: The Bombshell Issue Many Don’t Expect

Chapter 6: Emerging Payment Frauds, both Large and Small

Chapter 7: Vendor Portals in Accounts Payable

Chapter 8: Advances in Technologies Provide New Data Insights

Chapter 9: Unique Challenges Created by Personal Devices (Smartphones and Tablets)

Chapter 10: Often-Overlooked Internal Control Breakdowns

Chapter 11: The New Vocabulary in Use in Accounts Payable (and Elsewhere in the Business Community)

Chapter 12: The Accounts Payable Function of Tomorrow

Chapter 13: The Future of the Professionals Working in and Managing the Accounts Payable Function

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