One solves the other
Posted Jan 15, 2009 23:10 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
In reply to: One solves the other
Parent article: The exceedingly grumpy editor's accounting system update
Yes, the article is a little confusing in that it gives as one reason LWN can't use free accounting software that LWN wants a separate accountant to figure LWN's taxes. The article gives as another reason that LWN couldn't print tax forms with the free software. Seems to me, that's not an issue if LWN uses a separate accountant, so I don't know why the article brings it up.
I once tried to hire a professional tax accountant for a business, but he did business only with clients who used Quickbooks, and the business had a custom bookkeeping system that integrated with several other business systems.
I thought it was strange for him to limit his business (remember, we never got to discussing price), but he said there was a shortage of accountants (i.e. surplus of Quickbooks-based clients) in the world at that time, which made it impossible for an accountant to profitably do anything else.
I presume that shortage eventually resolved itself, which means it's conceivable that a few accountants in a place such as California could achieve an equivalent economy of scale working with free software clients.
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