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Latest news and upcoming changes in 2019 

The open interface that was previously used by SAP for the transfer of the employment tax notification (ETNotif.) and VAT (UStVA) will be retired by the Finance Administration as of 1/1/2019. From this time on, program parts provided by the Finance Administration (ERiC) must be integrated in the employer software for the transfer of the employment tax notification.  

For SAP customers, the plan is to support the open interface until June 30, 2019, at the latest. To enable this, the interface will be "frozen" in its current status by the Finance Administration. This provides SAP, SAP customers, and the Finance Administration with more time to carry out the conversion to ERiC.

The old solution (without ERiC) can still be used until June 30, 2019.  The new ERiC based solution will be released in 2019 for PI.

More information can be found in SAP Note 2725314 - ELSTER/PI: Information about the conversion of communication (ERiC)

 

Mandatory updates from 2018 

Multiple technical changes will be mandatory in 2018.

  • The Elster authorities are changing how the request payload should be sent. Deadline for the version changes is 25.04.2018. 

    • Elster Java component patch for the PI system (BC-XI-CON-ELS)
      SAP Note 2551593 - Elster LstA/LstB/UstVa: New Legal Changes in Elster request payload for 2018

    • Elster UStVA scenarios via PI fail, because the Elster authorities reject the data sent, as the encoding is still the old one, ISO-8859-1, instead of the required ISO-8859-15. This can be fixed by changing in the RFC_To_Elster Operation Mapping the used XSLT Mapping RFC2Elster.xsl to have the correct encoding. The official solution is to update the XI CONTENT ELSTER as per SAP Note 2676136 - Elster UStVA scenarios fail due to incorrect encoding - ISO-8859-1 instead of the required ISO-8859-15.

    • ETNotif, ETStmt, ELStAM (LStA, LStB, ELStAM) related changes in the HCM systems (PY-DE-BA)

      SAP Note 2521339 - ETNotif, ETStmt, ELStAM: Preparatory delivery for the version change of the transfer and processing data header
      SAP Note 2550969 - ETNotif, ETStmt, ELStAM: Preparatory delivery for the version change of the transfer and processing data header - Part 2
      SAP Note 2568898 - ETNotif, ETStmt, ELStAM: Preparatory delivery for the version change of the transfer and processing data header - Part 3
      SAP Note 2616095 - LStA, LStB, ELStAM: Vorbereitende Auslieferung für die Versionsänderung des Transfer- und Nutzdatenheaders - Teil 4
      SAP Note 2615157  - LStA, LStB, ELStAM: Neue XML-Version zum 25.04.2018


    • VAT (UStVA) related changes in the FI systems (FI-GL-GL-F)
      SAP Note 2587080 - Adjustment of electronic advance return for tax on sales/purchases for 2018
      SAP Note 2588923 - ELSTER UStVA: Changing the transfer posting and payload header versions to 11

All VAT (UStVA) related changes in the FI systems (FI-GL-GL-F) are summarized in SAP Note 2587080 - Adjustment of electronic advance return for tax on sales/purchases for 2018.
All ETNotif, ETStmt, ELStAM (LStA, LStB, ELStAM) related changes in the HCM systems (PY-DE-BA) are summarized in SAP Note 2615157 - LStA, LStB, ELStAM: Neue XML-Version zum 25.04.2018

Mandatory updates from 2016-2017

It is mandatory to have the following core updates in the PI system from the following SAP Note:

SAP Note 2251833 - SAP XML Toolkit implementation changes for Elster 2016 support
SAP Note 2266007 - SSF Library implementation changes for Elster 2016 support

It is mandatory to have the following ELSTER application update in the PI system from the following SAP Note:

SAP Note 2235042 - Elster/PI Enhancement with new signature and encryption algorithms valid from May 2016

Basic information about ELSTER

Check the following pages below about basic information on ELSTER:

Troubleshooting guides 

Check the following troubleshooting guides below for the different ELSTER scenarios:

OSS Incident

If you can't find the error yourself, raise an OSS incident on component BC-XI-CON-ELS and include all the required information from the above troubleshooting guides. Always attach an XPI Inspector trace as described in the troubleshooting guides above and in the initial description indicate the attempts you've carried out beforehand to find a solution.