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Welcome to The Accounts Receivable Network (TARN), the essential, all-inclusive power resource for thousands of accounts receivable managers, collectors, directors, controllers and vice presidents. TARN's must-have downloadable tools, research and special reports will help you optimize receivable processes, maximize ROI, evaluate and implement the latest technologies, meet emerging compliance demands and prevent fraud. Representative TARN Member Organizations. Take a 3-minute Site Tour now.

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Automate Deduction Management

Why Automate Deduction Management
Short Pays & Deductions
Is 2015 the year you’ve resolved to finally get on top of those deductions and short pays that drain your AR department’s time and resources while adding costs? If so, implementing an appropriate automation solution will be a key part of achieving your goal. Within the framework of an overall best practice approach to deduction management (including tracking of such key metrics as Days Deductions Outstanding—DDO), automation is an absolutely critical component for successfully managing and controlling deductions.
Why Automating Deduction Management Should be an AR Goal

Year End Close

Top 10 Business Bankruptcies of 2014: What Are the Lessons for AR?
U.S. commercial bankruptcies have trended significantly downward over the last few years, and for 2014 are on track to reach levels not seen since before the Great Recession. However, while this is definitely good news, AR and credit professionals should hold off on any premature celebrations, as there are several worrisome trends in this year’s data.
Top 10 Business Bankruptcies of 2014: What Are the Lessons for AR?

Year End Close

AR Year-End Close
AR Policies
It's time once again for AR professionals to begin planning for the all-important year-end close. Taking the right preparatory steps now can go a long way toward helping to make December a less grueling and tension-filled month.
Are You Ready for the AR Year-End Close?

Benchmark Survey
New Benchmark Survey
How integrated are your order-to-cash functions? Few have single-point ownership or even overview. For Credit and AR, many organizations utilize shared service centers. Some organizations outsource some functions. Meanwhile, various types of process automation have been implemented in a percentage of organizations as well, but to what extent does it correlate with better performance? Participate in TARN's latest survey:
Order to Cash Integration, Automation & Key Metrics

Recognizing a Customer in Distress
Helping a Customer in Financial Distress
AR Management | Credit
Once the AR or credit professional determines that a customer is in financial distress, they must tailor their response to the specific circumstances. If the customer accounts for a small portion of your sales (and that situation is very unlikely to change), the range of options is simpler. The far greater challenge is in responding to a customer in financial distress that is a major long-term customer.
Recognizing—and if Warranted, Helping—a Customer in Financial Distress: Part 2

Recognizing a Customer in Distress
Recognizing a Customer in Financial Distress
AR Management | Credit
In an economy that has still not fully recovered from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, credit and AR professionals continue to face challenges in identifying customers that are experiencing financial distress—and in responding proactively to that information to protect their own companies.
Recognizing—and if Warranted, Helping—a Customer in Financial Distress: Part 1

TARN Membership earns 5 certification CEUs
Upcoming Events

Order to Cash Summit
Chicago, IL • June 17-19, 2015
Organizations are under pressure like never before to better manage their cash. That’s why IOFM/TARN created the first-of-its-kind Order to Cash (OTC) Summit. The 2015 IOFM OTC Summit will feature best practices and forward-looking strategies for optimizing the order-to-cash cycle, including accounts receivables processes. The event will offer peer-driven case studies, panels and roundtable discussions offering actionable strategies.

Payments Summit
Chicago, IL • June 17-19, 2015
IOFM/TARN’s Payments Summit will examine the opportunities, challenges and business drivers for emerging payments automation technologies and processes. Billers and banks need strategies for managing multiple payment channels and transitioning their remittance and lockbox operations from paper checks to multi-channel electronic payment inputs.

For more information on the upcoming events see the Event Calendar.
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Order to Cash (O-T-C) -The cycle or steps in the accounts receivable process; it starts with the sales order and ends when payment (cash) is received.
See TARN's Glossary for definitions of accounts receivable-related terms and accounting terminology.

Accounts Receivable Calculators
Links to several useful calculators.
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Full Members Only Why Automating Deduction Management Should Be an AR Goal

Full Members Only Sales and Use Tax Rate Update - January 2015

Full Members Only Top 10 Business Bankruptcies of 2014: What Are the Lessons for AR?

Full Members Only Are You Ready for the AR Year-End Close?

Full Members Only Recognizing—And, If Warranted, Helping—a Customer in Financial Distress: Part 2

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