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how to copy a budget

how do I copy 2018 budget so I don't have to manually create 2019 budget

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how to copy a budget

Great to see you today, @mway,


That's a great question! I can help you copy your budget reports in QuickBooks Desktop.


This can be done in just a few clicks. Follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Company menu.
  2. Choose Planning & Budgeting.
  3. Choose Setup Budget.
  4. On the Budget drop-down, choose the budget you want to copy.
  5. Make any modifications on the report if necessary.
  6. Click the Create New Budget button then click Next.
  7. Specify the year and the budget type.
  8. Complete the P&L criteria.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Mark the Create budget from previous year's actual data radio button.
  11. Choose Finish.
  12. Click Save then OK.

That should bring forth the monthly totals from last year for each account. You may want to check this article to know more about setting up budgets in QuickBooks Desktop: Create a budget or forecast in QuickBooks Desktop


Let me know if you have any questions. I'm here to help you anytime, @mway. Have a great day!

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how to copy a budget


Is there a way to copy a budget without copying over the actual data? I want 2019's to be exactly the same as what I set up in the beginning 2018. I don't want it to reflect 2018s actual data. But, my only options seem to be "Create Budget from Scratch" and "Create budget from previous years actual data"


how to copy a budget

Hi there, Zkaplan.


Allow me to step in and provide a few details with copying a budget in QuickBooks Desktop.


The option of copying a budget from previous year's without the actual data is unavailable. Yes, there are currently only two options so you can copy a budget.


You may consider choosing the Create budget from the previous year's actual data option. This lets you copy an existing budget by using the accounts that you already have and modifying the amount.


As a reference, you can check out this article for further guidance: Create a budget or forecast in QuickBooks Desktop.


We're constantly improving our product's feature to meet our customers' needs. You can always check back for any product updates and feature enhancements through our website.


Here's the link:


If I hear any changes about the option that you're looking for, I will be sure to post the details here in the Community.


That should do it. I'm always around if you have any other concerns. Just make sure to leave a comment below. Have a great day.

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