This Time Tomorrow, You Could Be on the Way to a Successful Audit Preparation... With the Free DAta Retention Tool (DART)

  • by Tami Becker, SAP Platinum Consultant
  • March 15, 2002
As preparation for a potential IRS tax audit, tax departments must determine which of their many kinds of business documents and transaction data need to be kept in each of two kinds of formats: Paper-based and Electronic. To meet the Electronic format requirements, many R/3 sites, prior to R/3 release 4.6, required custom ABAP programs to extract and convert the needed business data into reusable, offline files. But the R/3 software now includes a simple tool you can use to design your audit preparation tools - the DART. This article shows you, step by step, how to get the DART up and running.

For U.S. companies, each year the tax department is tasked with an extremely important job, that of determining which of the many kinds of business documents and transaction data need to be kept in each of two kinds of formats — Paper-based and Electronic — as preparation for any potential Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax audit.

To meet the Electronic (i.e., softcopy) format requirements,1 many R/3 sites have paid to have custom ABAP programs written to extract the needed business data and convert that into the reusable, offline files. But, as of R/3 release 4.6, SAP has included free with your software a simple tool you can use to meet this annual business need — the DART. In fact, this time tomorrow, you could be well on your way to designing your Audit Preparation tools.2

All you need is some free time, an R/3 system, and this article.3 After first going over some frequently asked questions, I’ll show you, step by step, how to get the DART up and running.

Tami Becker

Tami has been working with SAP R/3 for about eight years and really enjoys the software and its constant challenges. Her focus has been with reporting, FI, SPL, SAP Enhancements, Euro, DART, Conversions, and now Contract Accounting. There’s never a dull moment with each new release — she hopes you find it as interesting as she does!

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