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Accounting based COPA

Hi co experts,

In COPA divided two ways one is costing based copa and another one is accounting based copa

I have worked in costing based copa.

My query is in which situation we can use accounting based copa and what are the settings I have do in STD SAP,

Kindly explain the total accounting based copa concept and required settings



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    Posted on Nov 26, 2009 at 01:52 PM


    It is strongly recommended, however, that you do not activate both types of CO-PA. The

    major reason being is that you will have significant table size impacts. You must be careful

    with account based CO-PA as this creates additional line items in the existing CO tables of

    COEP (actual), COEJ (plan), COSP & COSS (summary records). Hence if you want to do any

    cost center reporting, say, from any of these existing tables you will run the risk that

    performance will be degraded by these additional and unnecessary records.

    The only advantage of account based over costing based CO-PA is it's ability to

    automatically reconcile back to FI, in much the same manner as you would reconcile

    cost center accounting back to FI. However you don't have the flexibility in account

    based CO-PA to perform valuations using product cost estimates etc. as you do in

    costing based CO-PA. If the reason you were advised to turn on account based CO-PA

    as well as costing based was to facilitate reconciliation, it is suggested that you look

    at alternatives that won't have the same negative impacts that turning on account

    based would have. In addition to the serious table space issues, it is not that easy to

    turn on and off account based at will (especially in production).

    Instead what you should look at doing is creating a series of reports that enable you to

    reconcile costing based CO-PA back to CCA/PCA and FI, if this is required. The complexity

    of the costing based functionality you have used will determine the complexity of the

    reports that will be needed to reconcile back, but it can be done without turning on

    account based CO-PA.


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      This is the very reason why people use account based copa because COGS is recognized in COPA at the point of posting and not until the billing time. Please activate account based copa to achieve your requirement.

      Also check this note 1167439 is you want to achieve this using costing based copa.

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