The CFO'S Perspective

Vendor Management – Pay Now or Pay Later?

Effective cash flow management requires careful control of both money coming in and going out. While practices like shortening payment terms, offering variable pricing, and pursuing collections can increase the timeliness and amount of money coming in, delaying payments to vendors can slow cash outflows, providing the float needed to sustain operations during difficult times.

In an article about re-opening your business, Jeff Dunn explains succinctly, “Determine which vendors are critical to your day-to-day operations and pay them as timely as possible; which are important but can be paid slowly; and which are not important going forward that will be paid when able.”

How do you decide who to pay now and who to pay later, and how do you abide by vendor management best practices while doing both? This quick guide will help you answer those questions to improve your cash flow position right away.

Topics: Planning Cash Flow Expenses Strategy COVID-19

Accounting is a Team Sport

Repeat after me…

Accounting is a team sport."  

This has been my mantra for the past 30 years and it’s as important and true now as it was 30 years ago.  What I have learned in my 30+ years as a CFO is that accounting works best when it is integrated with the management team and you will never be at your best if your accounting team works in a silo.    

Topics: Accounting Staffing Leadership Expenses

What Does It Cost a Business to Maintain Tax Compliance?

We are continuing on the topic of tax compliance from the previous article.

If there is one thing most of us can agree on, it is that this nation's tax code is complicated! In 1955, the Internal Revenue Code was just 409,000 words, which already sounds daunting. By 2017, it had ballooned to nearly six times that size, clocking in at over 2.4 million words. According to the Tax Foundation, there are also roughly 60,000 pages of tax-related case law that are vital to understanding this nation's tax code.

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax."
- Albert Einstein

Topics: Taxes Legal Expenses