It’s that time of the month again when I have to do a VAT return, so my attention is drawn towards accounting software for Linux. Having just got the latest and greatest version of GNUCash installed on Ubuntu I’d like to share how I did it:
- Open http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=151771 and http://www.yourfilelink.com/get.php?fid=151772 and download gnucash-common_2.0.1-1_all.deb and gnucash_2.0.1-1_i386.deb from there. (via)
- Install the .deb files using the following command:
sudo dpkg -i gnucash-common_2.0.1-1_all.deb gnucash_2.0.1-1_i386.deb
- You may get an error like this:
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of gnucash:
gnucash depends on g-wrap; however:
Package g-wrap is not installed.
dpkg: error processing gnucash (–install):
dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
If you do, run the command
sudo apt-get -f installwhich will download g-wrap guile-1.6-dev guile-library libffi4-dev libgwrap-runtime0-dev libncurses5-dev libreadline5-dev and any other dependencies.
- Finally, you’ll be greeted with the following message:
Setting up libgwrap-runtime0-dev (1.9.6-3) …
Setting up g-wrap (1.9.6-3) …
Setting up gnucash (2.0.1-1) …
Happy budgeting and accounting!
While on the subject of VAT, since Google is a US company, Europeans don’t have to pay VAT on our Adsense earnings, yet. This article by Jennifer Slegg suggests that some EU countries may decide to charge VAT on online earnings. That’s a little crazy because Google doesn’t add VAT to the invoices of European publishers. If something like that happened in Ireland I’d be out of pocket by an extra 21% plus the normal 42% tax I pay on earnings at the top level. Ouch. (via)