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Billing Plan for Milestone Billing

11 May 2007 1:53 am || 5

Milestone billing means distributing the total amount to be billed over multiple billing
dates in the billing plan.

As each milestone is successfully reached, the customer is billed either a percentage of
the entire project cost or simply a pre-defined amount.

During sales order processing, the system determines from the item category whether a
billing plan is required and, if so, which type of plan

The type of billing plan that is determined at this point is set up in Customizing and
cannot be changed in the sales document.

Billing plans for periodic billing and milestone billing plans for project-related milestone
billing have different overview screens so that you can enter data relevant to your

For example, for milestone billing, you must be able to enter data to identify the
individual milestones.

IMG configuration requires :-

1. Maintain billing plan types for milestone billing in OVBO.

2. Define date description in SM30 - V_TVTB.

3. Maintain Date Category for Billing Plan Type IN OVBJ.

4. Allocate date category in SM30 - V_TFPLA_TY.

5. Maintain date proposal for Billing Plan Type in OVBM.

6. Assign Billing Plan Type to Sales Documents Type in OVBP.

7. Assign Billing Plan Type to Item Categories in OVBR.

8. Define rules for determining the date in OVBS.

Milestone billing is typically used for billing projects, such as plant engineering and
construction projects. Such projects often include a series of milestones that mark the
completion of different stages of the work. In the SAP R/3 System, milestones are defined
in a network along with planned and actual dates for the completion of work. The milestones
are also assigned to the billing dates in the billing plan.

Each milestone-related billing date is blocked for processing until the Project System
confirms that the milestone is completed.

Delivery-relevant order items for which a milestone billing plan applies are billed on the
basis of the requested delivery quantity and not on the total of the confirmed quantities.

The connection between the project and the sales document item is made in the individual
schedule lines of the item. Each schedule item can be assigned to a network in a project.

To display the project-related data for a schedule line, proceed as follows:

In one of the overview screens of the sales document, select

1. Item -> Schedule lines.
2. Mark the schedule line and select Procurement details.

The following figure shows an example of milestone billing where only the Contract have
been billed :

Order Item Turbine 100,000

Billing Plan

Billing date Description % Value Billing Block Milestone Billing Status
01-10-94 Contract 10 10,000 - x x
01-03-95 Assembly 30 30,000 x x
01-04-95 Maintenance 30 30,000 x x
01-05-95 Acceptance 30 30,000 x x
01-06-95 Final invoice .. .. x


Milestone Estimate Actual
Assembly 01-03-95 01-03-95
Maintenance 01-04-95
Acceptance 01-05-95

For each billing date in a milestone billing plan, you can specify whether the billing
date is:

1. fixed
2. always updated with the actual date of the milestone
3. updated with the actual date of the milestone, if the date is earlier than the
planned billing date for the date


  • 13 May 2009 9:49 am
    the article was great it explained about billng milestone very well
  • 04 Dec 2009 8:08 pm
    This are good i not undarstend so much teh english but the sap si a good thing to have at the dohas
  • 16 Aug 2010 6:24 am
    thank you
  • 24 Sep 2012 12:57 pm

    I'd like to get your advice in the following:
    - customer wants to have a milestone billing type, where billing dates comes up automatically (weekly), so during entering an order they don't have to write manually billing dates in billing plan.

    Is there a possibility to customize billing type milestone billing such way?

  • 19 Dec 2012 4:08 am
    when ever i am removing billing block, it is giving error get approval order confirm. what is that, please help