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Author's profile photo J. Pazahanick

New W2 and ESS Functionality for US Payroll

I attended the annual SAP U.S. Payroll & Tax Reporting Year End Update through ASUG earlier this week which was full of useful information for SAP customers as always. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that online W2’s is on SAP’s roadmap for 2011.

This has probably been the most requested item for US Payroll customers for the past 10 years and I have personally put in multiple development requests for different customers over that timeframe. This was functionality that SAP should have addressed many years ago but unfortunately there has been limited focus on adding new pieces of functionality to US payroll.

The tentative plan from SAP is to start development in March, 2011, offer a pilot program for customers in July, 2011 and have the product available for release in the middle of September 2011. If customers would like to take part in the pilot program they should enter a low priority note under XX-CSC-US with a subject of “Online W-2 – Pilot Testing”. I know several companies who have already included it in their business planning for 2011 and I would expect this to have better than normal adoption for a new offering.

The details are very scarce at this point but what is known is that this new functionality will be based on Web Dynpro for ABAP (WD4A) and will require Enhancement Package 5 (EHP5). SAP has recently published their roadmap for this new functionality which can be accessed via and I will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

US Payroll customers should reach out and thank Mani Kak who is the product manager for HCM US as she has done a lot of work behind the scenes to get online W-2’s included in the roadmap and this is a good example of SAP listening to the community as they enhance their software offering.

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      Author's profile photo Suresh Datti
      Suresh Datti
      Peoplesoft had it all along.. never too late anyway.. I understand it will be WDA based and will be using an (Adobe) PrintForm, but why does it require the customers to be on EHP5?
      Author's profile photo Jarret Pazahanick
      Jarret Pazahanick
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      Hi Suresh

      I could agree more that it is long overdue.

      As far as EHP5 that is the direction that I got from SAP but I hear anything (or you) I will update the blog accordingly.

      That said I think that SAP HCM customers should consider EHP5 though as there is a lot of great new functionality.



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      This whole thing should have been developed long ago!  I used WDA to develop a small webapp for it & it's so simple.  I just wonder why SAP did not spend time to develop this app since they used the same concept & developed paystub webappp.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Jarret,

      I hope you would like to know that this functionality was successfully rolled in. We had a few customers using it for Year-End 2011. Quite a significant number of the customers are planning to use Online W-2 with Year-End 2012.


      Author's profile photo Deborah Moses
      Deborah Moses

      Jarret Pazahanick , is there functionality for the employee to reprint his W2 via the portal? The only process that I can find is just a workflow to the HR Admin to reprint and send to the employee. Can the employee reprint his own W2 through the portal? Thank you.

      Author's profile photo Jarret Pazahanick
      Jarret Pazahanick
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      Check out OSS Note 2668524 - Employee Self-Service W2/W2C Reprint service is showing current year as you will see some details on how to set up  and