Using Fiscal Calendars

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You need to set up a fiscal calendar for XBRL to have a list of reporting dates to choose from when tagging facts in your document. After you set up the fiscal calendar, select it in the XBRL profile for your document. Make sure to update your fiscal calendars when rolling forward.

Create Fiscal Calendars

To create a fiscal calendar:

  1. Open the document, click Show XBRL, and select an XBRL profile if one is not already selected.

  2. On the XBRL toolbar, click Fiscal Calendars.

  3. Click the fiscal calendar list and select New Calendar.

  4. Name the calendar and select the period frequency:

    • Annual creates only fiscal year-end dates

    • Quarterly creates quarter-end dates for all four quarters

    Create fiscal calendars

  5. Check the On Calendar checkbox if your fiscal dates match standard calendar dates. When selecting this option, Wdesk creates dates for previous years, the current year, and future years.

  6. Click Create and either review the on-calendar dates or add your company’s fiscal dates if they are off-calendar dates.

  7. Click Close to finish.

You can now select the fiscal calendar for the XBRL profile and use its dates when tagging facts.

Rename Fiscal Calendars

To rename a fiscal calendar:

  1. On the XBRL toolbar, click Fiscal Calendars.

  2. Click the fiscal calendar list and select the calendar you want to rename.

  3. Click the gear icon and select Rename to make changes.

  4. Click Rename to finish.

    Rename fiscal calendars

Archive Fiscal Calendars

Archive calendars when you no longer need them. Archiving a calendar removes it from the list of calendars for all users. You can restore archived fiscal calendars at any time. Archiving does not delete the calendar and it does not change the dates in your document.

To archive a fiscal calendar:

  1. On the XBRL toolbar, click Fiscal Calendars.

  2. Click the fiscal calendar list and select the calendar you want to archive.

  3. Click the gear icon and select Archive.

    Archive fiscal calendars

Restore Fiscal Calendars

To restore an archived calendar:

  1. Click the fiscal calendar list, select Archived calendars, and select the fiscal calendar you want to restore.

  2. Click the Restore fiscal calendar button and click Close to finish.

    Restore fiscal calendars

Best Practices

When creating a fiscal calendar with off-calendar dates, we recommend including the following time periods in your fiscal calendars:

  • Create the current year, two years in the future, and two years prior for all four quarters. For example, if the current it is Q4 2020, enter dates for Q1 - Q4 for the years 2018 - 2022.

  • Include the previous year’s Q4 end date. For example, if the earliest time periods are Q1 - Q4 2018, also add the Q4 2017 date to provide full-year context for 2018.