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Online Validation Service: VIES validation with SAP solutions


Hi everyone,

Do you or your company need to validate VAT registration number of your business partners when doing business within the member states of the European Union?

If so, this blog talks about how I, Shruti Kumari, a UA colleague working with the SAP Globalization Services, help you find the best solution.

We’ve a great functionality, Online Validation service that helps you verify the master data of the business partners with an external service, which could be an online service or a database. For such scenario, you can use VAT Information Exchange System (VIES), that enables you to validate the business partners data.

Check out the following video for an overview of the solution:

Online Validation Service – how do I validate a VAT number (VIES)?

If you have already adopted SAP S/4HANA, this solution is available for both Cloud and On-Premise systems.

Now, you already know the service and just want to get started, there are a few configuration settings that are required to enable the service. Today, I’d like to share the required settings from a sales perspective.

What are the business scenarios and the required settings to get started with VIES during sales processes?

You might be aware of different business scenarios where you can use the Online Validation service during sales processes. But do you know how does the validation occur in each of these processes and how to get the service ready for use in SAP S/4HANA?

Find the answers to these questions in the following video:

Now you might be wondering… Are there other processes for which you can use Online Validation service for?

The answer is: Yes! You can also use Online Validation service to validate business partners tax numbers and bank accounts against the list of VAT payers for Poland or customize the validation checks for a different purpose.

For more information about Online Validation, see the product assistance on the SAP help portal:

I hope you’re feeling ready now to speed up with a better understanding of the Online Validation service and it’s configurations for business partners data validation in your sales processes.

Stay tuned for upcoming information about the service in the Finance area.

Got any questions? You can either leave a comment below or give feedback about the application help directly in the SAP Help Portal by using the comments feature. You could also submit your questions directly in the respective Q&A area in SAP Community. And don’t forget to follow the SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud tags here on SAP Community to stay tuned to the latest news.

(This blog post is a combined effort with significant contributions from Ailane Kuhn)


See you next time,

Shruti Kumari

#SAPGoGlobal #SAPLocalization


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      Author's profile photo Amine ALAMI
      Amine ALAMI

      Hello Shruti,

      Many thanks for this interesting blog which makes this process very clear !

      However i'm facing one issue in our system : in the configuration path we do not have 'Online Validerung' object where we can do the customizing.

      I found multiple oss notes for VIES but no one related to the set up of  'Online Validerung' in SAP S4HANA package.

      Any idea please ?

      Best regards

      Author's profile photo Thomas Hiesener
      Thomas Hiesener

      Dear Shruti,

      Obviously for Germany there are 2 different VAT numbers, one European and one German.
      Therefore this function need 2 interfaces, one is VIES, and for German VAT number there is an interface to Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (BZSt).

      Is it possible to connect to both interfaces, VIES and Bundeszentralamt für Steuern (BZSt)?

      best regards