Skip to Content
author's profile photo Former Member
Former Member

Change Secondary cost element in Primary Cost Element


My client suspect that some cost element initially created as secondary costs elements should be primary costs elements.

What is the best approach to implement this change?

Thanks in advance for you inputs.


Add a comment
10|10000 characters needed characters exceeded

Assigned Tags

Related questions

2 Answers

  • author's profile photo Former Member
    Former Member
    Posted on Dec 18, 2008 at 04:09 PM


    The distinction between primary and secondary cost elements is very clear plus has some system controls. Can you give examples of which cost elements are causing confusion?

    Primary cost elements are based on the GL Accounts of P&L type. These are posted through FI-GL module.

    Secondary cost elements are not directly posted but are posted through either activity types, overhead or assessment.



    Add a comment
    10|10000 characters needed characters exceeded

  • Posted on Dec 19, 2008 at 04:20 PM


    If you have already created a secondary cost element, with the same number you cannot create a GL Account. When you are not able to create a GL Account, the question of creating a Primary Cost Element does not arise with that number.

    You can delete the Seconday cost element, provided if you have not posted any actual data or planned data for that fiscal year. In case if you have posted any actual or planned data for that year, you can delete the cost element in that year, only the next year it can be deleted. Delete the second cost element (if data is not there) and then create a GL Account, now create manually or automatically create it as a PRIMARY cost element.



    Add a comment
    10|10000 characters needed characters exceeded

Before answering

You should only submit an answer when you are proposing a solution to the poster's problem. If you want the poster to clarify the question or provide more information, please leave a comment instead, requesting additional details. When answering, please include specifics, such as step-by-step instructions, context for the solution, and links to useful resources. Also, please make sure that you answer complies with our Rules of Engagement.
You must be Logged in to submit an answer.

Up to 10 attachments (including images) can be used with a maximum of 1.0 MB each and 10.5 MB total.