Conrad Canterford conrad at
Tue May 24 05:09:13 EDT 2005

On Mon, 2005-05-23 at 22:18 -0700, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> greetings
> A discussion about payroll has come up on the user list and some of us 
> are pondering the idea about implementing a couple of payroll ideas. One 
> user (Michael Crawford) has gone so far as to start a sourceforge 
> project centered around a simple spreadsheet.  I personally have been 
> stewing on a simple payroll program to generate a .qif for a while.

I looked at it a couple of years ago (at a time when it was relevant to
my needs), and even checked out some of the stuff that was out there. I
came to the conclusion that a desire to make it work for a number of
different countries was possible but non-trivial. I decided it was too
much effort for my purposes.

You face the additional problem of keeping it up to date with the
changing requirements in each country. You really need a generic
interface component, into which you can load a number of configurations
for country and year. Then you need someone to keep up to date with each
countries tax laws, and produce updated data files each time it changes.

Anyway. I wish you luck. If you go the generic route, let me know once
you've got some firm ideas of what you're planning, and I'll tell you if
that breaks with the Australian system.... :-). I could probably be
convinced to build and maintain a set of Australian data files for such
a system too.


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