Meaning of “fiscal year” in the English Dictionary

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"fiscal year" in American English

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fiscal yearnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɪs·kəl ˈjɪər/

a period of twelve months (not always January 1st to December 31st) for which a government or business plans its management of money

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"fiscal year" in Business English

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fiscal yearnoun [ C ]

uk us abbreviation FY

ACCOUNTING a period of 12 months for which a company prepares its accounts:

He expects earnings for the fiscal year ending next March to rise to 45 to 50 cents a share.

ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT a period of 12 months for which a government records its income and spending:

More than two weeks into the new fiscal year, the state at last has a spending plan.
fiscal year 2011/2012/2013, etc. The Office of Management and Budget has released the federal budget for fiscal year 2011.

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