The Transition to Digital Bookkeeping: A New Chapter for Danish Companies

Katharina Amann Bærnholdt - Content Specialist at Uniify

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Effective July 1, 2022, Denmark introduced transformative accounting legislation that mandates a shift to digital bookkeeping for all companies starting July 1, 2024. This law requires all bookkeeping to be done digitally, marking a big change for businesses in Denmark.

This article will dive into the specific changes and their impact on businesses, detailing the transition to digital systems.

The Digitalisation Requirement

The centerpiece of this legislation is the requirement for all businesses to move towards digital accounting. This measure aims to minimise errors and prevent fraud in financial reporting, as well as strengthen information security across the country. A significant benefit of this shift is the improvement of administrative processes, potentially leading to increased efficiency for businesses.

Besides reducing errors and preventing fraud, digital accounting facilitates a more streamlined approach to financial reporting. It enables advanced data analytics to help businesses optimise budgets and improve their overall financial strategies. The shift to digitalisation is therefore not only a step towards compliance but also a worthy investment in the long-term growth and stability of the business.

Choosing Between "Standard" and "Non-standard" Systems

In implementing digital bookkeeping, companies are faced with a choice between using a "standard bookkeeping system" and a "non-standard bookkeeping system". By choosing a standard system, the provider of the system is responsible for fulfilling the technical requirements. On the other hand, choosing a non-standard system means more responsibility for the company in terms of documentation and maintenance of the system to ensure compliance with the legislation.

The Danish Business Authority's role is crucial in this context, as they will register and authorise digital accounting systems as standard systems. This step effectively guides businesses in their choice of an accounting system.

The Danish Business Authority's approach to authorising and registering digital bookkeeping systems ensures a quality stamp that can guide businesses in their digital transformation. This authorisation process is not only a means to ensure compliance, but also works as a resource for businesses seeking reliable and secure solutions for their bookkeeping needs.

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The Implementation Process and Transition Period

The implementation of digital accounting systems involves a transition period where companies need to assess their current systems and make decisions based on the new legal requirements. The process includes evaluating whether their existing systems can be upgraded to fulfil the new requirements or whether they need to switch to a completely new system. Regardless of the choice, businesses must prepare thoroughly and ensure they are compliant. Furthermore, it's also important to have a solid data transfer and system integration plan to avoid data loss and minimise disruption in daily operations. 

Guidance and Counselling

To facilitate the transition, the Danish Business Authority has developed guidelines and resources to help businesses navigate through the new requirements. This includes tools to help businesses understand whether they are affected by the digital accounting requirement, as well as detailed guides that answer frequently asked questions and provide examples. Businesses are strongly advised to utilise these resources to ensure they fully understand the extent of the law and their responsibilities.

The Future of Digital Bookkeeping in Denmark

The implementation of mandatory digital bookkeeping marks a significant change in the Danish business world. Though the shift may seem challenging, it paves the way for significant improvements in efficiency and data security. By choosing between standard and non-standard systems, navigating the implementation process, and utilising available guidance and consulting, businesses can ensure a smooth transition to digital accounting. This chapter in Danish business is not only a transition to digital bookkeeping, but also an opportunity for companies to strengthen their operational framework and future-proof their processes.

As we move forward, digital bookkeeping will not only shape the way businesses operate internally, but also how they interact with stakeholders, including investors, clients, and the public sector. This change will facilitate a more transparent, accountable, and dynamic business economy in Denmark, where data-driven decision-making becomes more the norm than the exception. 

For more insights on navigating the digital bookkeeping transition and to ensure your accounting practices are fully compliant, visit our site for accountants and bookkeepers.


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