How to approach the fiscal year change from the technical side?
As a consequence, information systems need to be adjusted to the new financial reporting rules. How can this change be implemented while ensuring the truth and fairness of the company’s books of account? Sławomir Dąbek, Business Solutions Architect at Hicron, gives advice on how to deal with a fiscal year change from the technical point of view.
The SAP system
In accordance with accounting principles, the company’s books of account (general ledger and subsidiary ledgers) are divided into reporting periods that correspond to calendar months. In a standard SAP solution, a variant of the fiscal year consists of 16 posting periods:
- 12 normal periods corresponding to subsequent months of the fiscal year,
- 4 special periods – to record adjustments that occurred in the first four months of the following fiscal year and which are made in relation to the previous fiscal year.
An accounting document is assigned to the appropriate reporting period based on the posting date.