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2369562 - A Numeric Entry is Expected in Field Tax Number - Error When Maintaining Business Partner CIF Number


You are entering the Spanish CIF number for a business partner, starting with A or B followed by 8 digits, e.g. A12345678.
An error message appears: A numeric entry is expected in field Tax number.
The CIF number, however has to start with either an A or B: If you enter a number instead of the letter, e.g. 012345678 another error message appears: In field Tax number, a letter is expected in position 1 or 9.

Reproducing the Issue

  1. In the Supplier Base workcenter navigate to the Suppliers view.
  2. Find the respective supplier and press Edit - Financial Data.
  3. Navigate to the Tax Data sub-tab.
  4. In the Country field enter ES-Spain.
  5. In the Tax Number Type field select CIF Number.
  6. In the Tax Number field enter the CIF number, e.g. A12345678.
  7. An error message appears: A numeric entry is expected in field Tax number.


The tax number check rules have been changed for Spain to only accept numerical values in the Countries Fine Tune task.


To be able to accept alphanumeric values for tax numbers you need to change a rule accepting such values:

  1. In the Business Configuration workcenter navigate to the Implementation Projects view to open the Activity List.
  2. Go to the Fine-Tune phase and find and open the Countries activity (If your system is live open this activity from the Overview view via Change Immediately).
  3. In the table select ES-Spain.
  4. Navigate to the Tax Attributes tab.
  5. Here, in field V A T Registration Number Check Rule as well as Tax Number One Check Rule change the rule back to rule 3 - Length to be kept to exactly, without gaps (the standard setting).
  6. After this you will be able to save alphanumeric tax numbers for Spanish Business partners.


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