Accounts payable fiscal year-end close: a 10-step checklist

December 22, 2018 Matt Vermeulen

It’s that time of year again! We know the end of the year is a whirlwind for accounts payable professionals, along with CFOs, controllers, and corporate finance analysts. You need access to timely, accurate, and consistent AP data; especially because of the many internal and external reporting and audit requirements. You can use this kind of information to deliver the best data to your AP department. This will also improve the fiscal closing process for you.

This checklist will provide a toolkit to help you stay organized throughout the entire financial close process. To avoid the chaos at the end of the year, this tool will help you focus on:

  • Roles and responsibilities during the financial close

  • Key metrics, controls, processes, and policies

  • Properly accruing expenses, reconciling accounts, and dealing with reporting variances

In addition, you will receive the following checklists, to help make your closing process even easier! They include:

  • Roles and Responsibility

  • Financial Close Sample Schedule

  • Corporate Transaction Checklist

  • Consolidation Checklist

  • Journal Entry Checklist

About the Author

Matt Vermeulen

Matt Vermeulen writes about B2B commerce for Tradeshift. Whether he's writing about Accounts Payable best practices or debunking AI myths, Matt enjoys making complex topics easy to understand and fun to read.

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