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Creating a date table with a fiscal year in your Power BI data model

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There are many different articles available on Time Intelligence in Power BI.   Many new users to Power BI do not really understand the importance of having a date table in their data model.   I have spoken on this topic on many different occasions and continue to receive a lot of questions about the topic.   In this article I am going to try and cover a few tips on how to work with dates in your Power BI model. Many new users simply use the Auto Date & Time function of Power BI.   This function automatically creates a hidden date table for each field in the model with a date or date/time data type.   This function is enabled by default and it allows for slicing by Year, Quarter, Month and Day.   The problem with Auto Date and Time is that it only works with a standard calendar (Jan to Dec).   It requires a datetime column in the fact table.   It does not work with multiple fact tables and it does not support time intelligence calculations (YTD, MTD, etc.).   So there must be