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2917753 - Unposted Source Document - Profit center not allowed for company


A document, for example a Supplier Invoice or Goods and Services Receipt appears as Unposted Source Document ABC (ABC represents the document ID) with the error message:

"Profit center BBB (BBB represents a Profit Center number) not allowed for company AAA (AAA represents the Company ID)"

You do not understand why the system picks the Profit Center BBB. You expect to have the Profit Center of company AAA.


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to the General Ledger workcenter.
  2. Go to the Source Document view.
  3. Search for the document ABC.

You can see the error message "Profit center BBB not allowed for company AAA".


The goods and service receipt or supplier invoice is created from purchase Order. When the journal entry is created for these documents, then the system needs to derive a profit centre. Depending on the information in the purchase order, the profit center is derived as follows :

1) The system checks for a cost center in purchase order to derive the Profit Center.

2) If there is no Cost center maintained in the purchase order, then the system checks for the business residence, i.e. the Ship-To/Service Location. In this case, the Ship-To/Service Location ZZZ (ZZZ represents a Partner Account) is used, which belongs to Company BBB rather than AAA. This way, the profit center derived actually doesn't belong to the buying company of Invoice/Goods and Service receipt and hence you see the error message in the Source Document.

3) If the above options are not enough to derive the Profit center then the system checks for Default Profit Center specified in the Profit Center Derivation by Product Category for  Inventory under Profit Center Derivation fine tune activity.


Follow the below steps to maintain the Default Profit Center:

  1. Go to Business Configuration work center.
  2. Click on Overview.
  3. Search for the Activity - Profit Center Derivation.
  4. Click on Profit Center Derivation by Product Category for  Inventory.
  5. In the new screen maintain a Profit Center for Company BBB. 

After the above changes, you can post the Source Document:

  1. Go to General Ledger work center.
  2. Click on Source Documents view
  3. Select Source Document ABC
  4. Press Actions - Post Business Transaction.

See Also

Help Center Document Derivation of Profit Center and Segments


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