Welcome, and thank you for posting in the Community, ctharinger!
Changing your fiscal year or the start of your financial year will also change the dates in your report. However, your data will not change, so you can simply enter the dates (Jul-Jun) when you need to see the data in your previous financial year.
To change the start of your fiscal year in the settings:
You can also check about customizing and saving your customized reports. This will guide you to create reports for the previous FY and save them, so you won't have to customize again when you need the same report in the future.
If you need my help with reports, feel free to go back to this thread.
For more information on taxes, forms, filings, payroll and other Year End activities, make sure to check out our Year End Resources page.
Ok, great, thanks for the reply--I think that all makes sense.
One follow-up question: how will the changing FY dates impact past Budgets set up in QB? I'm assuming those those previous years' Jul-Jun budgets will also be adjusted retroactively to match with other reports? i.e. we could still run Budget vs Actuals reports for previous year periods and have them sync up properly--either on the new Calendar Year cycle, or by entering custom dates to reflect the old Jul-Jun cycle?)
Let me share additional information on how updating the fiscal year of your account affects your reporting.
Modifying your Fiscal Year End Date does not change any data in your account. Also, the effect is not retroactive especially when viewing your previous years' Budget vs Actual Report. It will still display the specific date parameters you've previously used.
For example, you've changed the Fiscal Year End date is changed from January to March. Moving forward, any report where a Fiscal Year End Date is requested, the report will display transactions between March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021. If you wish to see reports using the previous Fiscal Year End Date, the date parameters must be entered manually (not using the Fiscal Year End option).
You can read through these articles to help you manage your reports in QuickBooks:
Keep us posted here if you have other questions or concerns. I'm always here to help.
Let me show you how you can set a fiscal year with QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT), @kristofur.
When a new year starts, we recommend closing your books. While you don’t need to do this at the end of a fiscal year, closing them will prevent any accidental changes that will affect your reports.
With QBDT, you're able to set your fiscal year through the Set Closing Date option from the Company menu. Then, you'll be routed to the Preferences window's Accounting page. Just make sure to sign in as the admin to make any changes to your account. You can set a closing date and password by following these steps:
I've attached screenshots below for your reference.
Once done, there'll be a notification when you void a check that has a transaction date before the closing date and has an expense type of account. When you select Yes, QuickBooks will create 2 journal entries (JE) to balance the accounts affected by the check. However, creating JE is optional. You can still void the check if needed.
After that, you can check any reports to verify if the updated fiscal year date is correct. Then, customize the report to focus on the info that matters to you the most.
Additionally, you don't have to worry about closing your books at the end of every fiscal year. QBDT creates automatic adjustments in preparation for the coming year. If you wish to learn more about this, you can refer to this article: Close your books in QuickBooks Desktop.
Please know that you're always welcome to post again here in the Community if you need further assistance in updating your account's fiscal year. Just drop a comment below and I'm just around to help. Take care always.
I followed the above directions to change a fiscal year end in QBDT but it doesn't seem to stick. I'm trying to set it to a Dec 31 year end to create year-over-year comparison reports when the company reported on a calendar year in the past. QB reverts to the previous closing date of May 31 and creates reports from Jun 1 - May 31 as a fiscal year. Is there any other way around this? To create each calendar year report separately for comparison would be extremely time consuming.
Hi there, Exp5950.
In QuickBooks Desktop, you can create budgets based on your accounting data. Once your budgets are in QuickBooks, you can review and adjust everything. Then run financial reports to compare your fiscal year data.
Make sure the beginning of your fiscal year is set in QuickBooks. You can create a budget any time, but it helps if you start at the beginning of the fiscal year.
Once done, we can run Profit and Loss YTD Comparison. Here's how:
I'm also adding these articles for reference in case you need tips and related articles:
You may also want to consider memorizing reports. Doing so helps save the current customized settings for easy access in the future.
I'll be around the corner if you have other questions. Take care and have a great day!