SAF-T for Norway: Getting started with SAF-T using SAP S/4HANA for advanced compliance reporting
When you do business in Norway, you need to report business transactional data between companies and external parties such as tax administrations and auditing systems via an XML file, known as Standard Audit File – Taxation (or SAF-T), to be compliant with the Norwegian tax administration regulations (in Norwegian, Skatteetaten).
What the report is about
In Norway, regulatory reporting requires that all businesses with a turnover higher than NOK 5 million, or more than 600 accounting documents per year, are, if they are asked to by the tax authorities, obliged to present their accounting data in SAF-T format. The SAF-T reporting for financial data is known as SAF-T Regnskap.
As of SAP S/4HANA 2020 FPS1, you can generate the SAF-T reporting file using the Run Compliance Reports app with your accounting data. For more information about SAP Document and Reporting Compliance (aka DRC) licenses, please contact your account executive. After the file is generated successfully, you can then send this file to the tax authorities via Altinn, the official Norwegian tax authority’s web portal.
How to configure the report
Before running the SAF-T report, you need to go through some settings.
You find the step by step for these settings on SAP Help Portal, under Configuration for SAF-T.
Done! Now you’re ready to run the SAF-T report.
How to run the report
Find below an example of report run.
For visually impaired readers: The pictures are screenshots of the steps that are described.
1 – In the SAP Fiori Launchpad, choose the Run Compliance Reports app.
2 – Filter for the NO_SAFT_ACCOUNTING report and choose the row of the report you want to execute.
3 – Choose New Run.
4 – Fill in the parameters and choose Run.
5 – Select the generated file and choose Download.
Example of XML output file of the SAF-T report.
How to validate the XML output file
The Skatteetaten requires that the generated files be submitted and validated on their official web portal, Altinn. This portal requires its own registration and enrollment process.
Please refer to the Skatteetaten guidelines for submission of SAF-T files on the Altinn website.
For more information about the SAF-T report, see SAF-T for Norway on SAP Help Portal at help.sap.com/viewer/s4h_op_norway.
In case you need support from SAP about the SAF-T report for Norway, open an incident on SAP Support Portal, under the FI-LOC-SAF-NO component.
Thanks for reading! Now you know what the SAF-T report is about, how to configure and run the report, and how to validate and submit the output XML file. Got any questions? Please leave a comment below or ask questions in the relevant tag Q&A area
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