Disable editing of transactions, is it possible?

edodd at billiau.net edodd at billiau.net
Tue Jan 18 05:51:14 EST 2011

> On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 6:04 AM, <edodd at billiau.net> wrote:
>> > Hi
>> >
>> > For GnuCash to comply with Swedish tax law editing transactions must
>> not
>> > be
>> > allowed, instead a correction transaction must be entered. The reason
>> > being
>> > that all changes must be recorded.
>> Could you please explain the penalty for not upholding this impossible
>> standard?
>> To what level of business does this standard apply?
>> My country's law does not state how I will keep my books (personal or
>> private company). Some of my stuff is formally audited, but most is not.
>> The only time the government intervenes is if I get selected for audit,
>> in
>> which case they want my books and my supporting documentation. More
>> emphasis is placed on the quality of the supporting documentation than
>> on
>> the quality of the bookkeeping.
> I do not know the penalty, or how seriously authorities would look upon
> usage of GnuCash. Michael, actually, as I understand it, enforcement is
> not
> needed, just discouragement.  Adding an option to make transactions
> read-only/disable editing may seem unnecessary, in fact the only purpose
> of
> this would be to make the software available to Swedish accountants in
> smaller firms and organisations. If one would want to cook the books this
> feature will do nothing what so ever to stop him, but this feature would
> make the software comply to Swedish law. I'm working on the Swedish
> translation now and would really like for more people in Sweden to use
> GnuCash. So if no one feels the urge to add this feature, which I can
> understand, would it be added if I submitted a patch, or convinced someone
> else to make one?
> /Daniel
In order to work out an enhancement request, we need more understanding of
what the law asks, and to whom it applies.
Otherwise we run the risk of making a system which doesn't fit the actual
Can you find out more or point us to suitable web resources?

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