# Quarter

An easy formula that returns the quarter for a given date. There's no built-in function in Excel that can do this.

1. Enter the formula shown below.

Explanation: ROUNDUP(x,0) always rounds x up to the nearest integer. The MONTH function returns the month number of a date. In this example, the formula reduces to =ROUNDUP(5/3,0), =ROUNDUP(1.666667,0), 2. May is in Quarter 2.

2. Let's see if this formula works for all months.

Explanation: now it's not difficult to see that the first three values (months) in column B are rounded up to 1 (Quarter 1), the next three values (months) in column B are rounded up to 2 (Quarter 2), etc.

3. You can also use MONTH and CHOOSE in Excel to return the quarter for a given date.

Explanation: in this formula, MONTH(A1) returns 5. As a result, the CHOOSE function returns the fifth choice. May is in Quarter 2.

4. This formula works for all months.

Explanation: in this formula, MONTH(A1) returns 1. As a result, the CHOOSE function returns the first choice. January is in Quarter 1.

To return the fiscal quarter for a given date, slightly adjust the list of values.

5. For example, if your company's fiscal year starts in April, use the following formula.

Note: green font for illustration only.

6. For example, if your company's fiscal year starts in October, use the following formula.

Tip: to quickly copy the formula in cell B1 to the other cells, select cell B1 and double click on the lower right corner of cell B1 (the fill handle).

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