This article describes how to create and to post scheduled payments in Microsoft Dynamics GP and in Microsoft Business Solutions - Great Plains. The Payables Scheduled Payments Entry window lets you divide a large invoice into small ones, depending on the number of payments you want to make. When you post scheduled payments, they function like an invoice. They are displayed as open invoices that are waiting for payment.

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To create and post scheduled payments in Microsoft Dynamics GP, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Payables Scheduled Payments Entry window. To do this, point to Purchasing on the Transactions menu, and then click Scheduled Payments.

  2. In the Payables Scheduled Payments Entry window, specify the following fields:

    • Original Document Number: Select the invoice on which you want to make payments.

    • Payables Offset: Specify the payables offset account.

    • Interest Expense: Specify the interest expense offset account.

    • Schedule Interest Rate: Specify the interest rate.

    • Number of Payments: Enter the number of payments into which this schedule is to be divided.

    NoteFor more information about the interest type, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    860491 Simple versus compound interest rates in Payables Management scheduled payments

  3. Click Calculate to divide the original invoice amount into the number of payments that you want to make.

  4. Click Amortization to verify the payment amounts and the due dates.

    Note In this step, you can make changes and then click OK to save the changes.

  5. Post the scheduled payment to move the original invoice to history and to create an open payment schedule.

    Note A credit memo that has the same amount will be applied to the invoice.

    After the invoice is posted, the payment schedule is created. Then, the posted invoice debits the Accounts Payable accounts and credits the clearing account.

  6. Post the scheduled payment amount. To do this, take one of the following actions.

    Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 and later versions:

    • On the Microsoft Dynamics GP menu, point to Tools, point to Routines, point to Purchasing, and then click Post Scheduled Payments.

    Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 and Microsoft Business Solutions - Great Plains 8.0

    • On the Tools menu, point to Routines, point to Purchasing, and then click Post Scheduled Payments.

  7. In the Post Payables Scheduled Payments window, click to select the scheduled payment that you want post.

    The clearing account is debited, and the Accounts Payable account is credited for the actual payment amount.


    • A new open scheduled payment is created for the vendor. The document number has a trailing three-digit number. For example, the document number may be SCHED00000000001001.

    • If you post smaller scheduled payments, the unapplied amount of the original scheduled payment is also decreased. When all the smaller scheduled payments (SCHED00000000001xxx) are posted, the original scheduled payment (SCHED00000000001) moves to history.

    • If a check is applied to the scheduled payment, the Accounts Payable account is debited, and the Cash account is credited.

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