Hi all, so I have been implementing ERPNext in a retail business in my country (Tanzania) for the past couple of months. Everything has went smooth and they love the product except for the Accounting department who insist that an Accounting feature is missing. The ability to make GL Payments in payment entry module. i.e the ability to make payments to parties who can not be grouped as either Supplier nor Customer
A simple example is for payments of withholding Taxes deducted from supplier invoices. In Tanzania, companies of a certain size are required by law to deduct 5% of a suppliers invoice and pay it to the government as withholding tax for the supplier. In other accounting systems that they showed me this is handled by Registering the Purchase Invoice, Paying the invoiced amount minus the 5% then doing a journal entry to transfer the 5% to a payable account for Withholding Taxes. Then at the end of the month a single payment is made to the Government equaling the amount in the Withholding Taxes account. The payment they is insist has to be recorded as a Payment Entry and not a Journal Entry and showed me multiple accounting systems that have this feature.
I have edited the Payment Entry doctype in ERPNext to enable this but before I make it available for them to use I just wanted to ask if anybody else has encountered a similar issue and how they resolved it. In hindsight I probably should have asked this before I went about editing the Payment Entry but then…!