How do I define my Legal Entities?

In the real world a Legal Entity (LE) can enter into contracts, own cash (bank accounts), employ people, pay taxes, be sued and simlar. In Oracle Financials Release 12, a whole new product; Legal Entity Configurator, was created to manage them. We allow you to define your real world Legal Entities and then map them to the E-Business Suite objects and structures. Transactions are stamped with an owning (first party) Legal Entity and that will be used to drive tax, accounting, intercompany and Legal Reporting.

So let’s look at the relationships LE have to other E-Business suite objects. Continue reading “How do I define my Legal Entities?”

Intercompany is over 60% of World Trade

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As Intercompany is the area I focus on in my work in Oracle Financials Developemt, I was interested to see a comment in an article in The Guardian (UK Newspaper) which stated:

“Over 60% of international trade now takes place between subsidiaries within transnational groups, according to the OECD.”

Maybe that is why I feel so busy all the time!

The article is coming from a particular political point of view, which you may or may not subscribe to but regardless of that aspect, it does a nice job of highlighting the complex financial implications of a multinational selling bananas. It also makes reference to some of the problems companies have had when the tax authorities deemed they had not paid enough tax, this is the very reason it is important to track carefully the intercompany transactions and transfer pricing – the tax authorities will want to keep a very close eye on it and the consequences of getting wrong can be serious (ie. expensive).