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Accounting and Reporting

This page contains GitLab's accounting and reporting policies, desktop procedures and guidelines. Our goal is to complete the monthly accounting close process within 10 business days from the last day of the month. Accounting and reporting process at GitLab is classified as enumerated below.

Quote to cash

Quote to Cash is a set of business processes from receiving and fulfilling customer requests for products or services to collecting cash. Below is the list of applications used in this process.

Applications Purpose of the application
Sales force Application used for generating leads, updating opportunities and generating quotes
Data fox Tool used for obtaining lead details
Zuora Application used for managing price masters, invoicing to customers and updating collections from customers
Shopify Application used for sale of GitLab merchandise to customers
Net Suite ERP system used to record the financial transactions

Below are the sub processes in Quote to Cash Process

1. Customer account management and lead conversion to opportunity

Desktop procedures

2. Price master management

Desktop procedures

3. Quote creation

Desktop procedures

4. Reseller management

Desktop procedures

5. Contract management

Desktop procedures

6. Invoicing to customers

Desktop procedures

** Calculated Billings** Calculated billings is defined as revenue plus the sequential change in total deferred revenue as presented on the balance sheet.

We do not believe that calculated billings provides a meaningful indicator of financial performance as billings can be impacted by timing volatility of renewals, co-terming upgrades and multi year prepayment of subscriptions.

For order approval and invoicing process please view the Billing Ops page.

Invoicing: One Time Events

  1. Send the below information via email to
    • Company name
    • Company AP email
    • Address
    • Billing contact name
    • Billing contact email
    • Charge amount
    • Event name and subject

Amendments to Subscriptions

To amend a customer's account, choose one of the options below from the subscription page in Zuora.

  1. Terms and Conditions - used to change the end date of a product
  2. New Product - choose when adding a product
  3. Update a product - choose when making a change to a current product
  4. Remove a product - used when removing a product
  5. Renewal

Zuora Subscription Data Management

Basic Assumptions

New Accounts vs New Subscriptions

There are instances where a new account in Zuora is required rather than just a new subscription in an existing account. This is determined by the sold-to contact person.

Within the customer account portal, customers can only see a single Zuora account at a time. If a customer wants to add a subscription and the contact information is the same, then the subscription can be added to the existing account.

If a customer wants an additional subscription for a different sold to contact, then a new Zuora account will be created so that every sold to contact can log into the portal and manage their subscriptions.

Linking Renewal Subscriptions

When a customer renews their subscription, a new subscription is typically created. This can create challenges for calculating metrics like dollar retention for a subscription because once subscription has ended and another has started. To address this, a linkage is made between the original subscription and its renewal(s).

The field Renewal subscription is used to create the mapping. These are the following constraints on this field:

The process to make the linkage is as follows:

  1. Cancel the old subscription in Zuora.
  2. Copy and paste the new subscription in "Renewal Subscription" field with no trailing spaces.

Zuora subscription status 'active'

The active subscription status in Zuora needs to be reviewed in connection to the end date. If the end date is in the future it means that the subscription is still within the term and the customer is able to use the product. An ‘active’ subscription with an end date in the past means that the subscription was not renewed and the customer doesn’t have access to the product since the end date. We currently don’t actively cancel these subscriptions as this is a manual process and the cancellation or lack of it does not have any impact on other processes. Additionally, where subscriptions remain in an active status they can be renewed by the customers on the customer portal

7. Invoice cancellations and refunds

Desktop procedures

For step by step processes please view Billing Ops page.

How to process a partial refund in Stripe

  1. Log in to Stripe.
  2. Type in the cardholder’s name in the search field at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on the original charge that will be refunded.
  4. Click on the refund button.
  5. Enter in the amount to refund.
  6. Enter in the reason code.
  7. In the description field, enter the reason for the refund and include the invoice that was created in Zuora for the refunded amount.
  8. Click on refund.
  9. Go back to Zuora.
  10. Put the customer account in silent mode under "Communication Profile."
  11. Post the invoice draft.
  12. Transfer to credit balance.
    • Accounting Code: Stripe - Inc
  13. Put the customer account back into Default/B2B under "Communication Profile."
  14. Verify that the balance due is $0.00 on the refund invoice that was created.
  15. Manually e-mail the customer, do not use Zuora to create the email as you cannot update the contents. Include a screenshot of the partial refund from Stripe and attach a copy of the refund invoice.

8. Revenue recognition and accounting for other quote to cash transactions in Net Suite

Desktop procedures

9. Accounting for income from sale of merchandise

Desktop procedures

Posting Swag Shop transactions in NetSuite Transactions from the Swag Shop are remitted to the Comerica checking account daily and should be booked in NetSuite at the end of each month.

  1. In Shopify, download the transaction report in CSV format (found under Orders, then Export).
    • This report contains swag shop revenue and tax data to be recorded in NetSuite.
  2. In portal used for swag download the orders report which should include cost for swag sold.
  3. Record the revenue, tax, cost and cash received. At times cost maybe estimated using a historical average.
  4. Record the tax collected in the Ava Tax Portal.
  5. Create a journal entry in NetSuite under the GitLab Inc subsidiary, using the last day of the month as the entry date.

10. Accounting for income on GCP referral

Desktop procedures

11. Accounts receivable

Desktop procedures

Accounting for customer collections Cash Receipt

Credit card customer

Follow this procedure if the customer paid by credit card. You may recall from the invoicing process that there was still a balance due when saving the invoice. The following steps will record the payment and remove the balance due.

  1. Login to Stripe dashboard and click on Payments under Transactions (left hand side). You will see a listing of the latest Stripe transactions listed by amount, Recurly transaction, name, date, and time. There is also an option to filter the report by clicking on XXX at the top left. Click on XXX to export to excel. This will give you a workbook area and also a breakdown of the fees which we will work on later.
  2. In NetSuite, click on the "Transactions" tab on the left.
    • Click on the orange "OPEN INVOICES " tab. This will bring up all open invoices listed by date, invoice #, customer, etc.
  3. Match invoice #s between the Stripe dashboard and NetSuite. If you click on a transaction in the Stripe dashboard, it will take you to a screen that shows more detail, including the invoice # being paid. You can work your way from the bottom up.
  4. In NetSuite, click "Receive Payment" on the matched payment and invoice.
  5. Receiving the payment
    • Enter the payment date, which is the payment date from Stripe dashboard.
    • Payment method = Credit Card.
    • Reference no. = "Recurly Transaction ID:" found under Metadata in Stripe dashboard.
    • Deposit to = Stripe.
    • NetSuite will auto-fill the payment amount with the entire balance due. No need to change this unless the payment amount from Stripe is different.
    • Click on "Save and Close".
    • Repeat the above for all the remaining invoices that were paid by credit card.
  6. Post a journal entry to record Stripe Fees.
    • In NetSuite, click on the "+" sign. Under "Other", select "Journal Entry".
    • It is okay to leave the journal date as long as it is within the month the fees were incurred. If not, change it to the last day of the month.
    • NetSuite will auto fill the journal number. Do not change.
    • Account #1 Entry
      • Fill the "Account #1" entry with "Credit Card Transaction fees".
      • Fill the "Debits" entry with the value from the Stripe report that was exported. The value will be the sum of "Column I" in the Stripe report, which is the fee amount. Be sure to only sum the rows which you just posted payments for.
      • Leave the "Credits" entry empty.
      • Fill the "Description" entry with "To record credit card transaction fees for period (enter the date range for the transactions posted)".
      • Leave the "Name" entry empty.
      • Fill the "Class" entry with "Sales".
    • Account #2 Entry
      • Fill the "Account #2" entry with "Stripe".
      • Leave the "Debits" entry empty.
      • The "Credits" entry will autofill. This should be the same amount as the "Debits" entry for Account #1.
      • The "Description" entry will autofill. This should be the same as the "Description" entry for Account #1.
      • Leave the "Name" entry blank.
      • Leave the "Class" entry blank.
      • Click "Save".

This transaction transfers the payment obligation from the customer to Stripe. The payment obligation from Stripe is removed when Stripe transfers the funds to GitLab's bank account.

Posting a payment from Stripe when a transfer is received from Stripe

Post a journal entry:

  1. Fill the "Journal Date" with the date that payment was received in the bank.
  2. Fill the "Credit Account" with Stripe.
  3. Fill the "Debit Account" with "Comerica Checking - GitLab Inc."
  4. Leave "Name" blank.
  5. Leave "Class" blank.
  6. Fill the "Description" with "To record Stripe transfer (date of transfer)".
  7. Click "Save".

Posting a payment from a “bank customer”

In Netsuite:

  1. Click on the “+” sign.
  2. Click on “Receive Payment” under Customers.
  3. Fill the "Payment Date" with the date payment was received.
  4. Fill the "Payment Method" choose from the dropdown menu.
  5. Fill the "Reference No." with the check # or bank reference # from incoming wire.
  6. Fill the "Deposit to" with "Comerica Checking".
  7. Fill the "Amount Received" with the amount received from the incoming wire.

For step by step cash collections process please view Billing Ops page.

Account receivable provisions, bad debts and other period close adjustments

Accounts Receivable Performance Indicators

Time for Invoices to be generated when a deal is closed won in Salesforce < 24 hours

The time from when a deal is closed won in Salesforce to when the invoice is generated. Professional services are excluded from this performance indicator. This is tracked over a calendar month. The target is < 24 hours.

12. Commission payouts to sales executives

Desktop procedures

Procure to Pay

Procure to pay is the process of requisitioning, purchasing, receiving, paying for and accounting for goods and services. It includes the following sub processes

1. Requirement Identification / Requisition

2. Vendor Selection

3. Vendor Master Management

  1. New vendors will be added into Tipalti by AP which will generate an onboarding email request to the vendor (Tipalti is an AP Payment Processing System that feeds data into NetSuite). New vendors are identified by an approved finance issue. If the vendor is not already set up in NetSuite it is considered a new vendor.
  2. Once a vendor receives the onboarding request, they will need to onboard themselves into the portal and have to include their banking details and tax information which will all be stored in the secure portal.
  3. Once a vendor onboards themselves in Tipalti the vendor record will auto feed into NetSuite and the vendor is created. Only after a vendor has onboarded themselves into Tipalti will they be ready to have invoices processed against their vendor record.
  4. The vendor will receive auto generated instructions via email on how to submit their invoices to GitLab upon onboarding. They can submit their invoices directly to the Tipalti portal or send them to
  5. If a vendor has any questions and/or ap inquiries please email them to

Please note Tipalti go live is 2019-11-01; therefore, any already existing active vendors will be sent a one-time onboarding request from Tipalti via email. Vendors need to onboarded themselves into Tipalti in order to be paid. If you are a GitLab recurring vendor and did not get an onboarding email from Tipalti please reach out to

4. Order Management

5. Contract management

6. Invoice Accounting

Invoices will arrive by email to or directly uploaded into the Tipalti Portal by the vendor.

  1. The invoice is auto scanned into Tipalti (Tipalti is an AP Payment Processing System that feeds data into NetSuite)
  2. AP locates the finance issue which corresponds with the invoice received to identify the invoice approver and the GL coding. If the invoice does not have a finance issue the AP team verifies that it is a recurring vendor and seeks approval from the prior invoice approver and ensures the approver is in line with the authorization matrix. If AP receives an invoice and it is not a recurring vendor and/or there is no approved finance issue, AP will not record the invoice in NetSuite. AP will then locate the team member requesting the service and will ask them to reference an approved finance issue before the invoice could be recorded. AP will reference the finance issue in the header of the invoice when processing in Tipalti.
  3. AP routes the invoice to the appropriate GitLab team-member(s) via the Tipalit portal to obtain approval.
  4. The bill approver(s) are responsible to ensure that services/items were rendered/received as expected and billed accordingly. They also need review the account, department and class to ensure bill is coded in line with the expected budget.
  5. Once the requestor approves the invoice via Tipalti AP will be notified and Tipalti will automatically update the status of the invoice to approved and will record the transaction into NetSuite.
  6. Tipalti will send auto notifications to the business partners if they do not approve an invoice timely. If an approver rejects the invoice AP will be notified and will act accordingly.

Entering a Bill (invoice) in NetSuite Please note the below steps reference how to manually enter bills into NetSuite. Effective 2019-11-01 all AP invoices should be getting processed through Tipalti and will automatically record the transaction into NetSuite after the invoice has been approved by the corresponding business partner.

  1. On the home page, click the “+” icon near the global search bar at the top of the screen and select “Bill."
  2. Select the appropriate vendor record. If adding a new vendor, follow the bullets below before proceeding, otherwise skip to step 3.
    • Enter the company name, email address, applicable subsidiary, physical address, payment terms, primary currency, and Tax ID. (Note that the address field is located under the "Address" tab, while the Tax ID, primary currency, and payment terms fields are located under the "Financial" tab)
    • Enter the banking information in the "Comments" field then click “Save.”
    • Go to the "+" icon at the top of the vendor record and select "Bill" from the dropdown box.
  3. Enter Bill date. The due date should auto-fill based on payment terms entered during vendor setup. If not, select the correct due date and update the vendor record after the bill has been entered and saved.
  4. Enter Bill number.
  5. Go to the "Expense and Items" tab below to enter the expense details.
  6. Select appropriate GL-account under the "Account" dropdown box. (Be sure to check whether the invoice represents a prepaid expense, fixed asset, etc.)
  7. Enter Bill amount.
  8. Select tax code, if applicable.
  9. Enter department. (This must be entered if the account you selected in step 6 is an expense account)
  10. Add attachments: Go to the "Communication" tab and find the "Files" subtab.
  11. Click "New File.” A new window will appear, allowing you to select the file you wish to attach.
  12. In the new window, select the "Attachments Received" folder in the dropdown box, then click "Choose File" to attach both a copy of the vendor bill and email approval. (The supporting email approval must be attached along with a copy of the invoice)
  13. Click "Save.”
  14. In Google Drive, file invoice in the “Unpaid” folder.

7. Payment Process

Processing payment for invoices

  1. On a weekly basis, AP will generate a batch in Tipalti of invoices due to be paid.
  2. AP will submit the batch to the payment approvers through the Tipalti portal.
  3. Management will review and approve the payment batches directly in the Tipalti portal.
  4. Once payments are approved the vendors will be paid and Tipalti will automatically record the payment in NetSuite and change the status of the invoice to paid.

Please note: Invoices will be paid upon vendor payment terms. Any invoice approved and sent to AP by EOD Tuesday can be paid the same week on Friday and/or based on the vendor payment terms if the terms are NOT due UPON Receipt. Any invoice approved and sent to AP from Wednesday to Friday of that week will be paid the following Friday and/or based on the vendor payment terms, whichever comes first.

8. Employee reimbursements - Expensify

Processing Expensify Reports

  1. Expensify will auto sync and record expense reports into NetSuite once the report is "final approved." "Final Approved," means it has been approved by the employee's manager and completed an audit review by a finance team member.
  2. Accounting will do a daily check to ensure all reports which are "final approved" are successfully synced. If any errors arise, AP will work out the errors until the report syncs into NetSuite.

Paying Expensify Reports

  1. Employee's in a US policy will be automatically reimbursed through Expensify after their report is "final approved" within 1-4 business days. Once an employee is reimbursed Expensify will auto sync the payment to the record to close the report as paid.
  2. All other employees who are not paid directly through Expensify, payroll and/or a 3rd party vendor will be paid directly through GitLab's AP department with the normal weekly Friday AP payment run as long as their report was "final approved" no later than EOD Tuesday of that same week. Any report "final approved" on Wednesday to Friday of that week will be reimbursed the following Friday. Once an employee is reimbursed AP will create the payment in NetSuite against the record to close the report as paid. These reports will be paid through Tipalti (an AP payment processing tool)

Tipalti Paid Reports paid through GitLab's AP Department:

  1. AP will send the employee an auto generated email from Tipalti with instructions on how to onboard. Only after an employee onboards themselves in Tipalti will payments be issued. (A one-time onboarding request will be sent to active employee's on 2019-10-28 to allow them time to onboard themselves in the portal). Any employee's after 2019-11-01 will be sent onboarding requests upon hire and/or upon first submission of an expense report.

Please Note: The timing of reimbursement can vary if you are being reimbursed directly from payroll, CXC, SafeGuard and/or iiPay

Expense Specialist Job Family Performance Indicators

  1. Average days to action <= 3 business days

    Number of days from when an employee's manager approves report to when expense specialist does final approval for payment or responds to employee in Expensify if there is a concern. (Approval for payment is not the reimbursement date.) This is calculated on a calendar month basis. The target for this is currently three business days.

  2. Time to get a new employee set up in Expensify < 3 business days

    Have new employee set up in Expensify within 3 business days from employee start date.

Travel and Expense Guidelines

Spend reduction

When reducing spend, we'll not take the easy route of (temporarily) reducing discretionary spending. Discretionary spending includes expenses like travel, conferences, gifts, bonuses, merit pay increases and summits. By reducing in these areas we put ourselves at risk of increasing voluntary turnover among the people we need most. Discretionary spending is always subject to questioning, we are frugal and all spending needs to contribute to our goals. But we should not make cuts in reaction to the need to reduce spend; that would create a mediocre company with mediocre team members. Instead, we should do the hard work of identifying positions and costs that are not contributing to our goals. Even if this causes a bit more disruption in the short term, it will help us ensure we stay a great place to work for the people who are here.

Renting Cars in the United States and Canada

Third Party Liability

Purchase the liability insurance that is excess of the standard inclusion of State minimum coverage in the rental agreement at the rental agency. GitLab’s insurance policy provides liability insurance for rental cars while conducting company business, but it may be excess over any underlying liability coverage through the driver or credit card company used to purchase the rental.

Purchase the liability offered at the rental counter if there are foreign employees renting autos in the US or Canada. While workers' compensation would protect an injured US employee, other passengers may have the right to sue. To ensure that GitLab has protection when a foreign employee invites another person into the car we recommend the purchase of this insurance when offered at the rental counter.

Physical Damage – Collision Damage Waiver

Do not purchase the Collision Damage Waiver offered at the rental counter. GitLab purchases coverage for damage to rented vehicles. If travel to Mexico is required, purchase the liability insurance for Mexico offered at the rental counter. You should verify that the rental agreement clearly states that the vehicle may be driven into Mexico and liability coverage will apply.

Renting Cars- Countries other than the US and Canada

Third Party Liability

Purchase the liability insurance offered at the rental counter when traveling outside the US and Canada. Automobile Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability insurance are required by law in almost every country. Please verify this coverage is included with the rental agreement.

Physical Damage – Collision Damage Waiver

Purchase the Collision Damage Waiver or Physical Damage Coverage offered by the rental agency when traveling outside the US and Canada.

In the event of an accident resulting in damage to the rental car, the foreign rental agency will charge the credit card used to make the reservation with an estimated amount of repair costs if insurance is not purchased. If this happens, GitLab does not purchase Foreign Corporate Hired Auto Physical Damage Coverage to reimburse for damages.

Personal Use by Employee or Family Members of Business Auto Rentals

Coverage is not provided for personal use of automobiles or when family members are driving. Please evaluate whether your own personal automobile insurance provides an extension for this coverage. If it does not, or you are renting a vehicle outside the US or Canada or taking a US rented vehicle into Mexico, we recommend that you purchase the liability and physical damage coverage offered by the rental agency to protect your personal liability when not engaged in company business. GitLab will not pay for liability or damage to the rental vehicle resulting from personal use or use by non-employees.

Non-Reimbursable Expenses

In order to purchase goods and services on behalf of the company, you should first consult the Signature Authorization Matrix to determine the approval requirements. Note that this does not include travel expenses and other incidentals. These expenses should be self-funded then submitted for reimbursement within Expensify, or in the case of independent contractors, included in invoices to the company (per the guidelines above).

If approval is not required, then proceed and send the invoice to Accounts Payable ( If approval is required, create a confidential issue in the Finance Issue Tracker and tag the required functional and financial approvers. Most importantly, the team member making the purchase request is ultimately responsible for final review and approval of the invoices. Final review and approval are critical process controls that help ensure we don't make erroneous payments to vendors. All original invoices and payment receipts must be sent to Accounts Payable.

Creation of Expense Tags

In NetSuite: If you would like to track spend for a particular campaign, project and/or event you can do that through expense tag also known as classes in NetSuite. If you would like to request an expense tag to be set up please send your request to and they can set it up for you.

  1. In NetSuite go to Setup-Company-Classes-New
  2. Add the name of the expense tag under Name
  3. Under subsidiaries highlight GitLab Inc and check the box that states "Include in Children"
  4. Save

Expensify will auto-sync any new "expense tags" on a daily basis but if the Expensify admin wants to manually sync they can by following these steps:

In Expensify:

  1. Go to the Admin page and click on the Policies tab.
  2. Select a policy and find the Connections subtab. The NetSuite connector is located on this page.
  3. Click the Sync Now button for the NetSuite connector. The page will run a prompt showing sync status.
  4. Once the syncing process is complete, go to the Tags subtab.
  5. Search for the tag by name under classifications (i.e. the NetSuite profiles created in prior steps)

Company Credit Cards

We have worked to reduce the number of outstanding company credit cards in an effort to centralize corporate purchasing, however, there are still certain situations where it may be more practical to issue additional corporate cards. This will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and final approval will come from the CFO. Please contact the Finance team if you would like further information on this.

GitLab team-members carrying company cards in their name are required to submit expenses in Expensify on a monthly basis. Reports are to be submitted no later than the fourth business day of each month as the American Express statement period-end date is generally between the 28th and 30th of each month.

Card transactions are auto-imported into Expensify which then auto-generates the expense reports to match that of the American Express statements. Below you will find directions on how to sign up for an American Express account and submit these expenses in accordance with company policy.

Creating an American Express account

Once you receive your card, register the card in the American Express portal.

Submitting company credit card expenses

On a daily basis, Expensify will auto-generate an expense report and leave the report open until it is submitted. You can submit your report(s) on a regular basis but need to ensure that all are submitted no later than the 3rd business day following the statement end date. Please help to ensure you are submitting all expenses which corresponds to the American Express statement period. Accounting will send out a reminder email informing you of the statement period and due date of when the report(s) need to be submitted by. Before submitting any expense report you must ensure the following:

1. Coding expenses

2. Required supplementary information Certain purchases require additional data in order for the Finance team to accurately process transactions.

Expense reports are considered incomplete if missing any of the following data:

3. Attaching receipts

4. Submit the report

Note that company credit card expenses should never be commingled with reimbursable expense reports. Reimbursable expenses should always be submitted separately. Please contact the Accounting Manager if you have any questions.

9. Summit Costs and other key expenses

Marketing Campaign Expenses Please see the campaign expense guidelines in the Marketing handbook. GitLab Contribute Cost Tracking (Previously GitLab Summit) Tracking expenses for company Contributes enables us to analyze our spend and find opportunities to iterate, and in turn, improve subsequent Contributes. To enable tracking we create an expense tag that will allow GitLab team-members to tag Contribute related expenses in Expensify. This should be done prior to the announcement of each Contribute.

10. Research & Development

Property, Plant and Equipment

Property, plant and equipment is the long-term asset or noncurrent asset section of the balance sheet. Following are the sub-processes:

1.Capital Budgeting

2.Acquisition and Capitalization

Capital Assets Policy

Purpose This policy establishes the minimum cost (capitalization amount) used to determine the capital assets recorded in GitLab's financial statements.

Capital Assets Defined

A “Capital Asset” is a unit of property that has an economic useful life extending beyond 12 months and was acquired (or in some cases, produced) for a cost of $5,000 (USD) or more. Capital Assets must be capitalized and depreciated for financial reporting purposes.

Capitalization Thresholds

GitLab establishes $5,000 (USD) as the minimum amount required for capitalization. Any item with a cost below this amount is expensed on the date of purchase.



All capital assets are recorded at historical cost as of the acquisition date. These assets are depreciated on a straight-line basis, with the number of depreciation periods being determined by asset class.

Invoices and purchase receipts for capital assets are retained for a minimum of five years.

4.Fixed Asset Register and Asset Tracking

Items paid for by the company are property of the company. Assets with purchasing value in excess of $5000 USD are recorded through NetSuite and tracked using BlackLine with an account reconciliation which includes details by individual asset purchased. The account reconciliation serves as an asset register. The accounting team we capture by individual asset purchased the following information:

  1. Period and Date of purchase
  2. Asset Cost
  3. Asset Category
  4. Asset Description
  5. Useful life
  6. Name of employee assets was purchased on behalf of
  7. Serial number, if available
  8. GL Coding

Once the information is captured in BlackLine a depreciation schedule will populate and accounting will book an entry in NetSuite each month to record the depreciation of the asset until it is fully depreciated.

5. Disposition of an Asset

Assets will be disposed of if purchased by an employee upon termination (if approved by ITOps) or if the item is no longer useful before the useful life.

  1. If a team member would like to purchase an asset from the company (i.e. a laptop), they would request through an issue to IT Ops and accounting to obtain the amount to be paid. This is derived from original cost less accumulated depreciation. If and asset is purchased accounting team will collect the funds and will book the appropriate accounting treatment to dispose of the asset.

  2. If an asset is no longer usable before the useful life has been reached the employee needs to submit an issue to IT Ops and accounting to inform them. IT Ops will evaluate and if they deem the item is no longer useful accounting will book the appropriate accounting treatment to dispose of the asset.

Record to Report

Record to report is a Finance and Accounting process which involves recording financial transactions that will provide stakeholders with financial information to understand how the business is performing.

Below is the list of applications used in this process.

Application Purpose of the application
Net Suite ERP system used by the Finance team to record the financial activity
Blackline Application used to automate and standardize reconciliation process
Carta Stock option administration, capitalization table and equity management software platform
Zuora Application used for invoicing to customers

Accounting Policies

Record to report process is governed by the following accounting policies:

Purpose This policy defines related-party transactions, identifies the significance of related party accounting implications and provides guidance regarding approval and reporting of related-party transactions in relation to GitLab.

Scope This procedure applies to the Key Management Personnel (members of the e-group), Board of Directors and their relevant entities/VC’s they represent and to all the related party transactions. Finance and Legal will jointly review all reported potential related party transactions.

Policy All transactions with related parties require the prior approval of the Chief Financial Officer. In the event the related party transaction involves the Chief Financial Officer the Chief Legal Officer will be responsible for approving. In considering the approval of a related-party transaction, a legitimate business case must be developed including the arm's length nature of the proposed transaction and the disclosure implications of such a transaction in GitLab's financial statements. Applicable standard or Regulation Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation S-K (Item 404 (b); FASB statement no 57. Definitions: Related party transactions: A business deal or arrangement between two parties who have an existing relationship (i.e a purchasing agent buying materials from a company owned by a spouse).Transactions that exceed $120,000 per year concerning executives, directors and stakeholders with 5% or more of company stock (or an immediate family member) legally requires disclosure to the SEC for publicly traded companies per Security and Exchange Commission Regulation S-K Item 404 (b). Related Party: The Financial Accounting Standards Board defines a related party in Statement No. 57 (FASB 57), Related Party Disclosures. For the purposes of this policy, a related party is:

  1. An employee of GitLab
  2. An affiliate of GitLab
  3. A principal owner of GitLab
  4. Members of the immediate family of an employee or principal owner of GitLab
  5. A trust for the benefit of employees
  6. An entity for which investments are accounted for by the equity method Another party may also be considered a related party if it can significantly influence the management and operating policies of GitLab. Related-party transactions may be recurring or infrequent in nature.

Procedures Accounting Implications The existence of related-party transactions may have a significant effect on GitLab’s financial statements. Transactions between or among related parties differ from transactions between unrelated parties in that they are, by definition, not at arm's length. Not dealing at arm's length may significantly influence the price and terms of transactions, and make it difficult to distinguish between the form and the substance of the transaction. Except for recurring transactions, the assumption is that it is difficult to substantiate that a related-party transaction is at arm's length as it is generally not possible to determine whether such a transaction would have taken place or what the terms and manner of the settlement would have been had the parties not been related. FASB Statement No. 57 requires GitLab to disclose significant related party relationships and transactions in GitLab's financial statements. This disclosure is considered significant because it provides the user of the financial statements with relevant information to interpret GitLab's operating results. Legal and Finance will send to the relevant parties (Board Members, Key Personnel) quarterly and/or yearly a form to detail potential related party transactions or to confirm those that were reviewed prior of potential related party transactions. These will be reviewed and reported in GitLab’s financial statements as outlined above. Reporting of related party transactions In the event that a related-party transaction is contemplated, the transaction should immediately be discussed with GitLab's chief financial officer or Principal Accounting Officer. Details of the proposed transaction to be discussed include:

  1. The identification of the related party and the affiliation to GitLab
  2. The nature of the proposed transaction and the amount of the transaction
  3. Supporting evidence to support the arm's length nature of the proposed transaction including the terms and manner of settlement had the parties not been related
  4. The anticipated impact on GitLab's financial statement and disclosure In no event should a related-party transaction be entered into without prior written consent of the Chief Financial Officer. In the case that the Chief Financial Officer has a potential conflict of interest the audit committee shall be required to approve the transaction.

Investment Policy

Purpose The purpose of this policy is to establish the responsibility, authority and guidelines for the investment of operating surplus cash. Surplus cash is defined as those funds exceeding the operating requirements of the Company and not immediately required for working capital or near term financial obligations.

Scope This policy shall apply to the Company and all subsidiaries. This investment policy will be reviewed periodically to ensure that it remains consistent with the overall objectives of the Company and with current financial trends.

Approved Brokerage Institutions The Company may use the following brokerage institutions:

  1. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC
  2. Comerica Securities, Inc.

Investment Objectives

The basic objectives of the Company’s investment program are, in order of priority: Safety and preservation of principal by investing in a high quality, diversified portfolio of securities, mutual funds, and bank deposits. Liquidity of investments that is sufficient to meet the Company’s projected cash flow requirements and strategic needs. Maximize after-tax market rates of return on invested funds that are consistent with the stated objectives herein, conservative risk tolerance and the Company’s current tax position. Maturity Limits Individual security maturities should not exceed 24 months. The weighted average maturity of the portfolio shall not exceed 12 months. A maturity or effective maturity by definition shall include puts, announced calls or other structural features which will allow the Company to redeem the investments at a quantifiable price consistent with liquidity, safety and preservation of capital.

Eligible Investments United States Government Securities: Marketable debt securities which are direct obligations of the U.S.A., issued by or guaranteed as to principal and interest by the U.S. Government and supported by the full faith and credit of the United States. United States Government Agency Securities: Debt securities issued by the Government Sponsored Enterprises, Federal Agencies and certain international institutions which are not direct obligations of the United States, but involve Government sponsorship and are fully guaranteed by government agencies or enterprises, including but not limited to: · Federal Farm Credit Bank (FFCB) · Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) · Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC) · Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA)

Money Market funds

Money Market Funds must be rated AAA or equivalent by at least one NRSROs.

At time of purchase investment restrictions:

Investment Products (Rating, Sector Concentration, Issuer Concentration)

  1. US Government (AA+, No Sector Concentration, No Issue Concentration)
  2. Agency (AA+, 50% Sector Concentration, 10% Issuer Concentration)
  3. Money Market Funds - US Government/Treasury (AAA, No Sector Concentration, 50% Issuer Concentration)

Prepaid Expense Policy

Purpose This policy describes the methodology used to monitor and account for GitLab’s prepaid expenses.

Prepaid Expenses Defined A Prepaid Expense arises when a cash disbursement is made for goods and services prior to realizing the associated benefits of the underlying goods and services. These transactions are recorded as assets until the goods and services are realized, at which point an expense is recorded. Our minimum threshold for recording prepaid expenses is $10,000 USD. Anything under this amount is expensed immediately.

Identification and Recording of Prepaid Expenses Once a purchase request makes it through the company approval workflow, Finance will take the following steps to ensure prepaid expenses are recorded accurately:

  1. The Accounts Payable Administrator flags all bills that qualify as prepaid expenses during the normal course of processing bills in the AP mailbox.

  2. The flagged bills are then analyzed and added to the asset register located in Google drive. Information includes expense category, department, benefit period, and amount to be amortized.

  3. At the end of each month, the Accountant reconciles the prepaid additions to the general ledger, which includes verifying amortization schedules and amounts.

Amortization is recorded straight line based on a mid-month amortization method as follows: If the first month of service begins on the 1st to the 15th of the month, a full month amortization will be recorded in the current month. If the first month of service begins on the 16th to the last day of the month, amortization will begin on the 1st day of the subsequent month.

Mid-Month Amortization Method does not apply to prepaid expenses with a monthly amortization equal to or greater than 50,000 USD or if the amortization if spread only over 1 period. If monthly amortization is equal to or more than 50,000 USD, the first month amortization will be calculated based on actual number of days where services were rendered.

Prepaid Not Paid: For any prepaid expenses not processed for payment, an adjustment for "prepaid not paid" is posted to the respective prepaid expense account and AP manual adjusment account (GL Account 2001). A prepaid expense is not treated as an asset if a liability remains in the AP sub-ledger. Prepaid not paid adjusments are performed on a quartly basis at minimum. Any deposits paid which will be held for more than 12 months such as security deposits or deposits to retain consultants will be booked to Security & Other Deposits (GL Account 1620)

Prepaid Bonuses with a Clawback will be recoreded to Prepaid Bonus w/Clawback (GL Account 1152) and will be amortized in accordance with the bonus agreement terms, using the mid-month convention.

  1. Finally, the balance is reviewed one last time when the Controller performs a review of the financials prior to closing the period.

Contribute related expenses Team member travel expenses are expensed in the period incurred. Costs related to third party vendors such as hotels, facilities, excursions are recorded to prepaid expenses and recognized as expense at the time of the event.

Accrued Liabilities Policy

Purpose To provide clear guidance concerning the identification and recording of items included in GitLab’s accrued and other liability accounts. The purpose of monthly accrual processes is to allocate expenses to the proper accounting period and match expenses with related revenues. At the close of each month, accrual processes ensure that all expenses related to that month are correctly included in the company's financial statements. Additionally, this policy establishes standards and guidelines for ensuring that GitLab accounts for monthly accruals in a manner that is compliant with management's objectives and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This policy applies to GitLab and all subsidiaries.

Identification We require that all expenses be recorded where expense exceeds $5K USD or above, in the period the expense was incurred. The accrual process should be completed on a monthly/quarterly basis to ensure liabilities are recorded accurately in their respective periods and/or quarters. Accruals are booked by vendor, invoice and/or approved finance contract issue. If multiple invoices are less than $5K USD for the same vendor in the same period and the aggregate exceeds $5K USD the expense maybe considered for accrual on a quarterly basis.

The following items should be accrued monthly as necessary (note: this list is not all-inclusive):


Obligations that accrue over time are recorded throughout the accounting period in a methodical and rational manner. Obligations that accrue when an event occurs should be recorded at the time of the event.

Factors that are considered in determining the time of recording accrued liabilities include:

  1. Risks of ownership passed to GitLab through receipt of goods or services.
  2. The expense must have been incurred during the month being closed; that is, the product or service must have been received on or before the last day of the month in order to qualify as an expense.
  3. Even though an expense may have been initially budgeted in the month, it is not eligible for accrual unless the company received the product or service.
  4. Accruals are reversed in the next month and re-accrued the following month, as needed.
  5. If payment is due prior to receiving goods or services, the amount should be accrued to prepaid expenses.

Procedural The Finance team is responsible for having procedures in place to reconcile accounts monthly and for keeping documentation to support accrued liabilities. Payables and accrued liabilities are recorded at face value, plus or minus any applicable adjustments. In most cases, the payable amount can be determined from the vendor bill. If not, then the amount should be verified against any relevant documents before recording the liability. When actual values are not available, the recorded value should be based on best available estimates. Estimates should be based on current market price and experience/history.

  1. Legal Professional Fees: Monthly templates are e-mailed by the 1st to all legal firms requesting them to complete with all outstanding bills and unbilled services as of that month end (ex. e-mails are sent by April 1st requesting services as of March 31st). The responses from all legal firms are complied and and reviewed with the VP of Legal - Commercial, IP & Compliance by the 5th, and accruals are made based on the responses and review. In addition, any potential legal contigencies are discussed during the monthly meeting with the VP of Legal and an accrual is recorded if the loss is deemed probable and the amount can be reasonably estimated.
  2. Tax and Audit Professional Fees: Similarlily e-mails with the template are sent to the tax and audit firms and the tax responses are compiled and reviewed with the Director of Tax and the audit firm responses are reviewed with the Accounting and External Reporting Manager by the 5th and appropriate accruals are made based on the review.

The Sr. Accounting Manager is responsible for performing an overall review of accrued liabilities, one to three business days after accounts payable closes each month, to help ensure that all expenses are captured accurately.

Please see Procure-to-Pay

Credit Card Use Policy

Purpose This policy establishes the appropriate business use, responsibilities, and authorization of the Company’s credit card policy. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that Company credit cards are used for appropriate business purposes and that adequate controls are established for day-to-day use.

Scope The Company credit card policy applies to all employees who are approved to use a company credit card, including their managers. This policy defines Company credit card access and use, and expense authorization and reimbursement for company employees. This policy applies to all Company locations and departments.


  1. Employees may be issued a Company credit card where the nature of their job responsibilities requires the purchase of services, business travel or supplies that cannot be obtained through an approved finance contract issue or be invoiced to Gitlab under normal procedures. The credit card should be used only as a last resort or where immediate purchase is needed (eg. at a conference, etc). No other person is permitted to use an approved Company credit card for charges other than the name of the employee that is shown on the credit card (exception under BizOps Card).
  2. Authorization for the issuance of a credit card requires the approval of the Principal Accounting Officer.
  3. Company Credit Cards may not be used for personal expenses of any nature or where an approved finance contract issue process can be used with prior planning involved.
    • Cards are only to be used where pre-planning was not able to occur such as extra food at an event or last-minute materials used to host an event or unusual items at a marketing or sales events that were not anticipated and cannot be directly billed to accounts payable for said event.
    • Recurring charges or anything that can be billed directly through our accounts payable department should NOT be put on the corporate card unless the vendor ONLY accepts a credit card, even if asking for other payment methods.
    • Purchases up to $10,000USD per transaction are allowed to be charged on a card, but any expense over $5,000USD must have an approved finance issue associtated with the expense.
    • Credit cards can be used to charge sponsorships, annual subscriptions or deposits for events if the charge is less than $5,000USD and does not require a signature (remember, anything that needs a signature MUST go through the finance issue approval process no matter the cost). If the expense is between $5,000 USD and $10,000USD and there is an accompanying approved finance issue, you may also use the corporate card.
    • Any purchase exceeding $10,000USD and up to $20,000USD will be allowed to be charged on the card but needs to have an approved finance issue with direct manager approval and/or executive level approval based on our authorization matrix. The approval needs to be attached to the charge in Expensify upon submission.
    • Anything over $20,000USD should not be charged on the card and has to go through the normal finance contract issue approval process.
    • If you have a recurring charge and the vendor only takes credit card we can make an exception to allow the card to be charged if the per-transaction charge is under $10,000USD. If over $10,000USD provide an approved finance issue following the signature authority matrix. You can create a blanket issue for each calendar year.
    • The Corporate Travel Card is to only be used by TripActions to book approved travel on behalf of GitLab through the TripActions portal.
    • The BizOps IT Card is to only be used by BizOps to make purchases for new hire equipment following the Spending Company Money guidelines. This is the only card that is allowed to be shared in a secure vault to only BizOps IT personnel responsible for new hire purchases.
    • The misuse of an approved company credit card by the respective employee will result in disciplinary action and loss of the card.


  1. Authorization for the issuance of a credit card can be obtained by initiating a finance issue and providing the justified business case of why the card is needed. The finance issue must be approved by the Principal Accounting Officer before a card can be issued. Assign the finance issue to the Sr. Accounting Operations Manager and Sr. Accounts Payable Specialist and request approval from the approved person. Please also copy your immediate manager on the issue so they are aware of the request.
  2. If a card is granted, it is the responsibility of the employee to submit timely expense reports within three (3) business days following the credit card billing statement end date.
  3. Monthly, American Express with auto-feed the credit card charges into Expensify under the cardholder name. It is the cardholder’s responsibility to attach each corresponding receipt to each charge and categorize the charge accordingly. Expense reports are to be submitted to accounting no later than the 3rd business day of each month following each statement end date. Failure to meet these policy guidelines on an ongoing basis will result in permanent cancellation of your card! See Company Credit Cards section in the handbook for more details on the submission process.
  4. Once the cardholder submits their report to accounting, accounting will perform their audit review then will forward the report to the card owners’ immediate manager before the report can be processed. The manager is responsible to provide approval no later than 2 business days upon receipt of the report.
  5. Accounting personnel will formally notify the employee’s manager of any outstanding expense reports when 1 business day overdue. When an expense report is 2 business days overdue the next level manager will be notified. Two late expense report submissions will result in permanent cancellation of your card!
  6. The Company reserves the right to revoke the Company credit card at any time and will provide notice to an employee upon doing so.


  1. Employees holding Company credit cards are responsible for adhering to this policy by:
    • Using the cards for their intended purpose.
    • Retaining and attaching receipts to all charges and providing explanations for all credit card transactions.
    • Timely submitting expense reports for any and all credit card transactions.
  2. Managers are responsible for:
    • Limiting the use of Company credit cards to those employees who require a card for company business.
    • Reviewing and approving expense reports for credit card transactions used by their employees on a timely basis.
  3. Accounting personnel are responsible for:
    • Ensuring all credit card transactions are properly authorized and are for business purposes only.
    • Processing payments for credit card statements on a timely basis and accruing for expenses in the proper accounting period.
    • Reviewing all expense reports and forwarding to the employee’s manager for final review and ensure all expenses are recorded accordingly.

Foreign Currency Translation Policy

Overview Foreign currency translation describes the method used in converting a foreign entity's functional currency (as determined and documented in>Finance>Issues>#630) to the reporting entity's financial statement currency. Prior to translating the foreign entity’s financial statements into the reporting entity’s currency, the foreign entity’s financials must be prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), specifically under Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Statement No.52. GitLab’s financial statement reporting currency is USD. The functional currency of our non-U.S. subsidiaries is the local currency. Changes in foreign currency translation are recorded in other comprehensive income (loss), which is reported in the consolidated statement of equity and ultimately carried over to the consolidated balance sheet, under equity.

Exchange Rates Exchange rates used in the currency translation process vary across the three primary financial statement components:

Transaction Risk vs Translation Risk

Currency Transaction Risk Currency transaction risk is due to company transactions denominated in foreign currencies. These transactions must be restated into the entity functional currency equivalents before they can be recorded. Gains(losses) are recognized when a payment is made or interim balance sheet dates.

Currency Translation Risk Currency translation risk occurs due to the company owning assets and liabilities denominated in a foreign currency.

Cumulative Translation Adjustment A cumulative translation adjustment (CTA) is an entry to the comprehensive income section of a translated balance sheet that summarizes the gains(losses) resulting from exchange rate differences over time. Currency values shift constantly, affecting how a currency is valued against others. The CTA is a line item in the consolidated balance sheet that captures gains(losses) associated with international business activity and exposure to foreign markets. The changes in CTA are recorded in other comprehensive income (loss). CTA’s are required under GAAP since they help distinguish between actual operating gains(losses) and those that arise from the currency translation process. Additional information on our reporting standards surrounding CTA's can be found in FASB Topic 830, "Foreign Currency Matters."

Recording CTA - Exchange rate gains and losses for individual transactions are captured automatically by our ERP system, NetSuite. However, a CTA entry must be made in order to properly distinguish currency translation gains(losses) from other general gains(losses) in the consolidated financial statements. This entry includes reconciliation of any intercompany activity that generates foreign exchange gains(losses). The CTA is made on a monthly basis as part of our financial statement reporting cycle.

Chart of Accounts Policy

Scope This policy establishes GitLab’s guidelines regarding the structure, responsibilities and requirements underlying the chart of accounts (COA).

Purpose This policy establishes formal responsibilities and accountabilities for how GitLab handles requests for new, modified or closed data elements on the COA. The Controller is responsible for all aspects of financial accounting and reporting, and governs the COA. All requests for new or modified (including closure/deactivation) COA segments, hierarchies, and configuration attributes are subject to approval by the Finance team.

Changes to the COA All requests for new or modified accounts must be submitted to the Accounting Manager for review and approval through a request using the Finance issue tracker.

There are other stakeholders associated with the COA that may influence certain business decisions or financial system configurations. The Controller and Accounting Manager will include selected stakeholders in the related procedures and processes when and if appropriate. Potential stakeholders include, but may not be limited to:

The general ledger attributes subject to this policy will be defined by the Controller based upon factors including but not limited to:

Once an amendment to the COA has been approved, the Accounting Manager will ensure the necessary changes are implemented by updating and then closing the issue.

Administration The COA is maintained in NetSuite. Changes to the COA can only be made by the Controller and/or Accounting Manager.

Account Reconciliation Policy

Scope This policy applies to GitLab Inc. (“GitLab” or the “Company”) and all of its subsidiaries.

Purpose To establish guidelines for assessing, preparing and reviewing balance sheet account reconciliations on a consistent basis in accordance with corporate policies and US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”).

Policy Account reconciliations are prepared and reviewed monthly or quarterly for each active balance sheet account at the natural account level based upon the risk rating assessed (see risk rating assessment below). Account reconciliations will be prepared consolidated in USD or by entity in the respective functional currency.

Each month end close the Senior Accounting Manager assigns each balance sheet account or groups of accounts to its respective preparer and reviewer using BlackLine (Account Reconciliation Tool). The assignments are set once and will roll over into the next accounting period. The Senior Accounting Manager will make changes to assignments as needed. The preparer and reviewers can not be the same person to ensure segregation of duties.

The balances from NetSuite will be auto synced into BlackLine each period end so the preparers can prepare their recons based on the NetSuite ending balance for their respective assigned accounts.

The preparer(s) will ensure the following:

The reviewer(s) will ensure the following:

BlackLine will auto certify the recon on our behalf if the following is met:

If the balance changes after review, approval or auto certification the recon will automatically be decertified by BlackLine and the preparer and reviewers will need to follow the above steps again.

Risk Rating Assessment Once a year in the beginning of Q4, the Controller and/or CFO will review each active balance sheet account and rate it from High, Medium and Low. The risk level of each account is evaluated based both on the quantitative value (to determine materiality) and the qualitative factors listed below:

High Risk Accounts will be reconciled by the preparer monthly (for the exception of tax and equity related accounts which will be reconciled quarterly) and will require 1st level review by an accounting manager or above and 2nd level review by the CFO or PAO.

Medium Risk Accounts will be reconciled by the preparer monthly and will require 1st level review by an accounting manager or above.

Low Risk Accounts will be reconciled by the preparer monthly or quarterly and will require 1st level review by an accounting manager or above.

If there is no activity and/or the account balance is zero the reconciliation will be auto certified by BlackLine.

Once each reconciliation is reviewed/approved the account reconciliation is locked in BlackLine and no further changes can be made for that period.

Completeness Check Once the period is officially closed the Senior Accounting Manager will ensure all recons are in approved, reviewed or in a auto-certified status before moving into the next period.

PS Fair Value Allocation Process:

The process of allocating and recomputing the recognizable revenue when the contractually stated price for any deliverable is not proportionate to the corresponding “fair value” (stand-alone selling price of each deliverable). Therefore, GitLab has created the process below to help recognize revenue accordingly.

The process for this is listed below:

  1. Identification:
    • Any client with a license booking and PS booking within 30 days of each other.
    • Any client with multiple PS SKU’s with any one of the booking being within 30 days.
  2. Identify Performance Obligation:
    • All the performance obligations/deliverables i.e. license, implementation, migration, training, etc. should be identified.
  3. Stand-alone Fair Value:
    • Identify the stand-alone fair value for each performance obligation/deliverable which were identified in Step 2. Use/Refer to this template.
  4. Allocation
    • The total transaction price (combined value if multiple deals identified in Step 1) should be allocated in the ratio of their fair value calculated in Step 3.
  5. Revenue Recognition
    • Revenue should be recognized separately for each performance obligation/deliverable as per the Revenue Recognition policy.


The below details the current reporting structure for GitLab. This will be updated as our reporting evolves.


Defined as cash in the bank. Also counts short term securities that are readily convertable into cash within the next 90 days.

Cash Burn and Average Cash Burn

The change in cash balance from period to period excluding equity or debt financing. Average cash burn is measured over the prior three months. The analysis can be found on the Finance Dashboard. Cash data is sourced from Netsuite.

Line of Credit (LOC) Available

The amount of contractually committee line of credit extended by the bank that is not in default status.

Free Cash Flow (FCF)

Cash flow from operations as defined by GAAP less Capital Expenditures.

Gross Burn Rate

Total operating expenses plus capital expenditures.

Non GAAP Revenue (Ratable Recognition)

The amount of subscription revenue recognized using ratable accounting treatment as calculated by the subscription amount divided equally over the subscription term. Note that other GAAP adjustments such as non-delivery, performance obligations are not accounted for in this metric.

Adding New GL Accounts

GitLab has an established GL Accounting system for reporting specific expenses. However, sometimes additional GL accounts need to be added to better clarify expenses that occur as GitLab continues to mature as an organization. When the need for a new GL account arises, Accounting will create an issue in the Finance repository and notify the following teams to ensure the changes are effectively communicated.

Policy on Treasury activities

(Open, closing of bank accounts, approvals, authorization matrix etc) Desktop procedures

Technical Accounting Performance Indicators

Deals reviewed for revenue recognition = 100%

All deals with a contract value above $50,000 executed in a particular week to be reviewed for revenue recognition matters, before the end of Wednesday of the following week.

Issue opened for all key technical accounting matters <= 2 working days

An issue to be opened for all key technical accounting matters within 2 working days of obtaining knowledge about the same.

Key technical accounting matters to documented <= 5 working days

All key technical accounting matters to documented in an accounting memo within 5 working days of opening an issue thereon.

Technical accounting queries disposed of <= 2 working days

All routine technical accounting queries to be disposed of within 2 working days.

Access management in NetSuite

Desktop procedures

Creation of Chart of accounts and GL accounts

Desktop procedures

Recording of Journal Entries

Desktop procedures

Journal Entries and Mass Loads for NetSuite

The accounting team uses standard and advanced intercompany journal entries to complete their monthly close processes. In addition, mass loads are used to add or update vendor and employee records, for example. See link for templates. JE and Mass Load templates

Journal entries are either manual or system generated. System generated entries would include elimination entries calculated by NetSuite when the elimination process is run as part of month end close or exchange rate adjustments based on final exchange rates. Manual journal entries are entered by the appropriate person in the Accounting department, depending on the nature of the entry. All manual journal entries require approval and posting by a second person in order to verify accuracy and that the appropriate documentation is included with the entry.

Manual journal entries are recorded in order to ensure our financial statements are materially accurate. As such, certain manual journal entries will not be recorded if they are immaterial, as it is inefficient and unnecessary to record entries that would not have a material impact on the users of our financial statements, unless these entries would be material if accumulated. Effective February 1, 2020, thresholds for manual journal entries are as follows:

Journal Entry Type Threshold
Accruals $5,000
Allocations between Departments (requires approval by FP&A team) $25,000
Prepaids Expensed in full in the month incurred if less than $10,000
Reclass between Accounts $10,000

Journal entry types not included above will always be recorded, no matter the amount. These include entries such as bank account activity, payroll, and taxes.

Balance Sheet Reconciliation

Desktop procedures

Period End Closure and Reporting

Desktop procedures

Recording Employee Stock Option Expense

Employee stock options are recorded on a calendar quarterly basis. The puropse of this entry is to record the expense and allocate it between the appropriate departments.

  1. Request a copy of the Carta report named "GitLab-Inc 20XX Equity Incentive Plan Grant Date Annual US GAAP Consolidated" from the CFO (the report should be in CSV/Excel format).
  2. We will focus on the Expense Summary and Date tabs
  3. On the Expense Summary tab, click on the journal entry amount to see column and tabs being referenced in the formula.
    • This should be column AX of the Date tab, and this column will be used to allocate the total expense between departments.
  4. Sort the columns on the Date tab and delete all rows with a zero balance
  5. Add a column to the Date tab with department information that corresponds to the employees referenced in column B (department information can be found in NetSuite).
  6. Create a pivot table using the data from column AX and the department column created in the previous step.
    • The pivot table should provide the amount of stock option expense attributable to each department.
  7. Check that the total amount of the pivot table matches the amount on the Expense Summary tab.
  8. Proceed to NetSuite to create a journal entry that matches the Expense Summary tab.
  9. Date the journal entry using the last day of the quarter being closed.
  10. The debit side of the entry uses GL "6077 Stock Compensation Expense" for all departments other than Cost of Sales which uses GL "5090 Stock Compensation Cost of Sales."
  11. Be sure to fill in the Department attribute when adding lines to the journal entry.
  12. The credit side of the entry only needs one line and uses GL "3015 Additional Paid in Capital- Stock Options"
  13. Save the report used to calculate the journal entry and attach it to the entry within NetSuite.
  14. Click Save and the entry is complete

Month-End Review & Close

Each month the Senior Accounting Manager will lead a Month-End review to discuss any updates that need to occur before Month-End Close. The review will also include topics for future improvements and to discuss any outstanding tasks from the previous Month-End review. This review is to encourage colloabration, identify efficiences, and quickly fix any discrepancies. The Month-End review guidelines are highlighted below:

  1. All team members who are involved in the close process are encouraged to add topics to the Month-End review doc
  2. During monthly review meeting, the team reviews previous issues and adds new takeaway issues to Month End Review GitLab board. Issues specific to the Month-End review process can be found here
  3. After the conclusion of the Month-End review, the team focuses on closing tasks
  4. Repeat 1

In addition to the Month-End review process, Accounting will coordinated the Month-End Close Checklist to ensure all closing tasks are completed.

Average days to close KPI Definition

The number of business days required to report final monthly financial results. As a private company our target is 10 business days moving to 5 business days as a public company. This analysis can be found on the Finance Dashboard. The days to close is sourced from the accounting close checklist.

Preliminary vs Final

The monthly close process includes both a preliminary and final close process. If any adjustments come out of the preliminary financial review the Accounting team will book the adjustments before the final financial results are published. After any adjustments are made the accounting team will then record the intercompany calculations and ensure all intercompany eliminates properly before officially closing the month. Once the period is officially closed the accounting team will run the final financials and distribute to the appropriate management team. The intercompany calculations are the very last entry during the month end close process. Therefore, the Accounting team ensures that the preliminary financial results are corrected and/or updated before the intercompany calculations are completed and books are officially closed to improve efficiency.

Intercompany transactions

Intercompany Calculation

  1. Open Intercompany Calculation Sheet from Google Drive.
  2. Add a new tab for the current month calculation.
  3. Copy the contents of the previous month’s tab to the current month and change the date in cell B2.
  4. Access NetSuite and open the income statement (found under the Reports and Financial tabs).
  5. Filter the income statement to the current month then further refine it by the desired subsidiary and set the column display to Subsidiary.
    • Note: The format of the income statement in NetSuite should look similar to that of the income statement in the Intercompany Calculation Sheet.
  6. Starting with the GitLab Inc. consolidated entity, copy the income statement data from NetSuite to the corresponding income statement in the Intercompany Calculation Sheet.
    • The balance under department should be combined with the Marketing department when transferring data to the Intercompany Calculation Sheet.
    • The GitHost balance should be reported under the No Department column.
  7. Repeat step 6 for the GitLab Inc (non-consolidated) and GitLab LTD subsidiaries. There is no need to perform this for GitLab BV as this balance will autofill.
    • For GitLab LTD, you’ll need to convert the income statement from GBP to USD:
      • Start by the running the consolidated income statement in NetSuite and changing the column display filter to Subsidiary.
      • Then take net income from the GitLab LTD column and divide this balance by the net income found in the GitLab LTD income statement. The resulting GBP-USD exchange rate should be used to convert the income statement.
  8. Review the data for accuracy and verify that the formulas in the spreadsheet are up-to-date.
  9. After reviewing, there should be no variances in column AL.
  10. Update the balance in cell O100 so that the balance in cell R106 autocorrects to zero.
  11. Update the exchange rate in cells O1110-O112 and cell O118 with this month’s rate*.
    • This exchange rate (USD to EUR) can be found in NetSuite under the Lists tab, then under the Accounting and Consolidated Exchange Rates subtabs.
  12. Now, it’s time to create the intercompany vendor bills and customer invoices.
  13. This can be tricky, so be sure to follow the workflow found in the Intercompany Calculation Sheet, starting under cell Q110 (the cells in column R reflect the exact names given in NetSuite, which is relevant for this exercise).
    • There will be two invoices and two bills issued between GitLab BV and GitLab Inc.
    • There will be one invoice and one bill issued between GitLab BV and GitLab LTD.
  14. The amounts in cells N113 and N119 will be used to create the intercompany transactions between GitLab BV and GitLab Inc.
  15. For increased speed and accuracy, start by finding an invoice (or bill) from the previous month, then use the Make Copy feature in NetSuite to create a duplicate.
    • This will allow you to review the data you are transferring, while comparing it to the previous month for additional guidance.
  16. Complete the GitLab BV-GitLab Inc intercompany transactions by repeating step 15 for all of the required bills and invoices.
  17. Next comes the GitLab BV-GitLab LTD transactions, which differ slightly from the GitLab BV-GitLab Inc transactions.
  18. In NetSuite, download the GitLab LTD income statement in GBP.
  19. Take the total overhead stated in GBP and add 6%.
    • This will be reported in the invoice from GitLab BV to GitLab LTD.
  20. Once again, repeat step 15 for the GitLab BV-GitLab LTD transactions.
  21. When the transactions are complete, you can check your work by verifying that the affected Revenue and COGS accounts offset each other.

Intercompany Settlement

Each calendar month the intercompany transactions between GitLab entities are settled in accordance with GitLab's Transfer Pricing Concept.

  1. Accounting Manager prepares the balances in the Intercompany Settlement Google sheet
  2. These balances derive from the AP and AR aging reports from Netsuite that are imported into the sheet
  3. To the extent possible, intercompany positions in AP/AR betweeen the entities are netted
  4. The Accounting Manager sends to Controller for review and approval in the Google sheet
  5. The Accounting Manager sends to Director of Tax for review and approval in the Google sheet
  6. The Accounting Manager sends to CFO for review and approval in the Google sheet
  7. The Accounting Manager sends to CEO for review and approval in the Google sheet
  8. Payments are subsequently queued for disbursement from the relevant bank accounts
  9. Signature authorization matrix
  10. Transaction is booked in NetSuite


Types of Reporting:

Internal / Management Reporting

External Reporting

Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A)

FP&A Handbook

Desktop procedures

Hire to Retire

Hire to Retire is the process covering employee recruitment, payroll processing and exit management. Below are the sub-processes:


Desktop procedures

Employee Master Creation and Updates

Desktop procedures

Payroll Processing for US

Desktop procedures

Payroll Processing for Non-US

Desktop procedures

Leave Management for Payroll Processing

Desktop procedures

Employee Exits

Desktop procedures

Commission Payment Process

  1. Each sales person will receive their own calculation template.
  2. Salesperson is to complete their monthly template four days (payroll will send reminder) prior to first payroll of the month. Upon completion, salesperson will ping a manager for review and approval.
  3. Approving manager will ping accounting upon approval.
  4. Accounting will review and reconcile paid vs unpaid invoices.
  5. Accounting will note in calculation template the amounts to be paid in commission.
  6. Accounting will ping payroll that commission calculation is complete.
  7. Commission will get pay on the 1st check date of the month for US team members and at the end of the month for all other countries.


Employee performance appraisal

Clearance & Exit Procedure

Full & Final Settlement


Corporate Income Tax

Desktop procedures

Sales Tax

Desktop procedures

Wage Tax

Desktop procedures

Importing Swag Shop data to Avalara

In Shopify:

  1. Click on "Orders" in the left-hand toolbar.
  2. Select "Export" and the desired transaction history period.
  3. Download the report in CSV format.
  4. Copy the transaction data from the Shopify report to the Avalara Tax Import template located in the Google Drive.
    • Note that the import will fail if the columns that are highlighted green are left blank. Also check to ensure that the state and local tax data is entered into the correct columns. This is required for tax compliance.
  5. Save file for the remaining steps below.

In Avalara:

  1. Click on "Reports".
  2. Select the "Import Data" option.
  3. When prompted, choose the CSV import option.
  4. Check the import status report to ensure all transactions are successfully imported.

Tax on stock options

Cash Forecasting and Tracking

  1. The Controller maintains the actual and forecast reporting for cash by entity.
  2. The google sheet is updating weekly and reconciled to Netsuite once per month.
  3. To find the internal google sheet search for "Cash Flow Forecast". If you need permission to access email the controller.