Before you start:

Please make sure that you've covered Part 1 and Part 2 of the DATEV guide.


This article covers:

  • How to set up your categories (a.k.a. ledger accounts)

  • How to set up your tags (cost centres)

  • How to save the Pleo expense import in DATEV


How to set up your categories (German: Sachkonten)

  1. In the Pleo web app, go to Categories (under the Settings section).

  2. If your Pleo account is registered in Germany, then you will see that 11 category types (set up by Mastercard) have automatically populated this section. You can always edit these categories by clicking on them. Just make sure to follow consistent logic so that everything stays clear and organised.

  3. Next, you can create as many sub-categories as you like under each category. For example, under a "Marketing" category, sub-categories could be "Facebook" and "Google."

  4. You can assign a tax code to a specific category so that any future expenses under that category are automatically assigned the relevant tax percentage and key.

Here's what it looks like to edit categories:


How to set up your tags (cost centres)

Tags in Pleo reflect cost centres (KOST1 and KOST2) in DATEV.

  1. In the Pleo web app, go to Tags (under the Settings section).

  2. Click Add tag group. Please note that you can have up to three tag groups in Pleo.

  3. Input an easily understandable name and select the tag group as either KOST1 or KOST2.

  4. Click Create tag group.

Done! When you export expenses from Pleo to DATEV, the tags (cost centres) will appear as either "KST1" or "KST2."

Here's what it looks like to set up your tags:


What's next?

Congrats, you are all done setting up Pleo's accounting integration with DATEV Unternehmen online!

Once you have some Pleo card expenses ready, here's how you can export them.


Importing expenses to DATEV

Once you've exported expenses from Pleo, open DATEV Unternehmen online and:

  1. Click on "Cash movements" (German: Kassenbewegungen).

  2. Select the accounting month.

  3. Click on the details of the expenses (German: Details der Ausgaben).

  4. Check through to make sure all of the Pleo expense info looks fine.

  5. If all looks good, click on "Commit & Provide" (German: Festschreiben & Bereitstellen) to save the Pleo expense info in DATEV.

Here's what it looks like to save the imported Pleo expenses in DATEV:


Need help?

  • If you need help setting up anything in DATEV, you can make an appointment with DATEV’s very own team at this link.

  • If you have questions for the Pleo team, here’s how to contact us.

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