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Re: The Concept of "Charge"

ClosingAp Open Source Integrators Europe, LDA, Daniel Reis
- 15/06/2020 11:26:15

What you describe looks like Analytical Accounts.
I could see those items as AAs, and each would have budgets and real expenses assigned.
In case you need multidimension (example: expense type + department or segment), you need to use Analytic Tags.

Consider if Analytic Account fit your use case before implementing Activities.
And if you do implement Activities, consider building them on top of Analytic Accounts.


On 15/06/2020 09:47, Kitti Upariphutthiphong wrote:
Thank you to all for the opinion.

I came across the "Charge" because I have the need to do comparing report between "planned budget" and "resulting expense" with "activity based".

  • At the time of Budget Planning, it is for "End Users", so things must make sense for them, and accounting code is not. User wants to plan with "Activity based" (i.e., traveling by land, traveling by air, training inhouse, training aborad, etc., which they map with an account code)
  • At the time of PR, the "Product" is not even chosen yet, and the user will be using "Activity" to make purchase request,
  • Only at the time of PO and Invoice that, "Product" and "Accounting Code" is viable. Still the "Activity" matrix need to be there too.
With that, we can compare "Plan" and "Result" in activity terms.

I might have messed up my requirement with the "Charge" or "Product" concept. With you guys answer I think I am more cleared myself.

I will have create the "Activity" matrix, and deploy them on both Plan and Resulting document. Will make it the PR to OCA, although I am not sure it will be generic enough.

Thank you all!

On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 10:26 AM Dominique k <> wrote:
If you consider odoo accounting alone, using products is a perfectly fine solution.

Problem is when you create an invoice from a sales order. You can't just swap the products for accounting purposes. (You don't have the choice for the product)
Then if you need to change the account, or the tax, unless you want the accountant to review each invoice line (and you can end with 30 lines each time), you need some sort of automation. As of today, the default mechanism is the "fiscal position"...


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On Mon, 15 Jun 2020 at 10:57, Richard deMeester <> wrote:


In the Accounting package I was previously involved in writing, they used the concept of a "dissection" to hide the account number complexities - it had account numbers, default descriptions, linked tax codes, etc, and could be used directly in invoices.  The idea was to bridge the gap between those encoding the information from the knowledge required to accurately map it to the General Ledger.

In Odoo, if the information is not coming from a Sales Order or Purchase Order, then just using a (dummy or otherwise) product on a customer invoice line is a solution - and could be unticked for can be sold / can be purchased.  Otherwise, it could be set up as a service.

I like the "cleanliness" of a separate concept to bring in the information which avoids the need for dummy products, but most clients don't mind lumping them in to their products, and don't want different areas to maintain it all...

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From: Kitti Upariphutthiphong <>
Sent: Friday, 12 June 2020 8:21 PM
To: Contributors <>
Subject: The Concept of "Charge"
Dear contributors,

Coming from other ERPs, there is a concept of Charge, which is very useful. You can read it here,

From time to time, we will face situations where only "Charge" is suitable (compared to using product or direct account selection).
Note: some time it is called "Activity".

Anyone heard about the "Charge" concept before?


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