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 Account Assignment 


Specification of the objects (e.g. cost center, sales order, project) that are charged in the case of a purchase order for a material that is intended for direct usage or consumption.


You can specify one account assignment for an item, or several (

Specifying Single Account Assignment or Specifying Multiple Account Assignment respectively).

Multiple account assignment allows you to apportion the cost of a material covered by a PO among your own cost center and several others, for example.
You specify which account assignment object is to be charged via the account assignment category.

Account Assignment Category

The account assignment category determines:

  • The nature of the account assignment (cost center, sales order, and so on)
  • Which accounts are to be charged when the incoming invoice or goods receipt is posted
  • Which account assignment data you must provide

Account Assignment Categories


Required account assignment data


Main asset number and sub-number


Order and G/L account number

Production order

Production order number

Business process

Business process and G/L account number

Cost center

Cost center and G/L account number

Sales order

Sales order and G/L account number

Individual customer requirement

Sales order and G/L account number


Project and G/L account number




You can change the account assignment category after entering the item provided that field selection has been set up accordingly in Customizing.


For more information on account assignment, refer to the documentation CO Controlling under

Account Assignment of Controlling Objects.

Automatic Account Determination

The system attempts to suggest a specific G/L account for a given preliminary account assignment. The number of the G/L account to be charged can be automatically suggested by the system provided that automatic account determination has been defined for the chart of accounts of the relevant company code.