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    Default Help with accounting and payroll software

    Hi

    I am Treasurer of a charity and have been using a Windows package for the accounts and payroll. These two functions, along with iTunes, are the only things I use Windows for.

    The payroll package is fine, but the accounts package is not, in my opinion, up to the job. I have been struggling with it over the last few weeks as I try to complete the year end. I've now done that but would like to consider my options going forward.

    What I need is:

    • Double-entry posting
    • journal entries
    • Trial Balance - full and summary
    • Basic reports
    • Ability to export data to a spreadsheet


    If this could also encompass payroll, that would save me booting up my virtual XP machine, but that's not essential.

    Has anyone used something along these lines in openSUSE?

    Thanks
    Alastair Scott

    openSUSE LEAP

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    Default Re: Help with accounting and payroll software

    Quote Originally Posted by aescott View Post
    Hi

    What I need is:

    • Double-entry posting
    • journal entries
    • Trial Balance - full and summary
    • Basic reports
    • Ability to export data to a spreadsheet
    I think you'll find that gnucash has all these features and more.

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    Will Honea NNTP User

    Default Re: Help with accounting and payroll software

    aescott wrote:

    >
    > Hi
    >
    > I am Treasurer of a charity and have been using a Windows package for
    > the accounts and payroll. These two functions, along with iTunes, are
    > the only things I use Windows for.
    >
    > The payroll package is fine, but the accounts package is not, in my
    > opinion, up to the job. I have been struggling with it over the last few
    > weeks as I try to complete the year end. I've now done that but would
    > like to consider my options going forward.
    >
    > What I need is:
    >
    >
    > - Double-entry posting
    > - journal entries
    > - Trial Balance - full and summary
    > - Basic reports
    > - Ability to export data to a spreadsheet
    >
    >
    > If this could also encompass payroll, that would save me booting up my
    > virtual XP machine, but that's not essential.
    >
    > Has anyone used something along these lines in openSUSE?


    I got sucked into a similar role at my church - I feel your pain. I've been
    looking for a complete package that incorporates AP, AR, payroll,
    contributions, and asset management for a long time. For a non-profit,
    membership integration and contribution tracking/reporting are a must here.
    While I'm still not totally happy with it, the closest I've found is still a
    Win app we run with Wine called PowerChurch in its latest versions. It uses
    FoxPro for a backend but most of my FoxPro tools also run with Wine and I'm
    able to export most of the data to either a spread sheet (OO Calc imports
    the data tables directy if desired - just don't try to write them back) or
    to DB2 for analysis. The only drawback is the use of FoxPro memo fields in
    the database but those are not necessary for the accounting operations.

    It's not free but it is an integrated accounting app that also supports
    facility/asset management, mail lists, scheduling, and such from a Linux
    desktop quite well for an organization with a few thousand members (active
    and inactive) which has been easy for the office staff to use. I have
    doubts about how it would scale for a really large operation but they
    finally appear to have hired a competent DBA to redesign the database schema
    in current versions so I have no major issues from a technical standpoint
    any more.

    I keep looking but I haven't found an acceptable replacement - yet.

    --
    Will Honea

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    Default Re: Help with accounting and payroll software

    Agree with the suggestion of GnuCash which also has payroll. Just advised a charity to adopt it after looking at all the other FOSS options and the Treasurer is delighted with it after suffering an appalling commercial alternative. If your current package can export in QIF you can transfer most things directly.

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    Default Re: Help with accounting and payroll software

    Thanks - I'll give GnuCash a go. It's early enough in the year that I can re-process transactions if need be....

    Thanks again for the help!
    Alastair Scott

    openSUSE LEAP

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    Default Re: Help with accounting and payroll software

    Hi. Thanks for sharing this information.I am Treasurer of a charity and have been using a Windows package for
    the accounts and payroll.
    __________
    Allen
    Software Payroll

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