Component documentation Billing  

Purpose

This component allows you to perform billing for services arranged or performed by your company with customers. Billing (invoice creation) can take place individually in dialog processing as well as in collective processing.

The work area Billing covers the following functions:

·  Creation of invoices based on orders or deliveries

·  Generation of credit and debit memos resulting from suspensions, redirections, terminations and complaints

·  Cancellation of transactions

·  Transfer of the billing documents created to Financial Accounting Due to the volume of data, transfer is staggered and performed in collective processing.

Special features of subscription billing documents

Form of subscription

Billing

Unlimited subscription

Billing takes place periodically (for example, monthly, annually) in advance, based on the sales document

Delivery subscription

Billing takes place in advance based on the first delivery in the purchase cycle. Billing takes place for a number of deliveries.

Renewal subscription

Billing is rolling and is based on the incoming payments received for the subscription item. The billing document clears the customer account.

Period renewal subscription

Billing can be performed as follows:

·  Rolling based on incoming payments received for the purchase period

·  In advance for customers who require an invoice

·  Based on a billing calendar

Integration

A permanent connection to Accounts Receivable Accounting is required for processing of renewal subscriptions. This means it is possible to identify incoming payments for renewal subscriptions. The Customizing settings for communications between Media Sales and Distribution and Financial Accounting are delivered in the IS-M Implementation Guide (IMG) (IMG path SAP Media Tools Communication FI Connection (M/SD) Maintain Parameters for FI Connection).

If Accounts Receivable Accounting and Media Sales and Distribution run in different systems, you must make the Customizing settings for communications in the non-SAP system. To do this, transport the IMG structure SIMG_ISP2 into the non-SAP system and include it in the reference IMG. For information on how to do this, see note 142940 in the Customer Service System.

Features

Function

Use

Creation of individual or collective billing documents

Billing of services arranged in purchase agreements, taking account of start-up and run-out times and credit and debit memos if applicable

Use of different billing frequencies (Customizing)

Control of billing time (before or after the service is performed)

Control of invoice splitting

·  Merge invoices in one document if none of the invoice split criteria apply (e.g. different payer, payment method etc. or explicit split requirements);

·  Summarization of billing documents created based on deliveries to a variety of ship-to parties to form one single billing item

Simulation of billing documents

Determine prices for information to customers

Cancellation of billing documents

Cancellation of errored billing documents so that they can be released in order for billing to be repeated

Design and printout of invoices

Create and change company-specific invoice forms in SAPscript and flexible invoice printing using SAP output control

Transfer to Financial Accounting

Transfer revenue or sales deductions to Financial Accounting; select transfer type according to the payment method (e.g. individual transfer for invoices, individual or collective transfer for automatic debit, payment card transfer, collection transfer)

Communication with Financial Accounting (FI)

Identify incoming payments in order to determine expiration date for renewal subscriptions

Processing of bank returns

Create and edit bank returns research; trigger subsequent steps according to research results

Evaluations for billing

Flexible evaluation of data for billing documents, transfer and revenue accrual

Archiving of billing documents

Archive billing documents or delete, reload and manage archived billing documents

 

 

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