# How to create a date to show the first date of the previous quarter

Hi, I am trying to find a formula that returns the first day of the previous quarter based on a date column (TODAY).

Examples (DD/MM/YYYY):

-if the date column is 02/01/2024, the formula should return 01/10/2023

-if date column is 31/06/2023, the formula should return 01/01/2023

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance,

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=DATE(YEAR(Date@row), IF(MONTH(Date@row) <= 3, 1, IF(AND(MONTH(Date@row) > 3, MONTH(Date@row) <= 6), 4, IF(AND(MONTH(Date@row) > 6, MONTH(Date@row) <= 9), 7, 10))), 1)

• Thank you, Hollie, for your quick feedback. This formula returns the date corresponding to the current quarter, not the previous one. How to adapt it so that:

any dates between 01/01/2024 and 31/03/2024 returns 01/10/2023

any dates between 01/04/2024 and 30/06/2024 returns 01/01/2024

any dates between 01/07/2024 and 30/09/2024 returns 01/07/2024

any dates between 01/10/2024 and 31/12/2024 returns 01/10/2024

Lydia

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Amending @Hollie Green's formula slightly:

=DATE(IF(MONTH(Date@row) <= 3, YEAR(Date@row) - 1, YEAR(Date@row)), IF(MONTH(Date@row) <= 3, 10, IF(AND(MONTH(Date@row) > 3, MONTH(Date@row) <= 6), 1, IF(AND(MONTH(Date@row) > 6, MONTH(Date@row) <= 9), 7, 10))), 1)

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