Mastering AP Internal Controls: How to Reduce Risk and Prevent Fraud

Schedule Thursday, June 23, 2022 || 10:00 AM PST | 01:00 PM EST
Duration 90 Mins
Level Basic & Intermediate & Advanced
Webinar ID IQW22D0444

Topics covered include: 

  • COSO and the COSO framework and its approach to risk assessment and control system development.
  • The importance of defining business objectives.
  • Key considerations in establishing internal controls.  
  • The importance of the control environment and how it can be fostered and maintained.   
  • Various internal control classification schemes and how cross-classification can help identify best practices.  
  • Examples of internal controls and using classification schemes. 
  • The importance of a data security plan.   
  • The Federal Trade Commission’s key principles of a sound data security plan.
  • How to apply the FTC principles. 
  • The importance of staff training in establishing the control environment and in the effectiveness of the control system.

Overview of the webinar

Accounts payable is not only responsible for control of cash paid by the business, but also handles sensitive vendor information such as tax ID numbers.  Adequate internal control is an essential element of accounts payable operations. Controls serve to protect company assets including company reputation through protection of sensitive information and processes.  Controls provide assurance that company records are accurate and complete. They monitor compliance with company policy and compliance with legal and contractual obligations and measure progress toward achievement of organizational objectives.

In addition controls can result in cost savings through assessment and improvement of operational efficiency as well as the prevention, detection and mitigation of errors and fraud. 

Who should attend?

  • Accounts Payable Supervisors and Personnel
  • Systems Consultants
  • Public Accountants
  • Internal Auditors
  • Tax Compliance Officers
  • Enrolled Agents
  • Officers and Managers with Accounts Payable Compliance Oversight
  • Company / Business Owners
  • Managers/ Supervisors
  • Public Agency Managers
  • Audit and Compliance Personnel / Risk Managers. 

Why should you attend?

With the rise in asset losses through fraud schemes targeting accounts payable, account payable professionals who have the knowledge and skills to identify control risks and suggest appropriate solutions are in demand. In this webinar you will you will learn how to how to develop and use detective, preventive and corrective internal controls to mitigate risk, ensure information system security and prevent fraud.

The session will cover organized approaches to development of internal control systems and controls based on the COSO frameworks, including risk assessment, development of the control environment, training of employees, and the objectives of the business. It will also discuss how to identify opportunities to improve internal controls that aid in achieving the objectives of the business and you can use the need for SOX compliance to facilitate implementation of control improvements.

Participants will learn how to how to develop and use detective, preventive and corrective internal controls to mitigate risk, ensure information system security and prevent fraud.

Faculty - Mr.Patrick A. Haggerty

Patrick A. Haggerty is a tax practitioner, author, and educator. His work experience includes nonprofit organization management, banking,manufacturing accounting, and tax practice. He began teaching accounting at the college level in 1988. He is licensed as an Enrolled Agent by the U. S. Treasury to represent tax payers at all administrative levels of the IRS and is a Certified Management Accountant. He has written numerous articles and a monthly question and answer column for payroll publications. In addition, he regularly develops and presents webinars and presentations on a variety of topics including payroll tax issues, FLSA compliance, and information return reporting.

Credits

HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). Please make note of the activity ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org

ComplianceIQ is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for [1.5] PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

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