Payment Medium Format
The payment medium format controls how payment orders and debit memo orders to the bank are created. The specifications (published by the banks or the central banking committees) of the formats serve as the basis for definition of payment medium formats.
- Payment medium without documents: DME or Internet payments
- Country-specific formats: ACH, DTAUS0
The Payment Medium Workbench contains a range of predefined formats, like the DTAUS0 format for domestic payment transactions in Germany, ACH for domestic payment transactions in USA, and OFX for Internet payments via OFX.
To create a format, in Customizing for Financial Accounting, choose Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable® Business Transactions ® Outgoing Payments ® Automatic Outgoing Payments ® Payment Media ® Make Settings for Payment Medium Formats from Payment Medium Workbench ® Create Payment Medium Formats.
To change a format, in Customizing for Financial Accounting, choose Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable® Business Transactions ® Outgoing Payments ® Automatic Outgoing Payments ® Payment Media ® Make Settings for Payment Medium Formats from Payment Medium Workbench ® Adjust Payment Medium Format.
Formats contain various fields that are filled with field contents from your SAP system. This transaction is called mapping. There are two ways in which mapping can occur.
- With/to programmed function modules
- Using the
The payment medium format can be country-dependent or country-independent and is assigned to one or more payment methods.
The following settings are made during definition of a format:
- Payment medium type (DME, for example)
- Level of detail of the payment medium
- Format-specific parameters
This is the level at which payment orders should be grouped in a file (for example creation of a file per combination of house bank and paying company code).
The note to payee for the German format DTAUS0 is described as follows:
- 13 x 27 bytes of space for the main note to payee (body text of 13 lines each with 27 characters)
- 1 x 11 bytes of space for the internal short reference
- 1 x 27 bytes of space for the external short reference
With the previous classic method for creation of payment media, the format is implemented as a program whilst the structure of the note to payee is predefined.