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An internal order is usually used as an interim collector of costs and an aid to the planning, monitoring, and controlling processes needed. When the job has been completed, you settle the costs to one or more receivers (cost center, fixed asset, profitability segment, and so on).


To be able to settle an order, you must have saved a settlement rule in each of the senders. This settlement rule determines where the costs are to be settled to. You can achieve this in two ways:

  • Settlement to One Receiver

You use this basic form of order settlement to completely settle the costs collected on the internal order. This is either to a cost center, or a G/L account under a settlement cost element. The system generates the appropriate settlement rule from the information contained in the internal order master data.

For more information on order settlement to one receiver, see Order Settlement To One Receiver .

  • Comprehensive Settlement

Definition of a comprehensive settlement rule gives you more settlement possibilities, for example, you can:

  • Settle costs to a wide range of receivers (project, sales order, profitability segment, and so on).

  • Specify how the costs are to be distributed between receivers.

  • Define the cost elements under which the sender is to be credited and the receivers debited.

For more information on comprehensive settlement, see the SAP Library , under Financials -> CO Controlling -> Internal Orders -> Settlement .


You can only use one of these settlement methods at a time : For example, if you defined settlement to one cost center in the master data for an internal order, then you can only define a more comprehensive settlement rule once you have deleted the first rule.