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3114399 - Allocating Amounts Between Profit Centers in Universal Allocation


You can't create an allocation cycle in the profit center allocation context with a primary or secondary cost element account type for posting.




Within the Profit Center context in universal allocation, amounts are allocated between different profit centers.  In this context, the G/L account types applicable for allocation are restricted to the following:

  • N Non-operating expenses/income
  • X Balance sheet accounts

The Manage Allocations app won’t allow you to use different G/L account types other than N or X for posting.


In the postings within the Profit Center context, there are no references to cost objects. Because of that, the Manage Allocations app won’t allow you to use different G/L account types besides N or X for posting. Primary and secondary cost elements (G/L account types P and S) can’t be used because they require a cost object reference. This is in accordance with the Universal Journal concept and architecture.

Within the Profit Center allocation context, you can only use the P and S G/L account types in the following scenarios:

  • To determine the balance on the sender side when using the Posted Amounts sender rule in Overhead Allocation.
  • To determine the basis for allocating a portion to the receiver when using the Variable Portions receiver rule.

You can't use those G/L account types in any other scenario within the Profit Center context.


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