# Help with dates?

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I have a column titled "Effective Date".

I want to have 3 other columns populated based on the date entered in "Effective Date".

1st column: "Period"

2nd column: "Quarter"

3rd column "Fiscal Year".

Our fiscal year begins February 1st and runs through January 31st. Feb = period 1, Mar = period 2, Apr = period 3, etc. Q1 = Feb 1 through Apr 30, Q2 = May 1 through Jul 31, etc.

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To simplify things we can create another column calling it [CalculatedDate] with the below formula:

`=[Effective Date]@row - (DAY([Effective Date]@row))`

You will then use this column to do all your other calculations, so:

Fiscal Year: `=YEAR(CalculatedDate@row)`

Period: `=MONTH(CalculatedDate@row)`

Quarter: `="Q" + ROUNDUP(MONTH(CalculatedDate@row) / 3, 0)`

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To simplify things we can create another column calling it [CalculatedDate] with the below formula:

`=[Effective Date]@row - (DAY([Effective Date]@row))`

You will then use this column to do all your other calculations, so:

Fiscal Year: `=YEAR(CalculatedDate@row)`

Period: `=MONTH(CalculatedDate@row)`

Quarter: `="Q" + ROUNDUP(MONTH(CalculatedDate@row) / 3, 0)`

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Thank you!😁

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