[Talk-GB] OSMF is looking for a UK accountant

Jez Nicholson jez.nicholson at gmail.com
Wed May 3 07:52:04 UTC 2017

Hi Frederik,

As the accounting is straightforward, i.e. you don't expect the accountant
to proactively point out ways to pay less tax, you could consider an online
service like Crunch Accounting.

I use them for my consulting company for £70/mth


On Tue, 2 May 2017 at 22:43 Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:

> Just posted the below to osmf-talk but I want to cast the net a little
> wider!
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: [Osmf-talk] OSMF is looking for an UK accountant
> Date: Tue, 2 May 2017 23:39:42 +0200
> From: Frederik Ramm <frederik at osmfoundation.org>
> Organization: OpenStreetMap Foundation
> To: osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org <osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org>
> Hi,
>    our current accountant - of whom we are meanwhile the sole remaining
> client - is going to retire at the end of this business year. So we're
> looking for a replacement!
> The plan is for her to still do the year end reporting for this business
> year which will happen in mid-2018, but the regular 2018 business year
> should already start with the new accountant.
> As you know if you read my financial reporting, we're spending roughly
> £5000 per year on accounting. The accountant's tasks currently include:
> * process bank statements and paypal statements every month and match
> them up with invoices and paperwork that I will (should) have provided
> * write invoices when requested (about 20-30 per year)
> * prepare quarterly P&L and balance sheet reporting for the members
> * prepare year-end financial report for members and submit tax return to
> the authorities; this includes keeping an asset register and computing
> depreciation charges
> * generally ensure that we stay abreast of UK tax regulations
> Someone potentially interested in the job might also want to know
> * we're not VAT registered
> * we're a not-for-profit company which is limited by guarantee
> * we're not a charity but we might consider becoming one in the future;
> if the accountant has experience in working with charities that would be
> welcome but having no such experience would not be a hindrance
> * we're meanwhile doing more transactions in EUR than in GBP (and
> there's a sprinkling of USD in the mix too). While everything needs to
> be converted to GBP ultimately for the UK taxman, I'm not sure if our
> internal reporting should maybe switch to EUR. To be discussed.
> We currently use a SAGE 50 professional software package but we don't
> mind if the new accountant were to use something else, provided it can
> cope with multi-currency bank accounts. Ideally the accontant would be
> using an Internet based accounting system that would allow e.g the OSMF
> treasurer to log into the system and view reports and statistics without
> having to bother the accountant with it.
> Our current accountant is a small one-person business and this worked
> rather well; we'd be more than happy to work with an independent tax
> accountant again, but using a larger firm is also possible.
> I am writing this in the hope that someone here might be, or know, an
> accountant interested in taking us on as a client. I'm happy to discuss
> details of our requirements and workflow with interested candidates.
> Bye
> Frederik
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> Frederik Ramm
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