SAP Document Reversal

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SAP Document ReversalThis tutorial will discuss document reversal in SAP. The tutorial is the part of SAP FI course and you will learn about SAP document reversal (how to reverse a wrongly posted document under various scenarios).

When an incorrect entry is posted in the SAP system, we have to reverse the same or pass a rectification entry. Various situations may arise that may compel a company to correct its accounting documents. The only way to correct a wrongly posted accounting entry is by its reversal. The FI accounting document can be reversed only when:

  • The document that needs to be reversed is originated in FI.
  • The document has not yet been cleared.
  • The FI document must not be generated from an external system (e.g., via IDocs).
  • The documents are related to G/L, AP and AR.
  • At the time of reversal all the additional assignments are valid like business area, cost centers, tax codes, etc.

Types of Allowed SAP Document Reversal

When we talk about reversing documents in SAP, there are different types of reversal scenarios.

  1. Individual SAP Document Reversal
  2. Reversal of Reversed Document
  3. Mass Reversal
  4. Cleared Items Reversal
  5. Accrual/Deferral Documents Reversal

These types of SAP document reversal are explained below.

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Individual SAP Document Reversal

Under individual SAP document reversal, we can reverse one document at a time. Suppose the user has posted a document wrongly, now they want to reverse the same and post a new document again.

Menu Path: SAP Menu -> Accounting -> Financial Accounting -> General Ledger -> Document -> Reverse -> Individual Reversal

Transaction code: FB08

Here, we are taking an example of simple Rent Posting (document number 5) which needs to be reversed. Follow the menu path as specified above or type FB08 in the command field.

Initial Screen of FB08 Transaction
Initial Screen of FB08 Transaction

Enter the following information on the screen:

  1. Document number: Number of the document for which reverse posting is to be created.
  2. Company Code: Company code for which document is to be reversed.
  3. Fiscal year: The fiscal year in which the document is created.
  4. Reversal Reason: We need to give a reversal reason at the time of reversal. The reason for the reverse posting is noted in the reversed document, the field is necessary to know why the reversal is done. The reason for reversal also determines whether the reversed document is allowed to have an alternative posting date and whether the reverse document is to be created from negative postings (explained below in Accrual/Deferral documents reversal).
  5. Posting Date: At the time of reversal we need to give the reversal date. If we do not give the reversal date, document is reversed on original document posting date.
  6. Posting Period: Period should be open for SAP document reversal.
  7. Void Reason Code: Enter the reason to void the check, if the document is allotted check for payment.

We can see the document posted before reversal by clicking icon.

Document Before Reversal Display
Document Before Reversal Display

After this, select the back-arrow button and select save button. Here in this example, we are leaving the posting date blank, so the document will be reversed on original posting date. We can see the reversed document by entering document display transaction code in command field FB03, document #5 was reversed by document #24.

Initial Screen of Document Display
Initial Screen of Document Display
Document Entry View Post Reversal
Document Entry View Post Reversal

We can see that the document is reversed as rent is credited and cash is debited. Although reversed document is part of G/L posting, document type for G/L posting is SA but document type for reverse document is AB, this helps in easy identification of the document.

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Reversal of Reversed Document

For reversal of a reversed document, just go to document posting by entering transaction F-02 (G/L Document Posting) in the command field and then go to Menu -> Document -> Post with reference.

Enter the following data:

  • Document number
  • Company code
  • Select generate reverse posting
  • Select Display line item checkbox

Finally, save the document.

Initial Screen of Post with Reference
Initial Screen of Post with Reference
Post Document Display Overview
Post Document Display Overview

We can see the reversal of a reversed document below as the rent is again shown as debit.

Mass Reversal

Mass reversal is used to reverse more than one document at a time. The document numbers can be continuous or random.

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Menu Path: SAP Menu -> Accounting -> Financial Accounting -> General Ledger -> Document -> Reverse -> Mass Reversal

Transaction code: F.80

Mass Reversal Initial Screen
Mass Reversal Initial Screen

For mass reversal, we can select random document numbers or range of documents. We even have the option to exclude some documents from the single values and range of documents. Use buttons to make selection of document numbers, also give reversal reason as 01.

Document Selection Screen
Document Selection Screen

Here, we have selected Document 1 and 3 for reversal, after that we will execute the test run. We can see below that document 3 can be reversed while document 1 cannot be reversed as document was already reversed in the test run result screen.

Test Run Result Screen
Test Run Result Screen

Reverse the document by clicking icon, and the document number 3 will get reversed.

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Cleared Item Reversal

Cleared items are the documents in SAP that do not have any pending obligations. These documents are used to offset the dues of vendor, customer and G/L accounts. In this tutorial, we will take an example of a vendor payment.

Step 1:

We can view the vendor line item report by entering the transaction code FBL1N in the command field. Here, for Vendor Account # 5500001 in Company Code AZ10, select Cleared item radio button and normal item check box. We can see that the Document # 100004 is for invoice which is cleared by document # 200004 which is payment against invoice, so document# 200004 is the clearing document.

Line Item Display for Vendor
Line Item Display for Vendor

Step 2:

Now, suppose there is a stop payment against the Document# 200004 (clearing document), then it should be reversed, and document# 100004 should appear as open item category. To do this we have to perform two actions:

  1. Reset Cleared Items: This is done to mark it as open. After this, there will be no link between the invoice (document #100004) and the payment document (document #200004).
  2. Reverse document #200004.

Step 3:

Menu Path: SAP Menu -> Accounting -> Financial Accounting -> General Ledger -> Document -> Reset Cleared items

Transaction code: FBRA

Enter the clearing document number 200004, company code, fiscal year and press save. Then, click button. Give the reversal reason 01 and press enter. The system will show a message that clearing 200004 is reset, press enter. The system will show the message that the document was posted.

Reset Cleared Item Screen
Reset Cleared Item Screen

After this we can see that document # 100004 will again appear as open in the vendor report.

Open Document in Vendor Line Items Report
Open Document in Vendor Line Items Report

And, the document #200004 is cleared by the document #300004.

Cleared Documents in Vendor Line Items Report
Cleared Documents in Vendor Line Items Report

Accrual/Deferral Document Reversal

Accrual of an expense is reporting an expense in the period in which they occur irrespective of the payment made and Deferral is payment made in one period, which will be reported in the later period.

Step 1:

Let’s start with defining a reversal reason in customizing.

Menu Path: SPRO -> Financial Accounting -> G/L Accounts -> Business Transactions -> Adjustment Posting/Reversal -> Define Reason for Reversal

Then, click New Entries button and define Reason 09 as explained below.

  • Negative posting: When we reverse a transaction, it reduces from the same side instead of showing it on the other side. So, reverse of rent provision will be shown as a negative balance on the debit side instead of the credit side.
  • Alternative posting date: If we do not select this, the system allows us to reverse document only on the original posting date.
Define New Reason for Reversal
Define New Reason for Reversal
Reasons of Reversal
Reasons of Reversal

Step 2:

Next, enter Accrual/Deferral document.

Menu Path: SAP Menu -> Accounting -> Financial Accounting -> General Ledger -> Periodic Posting -> Closing -> Valuate-> Enter Accrual/Deferral Document

Transaction code: FBS1

We will take an example of provision for rent posting to explain the concept. Provisions are made in one month and the same is reversed on 1st working day of the next month. Enter FBS1 in the command field and provide a reversal reason and a reversal date. For example, rent provision is made on 23.02.2017 and reversed on 01.03.2017.

Initial Screen Accrual/Deferral
Initial Screen Accrual/Deferral
Accrual/Deferral Document Display
Accrual/Deferral Document Display

Step 3:

Finally, we should perform reversal of Accrual/Deferral document.

Menu Path: SAP Menu -> Accounting -> Financial Accounting -> General Ledger -> Periodic Posting -> Closing -> Valuate -> Reverse Accrual/Deferral Document

Transaction code: F.81

Now, we will reverse the rent provision. To do this, enter company code, reverse posting date, check test run checkbox and execute the transaction.

Reverse Accrual/ Deferral Document
Reverse Accrual/ Deferral Document

After this, select reverse document button and we will get the message that the document was reversed, like shown below.

Message about the Number of Revered Documents
Message about the Number of Revered Documents

I hope this tutorial gives you a good understanding of the concept of SAP document reversal.

Did you like this tutorial? Have any questions or comments? We would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below. It’d be a big help for us, and hopefully it’s something we can address for you in improvement of our free SAP FI tutorials.

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3 thoughts on “SAP Document Reversal”

  1. how can i reverse an already posted Material document on SAP. note: it has already hit the ledger and cant be deleted.. i mean a 510 series document

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