SPI branch in Spain

From: Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo <jsogo(at)debian(dot)org>
To: spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org
Subject: SPI branch in Spain
Date: 2003-01-09 22:01:02
Message-ID: 20030109220102.GC17625@matrix.jaimedelamo.eu.org
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There are an option of obtaining a big donation in Spain for Debian.
The main problem is the lack of a proper organization to receive the
money. That's why some of the Spanish developers are thinking a way
to handle this. We would like to find a way which could be used for
other donations, as it has happened before that some donations have
been very problematic to be received.

I have been reading the Spanish laws about this issue, and I think
that there are these options:

1. Use ffis e.V. in Germany. That has problems with the fees
charged by banks and as I understand from the laws I have read, no
tax deduction. I'm not completely sure about this, as that is a EU
issue which could be in other diferrent law, but as I read the law,
you have to register also in Spain to have the tax exemptions.

2. Create a different asocciaton here like ffis e.V. with a bank
account and handle ourselves the donation. This new association
could be created as SPI España, to be able to receive also possible
donations to other projects under SPI umbrella, as GNOME or OFTC.

3. Register SPI also in Spain. This way SPI could open a bank
account here and benefit from donations directly under the control
of the SPI Treasurer, or a delegate here in Spain. The account
could be created in a bank offering Internet operations (only in
Spanish). The thing that is more problematic with this is that it's
needed a signed act where the foreign association agrees to open
the delegation here. Also it's needed the documentation that probes
that the association has been legally constituted in the US. This
means some snail mail.

Comments, suggestions?

Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo


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