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2345059 - Release of Tax Return Failed with Error Messages


When trying to release VAT Return AAA in the VAT Return view of the Tax Management workcenter three error messages appear:

  • Tax payable amount for ABC not correct.
  • Amount DEF in cover document GHI unequal to amount JKL in tax return AAA.
  • Release of tax return AAA failed.

AAA means the Tax Return ID.

ABC means the combination of Country, Tax Type and Tax Code Description.

DEF means the amount in cover document.

GHI means the cover document ID.

JKL means the amount in Tax Return.


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to the Tax Management workcenter.
  2. Open the VAT Returns view.
  3. Try to release Tax Return ID AAA.
  4. Receive error messages:
  • Tax payable amount for ABC not correct
  • Amount DEF in cover document GHI unequal to amount JKL in tax return AAA
  • Release of tax return AAA failed


This is caused by different Tax Due Dates for the Supplier Invoice and the Supplier Invoice Item. The system always takes the Tax Due Date with the highest priority. In this case, the one maintained on the Supplier Invoice Item.
If there is no Tax Due Date maintained on the Supplier Invoice item, then the header Supplier Invoice Tax Due Date is used.
In the case there is also no Tax Due Date maintained. Then the posting date is applied.
If the Purchase Order has a Tax Due Date maintained on the item node, this is getting copied to the Supplier Invoice - Item node.
The Supplier Invoice might contain several items with different Purchase Order and there for different Tax Due Dates references.
This lead to problematic Tax Return - processing.



At the moment, this can only be fixed with a backend correction in the Tax Register for the Tax Due Date maintained the Supplier Invoice - Item node.
After the backend correction cancel VAT Return-ID AAA and reschedule the VAT Return Run BBB (BBB means the VAT Return Run ID) to create a new VAT Return.
To avoid this issue in the future use the Tax Due Date - functionality in the Supplier Invoice, as this is much more consistent. Check in all connected Purchase Orders for maintained Tax Due Dates on the item node and delete them.
SAP Product Support can correct instances with a specific backend script. Please open an incident and refer to this Knowledge Base Article (KBA).

See Also

For country India, please refer to the KBA 2996716 Error - Amount ABC in Cover Document YYYY Unequal to Amount DEF in Tax Return XX, While Releasing Withholding Tax Return for Country India


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