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Senders in both plan and actual indirect activity allocation are always business processes or cost center/activity type, whereby you can use only activity types of category 2 or 3 in a segment. You do not need to accept the default category from the activity type master data. It is merely a suggested value that you can change during activity type planning for each version and fiscal year. If activity type planning is complete, the SAP System checks whether the activity type category matches the segment definition.


The activity type category is 1 (manual entry, manual allocation): this case does not allow indirect activity allocation.

The activity type category 2 (indirect determination, indirect allocation): the segment definition must include the sender rule Indirectly calculated quantity as well as a receiver rule, or Fixed quantities as both sender and receiver rule.

The activity type category 3 (manual entry, indirect allocation): here the segment definition must include the sender rule Posted quantities and any receiver rule except Fixed quantities.

If activity type planning and internal activity allocation has not yet taken place, indirect activity allocation is possible only for activity types of category 2 because the R/3 System has no basis for allocation (meaning plan and actual quantities) yet. In this case, determine the activity type category in the segment definition.


In actual indirect activity allocation, the activity type category is determined in segment definition or is drawn from the default value in the activity type master data.

Receivers for indirect activity allocation in the Activity-Based Costing component (CO-OM-ABC) are business processes and cost objects, just as in manual activity allocation (activity input planning). To do so, you must enter a delta version in the header information.


If the receiver of the activity allocation is a cost object (for example, a production order or a product cost collector), then the prices used in the valuation are determined based on the valuation variant. In this case, the valuation variant is linked to the cost object through the costing variant for the simultaneous costing. If the receiving cost object is not tied with a costing variant for the simultaneous costing, then the planned price for the period is used for the valuation.



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