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2973423 - Error 'Can’t bill item category &2 in SD docs of type &1 using billing type &3' - S/4HANA Cloud


You try to create an order related billing document. At the time of invoice creation the program shows the error message VF003 for these items:

  • Can’t bill item category &2 in SD docs of type &1 using billing type &3.



Reproducing the Issue

  1. Create the billing document through Create Billing Documents - VF01 app

  2. Check the error log

  3. See error message (Message Identification: VF, System Message Number: 003)


When creating the billing document, the system checks that the copying control entry for the item categories are available against the sales order type. If certain item categories are missing from the copying control settings, the system issues the error message VF003 for the affected item. Despite the fact that the sales order item is not billing relevant, the error message is raised.

Example for order related scenario: Sales document type 'OR', Item category 'TAX' (Billing Relevance 'A' - Delivery-related billing document), Billing document type 'F2' - the following error is raised:

  • VF003 - Can’t bill item category TAX in SD docs of type TA using billing type F2.

The reason for this error is that the item category TAX is Delivery-related billing relevant, therefore no copying control for Sales Document to Billing Document exists for the following combination:

  • Target billing type: F2 Invoice
  • From sales document type: OR Standard Order
  • Item Category: TAX


The system is behaving as designed.

Considering the example mentioned above: As item category TAX is a delivery related billing item, the billing creation should take reference to delivery document instead of sales order document.

You may consider to follow the scope item. If the process is not available in best practices, but it is something necessary for your business, please contact your CSM or PE to raise a feature request if needed. See the detailed process in note 2963059 - How to Submit Feature Requests for SAP S/4HANA Cloud Product.

See Also


VF003, VF 003, cannot be invoiced with billing type, 102762, copying control, item category, billing relevance, copy-control, copy control, TAN, TA TAN, TAX , KBA , SD-BIL-2CL , Billing (Public Cloud) , SD-BIL-IV-2CL , Processing Billing Documents (Public Cloud) , Problem


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