New G/L Posting Program in SAP ERP 6.0 Requires Attention During Upgrades

  • by Clay Molinari, SAP HR Consultant, C&C Savant, Inc.
  • January 15, 2008
Evaluate the differences between the old G/L posting program and the new program available in SAP ERP 6.0. See how third-party posting processes affect your decision to switch processes and prepare your organization for various business scenarios.
Key Concept

Program RPCIPE00 is a new Financial Accounting (FI) posting method in SAP ERP 6.0. The old posting program (RPCIPE00_OLD) requires custom rules and wage types to meet business needs. For example, the old program can only categorize wage types by tax authority. The flexible, new posting program eliminates excessive customization and enables organizations to use different general ledger (G/L) accounts for each tax company. If your company is upgrading to SAP ERP 6.0, you need to consider how third-party processes fit into the new posting process.

SAP ERP 6.0 contains a completely rewritten posting program to transfer payroll data to the general ledger (G/L). New configuration tables are available and the setup for posting tax wage types is greatly simplified. However, a new link between the Financial Accounting (FI) posting process and the third-party posting process complicates the setup process.

Organizations can no longer dive in and set up the new FI posting configuration without deciding if they intend to implement third-party postings as well. Whether or not your company uses the third-party posting process likely determines whether your organization should switch from the old method of posting taxes to the new method in SAP ERP 6.0.

Most SAP system users prefer to post tax amounts in different G/L accounts based on tax authority. For example, there may be one account to track federal taxes withheld and another account to track specific state taxes withheld. Prior to SAP ERP 6.0, this scenario could only be achieved by using custom rules in the payroll schema to generate a group of custom wage types that hold tax amounts split by tax authority.

Clay Molinari

Clay Molinari has 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has been working as an SAP HR consultant since 1997. He is currently president of C&C Savant, Inc., an SAP consulting firm that specializes in combining standard SAP configuration and custom ABAP programming to help its clients solve unique or complicated requirements.

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