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RE: Accounting Roadmap V9

Fakrudeen Abbaz
- 10/10/2014 14:13:34

Hi All

Agree with Fabien

Parents (view) are optional for accounts.

PL and BS are normally preparing year end some companies monthly.

But Accountants & Auditors need Trial Balance with drilling facility.

For this purpose CoA tree view can be used with some modification, drill down to root level can be achieved.


Please see the sample chart of accounts hierarchy



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Fakrudeen Abbaz (ACMA)

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From: Fabien Pinckaers []
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2014 8:54 PM
To: Community
Subject: Re: Accounting Roadmap V9


> I think in accounting (pure accouting) a partent account IS a parent

> account that's it.


In pure accounting, accountants used to work in views like this:


or this:


Not in tree views of the CoA.


IMHO the default way to check your financial status should be through

the P&L or BS, not the CoA. Currently in Odoo, everyone uses the CoA

because it's the only way to have balances on the screen. But this is

not the habit of "non odoo" accountants.


> In some countries you have even a close relation between the code and

> the parent child relation, you actual datamodel achieve such need

> __perfect__.


> Why do you need remove it from the account itself and move to reports?


> If you are so sure of this is the correct path... without develop it

> yet, can you explain how will be the new approach?


> As I understand from SQL pov you will change:


No, we can use the Type field on accounts to create hierarchies or

define reports.


> Please dont try to convince us that the "usability " needs change the

> data model, with actual data model you can achieve perfect views and

> improve a lot the usabilitiy.


Usability is about what the accountant expect to see. An accountant

usually work in P&L or BS or other reports. Not in a tree view of accounts.


> Today: 1 method compute all the balance in the CoA.

> Tomorrow?.


Today: the balance grouped according to parents:

  - Class 1, Class 2, Account 12___, 13___, ...


Tomorrow, the balance grouped according to accountant expectations:

  - Income,

  - Expenses,

  - Gross Profit,

  - Net Profit, ...


Note that I am note against hierarchies. It's ok for me to keep a parent



I just think that accountant will work in the P&L or the BS instead of

the Chart of Accounts. So, the CoA is not useful anymore (and we still

have the Type field for the general ledger)


The default way to check your income and navigate through accounts

should be through the P&L, not the CoA.


It's ok for me to keep hierarchies but I am against having *mandatory*

hierarchies. I find these constraints not good:

- having a root node to define a chart of account (not logic for


- using hierarchies to structure reports (should be defined by type


- I have seen so much time an accountant on Odoo creating an account at

  the root level because they did not understood the Parent/Children

  concept. (which is an Odoo concept, not an accounting one) It has to

  work even without hierarchies.





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