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Evaluating Expense Fraud in Singapore: How It Costs More Than Just Money

Expense fraud remains a pressing problem for companies globally, especially with the economic downturn brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. With an estimated 13.2% contraction of the economy in the latter half of 2020, the onset of the pandemic has brought about Singapore’s worst economic recession to date.¹ Expense fraud further contributes to significant economic losses for companies that fail to detect it, making it more crucial now than ever to tackle this challenge.

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Discretionary Expense

What is a discretionary expense? Expenses, whether for potential audits or to save money. The term discretionary expense indicates a cost that is not essential to the functioning of a business or organization. In a corporate or organizational environment, this kind of expense is associated with improving standing with customers, clients, and/or employees, and is often considered important for long-term profitability. However, it remains a type of spending that is not strictly necessary, meaning that the business could still function even if all discretionary spending stops. A business or organization has the “discretion” or choice when it comes to this kind of expense, for example, meals at restaurants or entertainment costs. It is important to have an efficient system for filing and tracking these and other kinds of expenses.

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The weak points of Excel for corporate finance processes

When we look at the history, MS Excel was released by Microsoft way back in 1985 and it is fair to say that Excel has transformed the world of accounting and business in that time. But since then the world has changed dramatically and according to the Wall Street Journal, a lot of large companies are phasing out Microsoft Excel nowadays¹. CFOs of such companies like Adobe or ABM Industries complain that their employees take too much time to work with Excel accounting spreadsheets.

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Expense reports and VAT: how to optimise your business cash flow?

Reclaiming VAT on expense reports is a major issue for companies. Expense report management software is a powerful optimisation tool available to companies. The configuration should also be adapted to the company, however, otherwise the technology will not deliver its full potential. Claudia Marie-Huet, VAT manager at Ayming, explains the importance of expense report management software and configuring them to optimise VAT recovery. 

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