Determining the Payroll Period
The payroll accounting area also determines the payroll period. You can determine period by specifying a fixed period or without specifying a fixed period, in other words, using a payroll period.
The method used for defining the payroll period is dependent on whether you a executing a test run or a live payroll run. For a test run, enter the specific payroll period. For a live payroll run, the system increase the payroll period by 1.
The following parameters define a specific payroll period:
For each payroll area, you use a period parameter to specify the how often payroll accounting is performed (the interval). The period parameter for payroll accounting allows you to define the payroll frequency as variable, for example, weekly, every fourteen days, monthly.
Several payroll periods are permitted for each payroll parameter for payroll accounting. The payroll accounting period identifies the specific payroll period for each payroll year. For example, in monthly payroll accounting, payroll period 01 delimits the payroll period to the period of January 1 to January 31 of the payroll year.
By linking the above-mentioned parameter with the date modifier, you can specify dates for different purposes. The date modifier is not relevant in Germany. In some countries the date modifier represents the payday. This is the case if the transfer day of the original payroll run (in contrast to a retroactive run) is important for taxation.
You enter the payroll accounting period for a test run. For a live run, the system reads the payroll accounting period. The system updates the last payroll accounting period for each payroll accounting area in a payroll control record. For the next payroll run, the system uses this information to determine the current payroll period.