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2265232 - Different Fixed Asset's Amount Being Posted to Each Set of Books


You are retiring an asset via complete scrapping. The retirement has to be posted for both (or more) of your set of books, however you notice that the amount being posted to the 'Loss from Fixed Asset Retirement - Account' differs from one set of books to another.


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Fixed Assets work center
  2. Go to Fixed Assets view
  3. Highlight the concerned asset.
  4. Click Manual Posting -> Complete Scrapping
  5. Fill in the required data and simulate the Journal Entry.

You analyze the G/L Account postings in the simulated journal entries and notice different amounts for the set of books.


You have different depreciation methods assigned to the set of book's valuation views. The difference in the loss values account is due to the period control setttings for the corresponding depreciation methods, which behaves differently depending on the kind of transaction (Retirement, Transfer, Acquistion and others) and period control method.

For example: You are posting the retirement on 31.12.2015 (after mid-period).

In case the depreciation method for set of books XXX has a period control method 02, the period control key considered for a Retirement posting is 02-Pro rata up to mid period at period start. This period control key states that the postings till mid-period only would be included for the current period's depreciation calculation. However, the other set of books, YYY, has a depreciation method with period control method 01, hence a period control key for Retirement posting is 01-Pro rata at period start date, which, as per definition, includes the scrapping (retirement) posting within that period even if the posting happens on 31st.

Thereofre, the difference is justifiable. For set of books XXX, the system calculates the depreciation for December as the scrapping (after mid-period) is not considered in this accounting period, which result is a smaller net book value rather than on set of books YYY, where the depreciation is not calculated for this period since the scrapping is considered even with posting on 31st.


The system works as designed. You may refer to the SCN document for further information concerning period control keys.


Fixed Asset, Depreciation, Acquisition, Set of Books. , KBA , SRD-FIN-FA , Fixed Assets , How To


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