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any yearly period without regard to the calendar year, at the end of which a firm, government, etc., determines its financial condition.
noun (US & Canadian)
any annual period at the end of which a firm’s accounts are made up
the annual period ending April 5, over which Budget estimates are made by the British Government and which functions as the income-tax year

A twelve-month period for which an organization, such as a government or corporation, plans the use of its funds. Commonly, fiscal years run from July 1 to June 30, or, in the case of the U.S. government, from October 1 to September 30.


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