When you create or review your budget, past data from budgets and actuals can be used to populate your budget lines, budget groups or your root budget line.

When you build your budget using the integration with Intacct, you can choose to populate data and import past data (budget, actuals, or both). See Create a budget using my Sage Intacct data for more information. You can also import actuals at a later time from either Intacct (see Import actuals from Sage Intacct), an Excel file, or by entering the data manually. 

View and populate your budget lines

To view and populate your budget lines with past data:

1. From the Inputs > Main tab, click on a budget line from your budget tree.

2. Choose Budget vs. Past Data from the second dropdown in the preview pane. The preview of the past data is available in both the Preview of Cash or Preview of P&L.

📝 If there is no budget data or actuals from previous fiscal years, the option to view Budget vs. Past Data doesn’t appear. In this case, you can import or manually add the data. If you do have the option to view Budget vs. Past Data, but the view is empty, this means that the specific budget line has no past data mapped to it.

The first row of the preview displays the past data amounts for the budget line from the previous fiscal year. The second row displays the forecasted monthly amounts for the budget line of the current budget you created.

📝 The group level displays the sum of the past data amounts that exist. See Populate budget groups with past data for more information.

3. If you want to populate the budget line, click Populate with past data. The following popup is displayed:

Alternatively, you can click on the icon in the top-right corner of the Inputs > Main view of the budget line to display the Populate a budget line window.

4. Select a fiscal year in the Use fiscal year field if you have past data for more than one fiscal year. Otherwise, the fiscal year appears automatically. Optionally, you can set the Yearly change percentage (positive or negative value) and set the rounding preference to Round to the nearest values.

If you are adding an annual percentage increase for a 2 year period, the yearly change is calculated exponentially. So, for example, if you set the Yearly change percentage to 10% for 2020 and you are using 2018 data, then for two years the yearly percent change is 21%.

Click Populate.

The budget line type, if it hasn’t been defined so previously, is automatically changed to Expense or Revenue, and the occurrence is changed to Monthly with Different amount each billing.

The amount in the Budget line is populated (or overwritten) with the values appearing in the Past Data line. So, for example, if there’s no value in Past Data, then the value appearing in the Budget line is deleted. If the Past Data has a value of $16,000 for March 2015 and the budget for March 2016 is $15,000, then the budget amount is overwritten and appears as $16,000, unless you’ve defined a yearly change percentage.

💡 You can click Undo changes at any time to revert to the previous amounts and budget line type.

Populate budget groups with past data

When you populate a budget group with past data, all of the budget lines within the budget group are populated as well with past data. If a budget line in the group doesn’t have past data, the budget is changed to zero.

The preview of the budget group reflects the sum of the past data from all of the budget lines within the group. The sum may be different from the total of just the budget lines within the group if there are GL accounts mapped directly to the budget group line.

When you populate budget groups with past data, a budget version is saved with data prior to the change. You can access and revert to the saved version from the History button.

📝 Note that you can populate the Salary & Wages and Professional Services groups with past data, but this does not apply to the Employee or Contractor budget line types within these groups, such as: Employee, Multiple employees, Allocated employee, Transferred employee and Contractors.

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