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Inheritance in New GL


Could some one explain me the purpose/use of inheritance in New Gl Accouting.

I simulated and observed that even if inheritance is not selected in splitting rule, document got split and account assignments splitted based on splitting rules.

So what is the importance of inheritance and where is it used.

Could you please explain with an example.


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  • Posted on Nov 20, 2011 at 09:22 AM

    Dear DSK,

    Document splitting needs to be enabled first at the client level customizing. Once this is enabled, then document splitting can be activated / deactivated in each company code.

    Similarly, 'Inheritance' can be activated which provides the level of detail for a document split.

    For Ex. By activating inheritance one can create a customer invoice from a revenue line item. The business areas or segments are automatically populated in the general ledger view showing the customer and tax line items.

    Activation of 'Inheritance' is recommended with document splitting as this does not require the business to then create 'rules' for business processes to ensure that account assignments are projected.

    Document splitting in New GL can be divided into passive split, active(rule based) split or clearing lines by document. With passive document splitting, during clearing of a document, the account assignments of the items to clear are inherited to the clearing line items. Active splitting works on the principle of defining splitting rules. Splitting rules are configured which are used by SAP to make a document split. Finally, in case of clearing lines, New GL creates clearing lines automatically to achieve a split.

    Document splitting is one of the key functionalities enabled by SAP New GL to help deliver segmented financial statements.

    I hope this satisfies your query



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    • hi

      Inheritance is making sense in some case, for which the active document splitting rule will not work, for example:

      account amount profit center segment

      revenue 476000 50 1402 SEGA

      cash 100000 58 NULL NULL

      tax 154000 8 NULL NULL

      only by 'INHERITANCE'

      account amount profit center segment

      revenue 476000 50 1402 SEGA

      cash 100000 58 1402 SEGA

      tax 154000 8 1402 SEGA

      line item cannot be splitted by rules.

      best regards, Lawrence

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