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SAP Central Finance 2020 (Preview)

As you are aware that from now onwards SAP has changed the release pattern of SAP S/4HANA O Premise systems. Previously it was like 1709, 1809, 1909 (YYMM) but from now onwards it will be YYYY so the upcoming release is SAP S/4HANA 2020 and next may be S/4HANA 2021.

In this blog we will discuss the core features introduced in SAP Central Finance area with the upcoming release.


  • Ledger Posting – Documents from the Non-SAP source system can now be posted into a predefined ledger group in S4. If any ERP is used for local accounting/reporting then the data can be replicated to S/4HANA and can post only to the allocated ledger for local reporting and no impact on leading ledger data set.


  • Deferred Taxes – With Release 2020 the initial load of open items is changed for documents which involves deferred tax codes. As all open items are generally transferred without relevant tax information, the entries in the DEFTAX_ITEM table are not created correctly in the Central system. Due to this the invoices relevant for deferred taxes from the open items or balance phase are now transferred as financial postings as previously it was transferred as open items. Also a rectification/correction document is posted in the receiver system (CFIN) which ensures that the balances of all affected accounts are correct. It can be identified with the document header text DEFTAX correction document. Important to note that these correction document are not relevant for business operations. Users should not change, delete or reset such documentsAfter completion of Initial Load user need to execute the report  – RFINS_CFIN_CORR_DEFTAX_ITEM. Replication of documents should not be started until the report execution is complete.

    What this report do?

    This report update and adjust the deferred tax data in table DEFTAX_ITEM as during initial load all the entries are not created. Additional Reports to be executed during ongoing replication

    • Deferred tax toolbox RFUMSV53
    • Deferred tax transfer report RFUMSV50 in test mode


    • Switching to the Central Payment Scenario will not be supported if the Initial Load has been done before implementing the new deferred tax functionality.
    • Reset clearing of documents from open items or from the balance phase are not supported in central system.
    • The Central Reversal with Repost functionality of Central Finance cannot handle documents relevant for deferred taxes.


  • Document Splitting – No need to have document splitting in ECC source system. It can directly be done in S/4HANA system when document is replicated . So age old systems without document splitting can be easily connected to SAP S/4HANA getting the advantage of Central Finance. It will also help to implement segment or profit centre reporting without a huge data conversion exercise as it was done in any CFIN projects


  • Central Budgeting (Internal Orders) – In SAP Central Finance 2020, the budget on Internal Orders can be managed centrally rather managing it in different source systems. With Central Budgeting a remote budget check from a source system to the Central Finance system will be active during the posting process. The remote budget check which runs during posting in a source system considers the Customizing settings that you made in the Central Finance system for the budget profile and the tolerance limits for the availability control

Key Features

  • Central mechanism to manage internal order budgeting
  • Central Reporting available for budgets in one system
  • Lock concept to enforce the tolerance limits and availability control Customizing settings of a Central Finance system in a source system
  • Remote budget check – Real and online via RFC
  • Supports 1:1 and N:1 mapping cardinality
  • Central budget can be created for mapping scenarios such as 1:1 mapping of internal orders as well as N:1 mapping from one source system to a Central Finance system.


  • Internal Orders replicated via Cost Object Mapping framework are supported
  • KO22 in ECC goes into display mode
  • No standard consistency check available
  • Internal Order to Internal Order mapping is supported
  • Remote check is via RFC. Any interruption will stop posting in ECC

Key Areas to Note

  • Company Codes & Internal Order types should be listed out
  • Cutover date is important to consider
  • Source systems budget will not be used anymore
  • A transfer report for budget created in a source system which should be transferred to the Central Finance system is not available .
  • A clean-up report for budget already created in the source system is not available and after you activated the Customizing for Central Budgeting for Internal Orders,
  • Transaction KO22 will only allow display as it used to allow change of budget in ECC previously.

This is just a preview and more to come as release is available.


This post will be updated

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      Author's profile photo Manuel Robalinho
      Manuel Robalinho

      Nice information!


      Author's profile photo Roberta Fernandes
      Roberta Fernandes

      Thanks a lot Nitin Gupta , for these material you have shared with me and driven to study CFin these days.

      You are good friend.

      Roberta Fernandes

      Author's profile photo Sonja Reinhardt
      Sonja Reinhardt

      Dear Nitin Gupta,

      Please note that there is some incorrect information in your blog post. I would like to ask you to change them.

      Ledger Specific Posting: this will now be enabled for the Third-Party System Interface, not an ECC Source System.

      Deferred Taxes: Please note, that this functionality will now additionally be enabled for the Initial Load.

      Budgeting: Central Budgeting is only available for Internal Orders.


      Thank you,


      Author's profile photo AMIT Lal
      AMIT Lal

      SAP Central Finance 2020 add-on can be installed on top of S/4HANA Enterprise Mgt. 2020 platform on-premise, possible?

      I'm reading FAQ point #4,  on SAP Note -2184567 - Central Finance: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

      What do I need to install?
      Central Finance is part of SAP S/4HANA, and thus no additional installation is required. We strongly recommend that you install the latest support package on the Central Finance system.

      Thank you,