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DEFINITION of 'Budget Manual'

A set of instructions used within large organizations to prepare budgets. As organizations become larger and more complex, it is no longer possible for one person to prepare a budget. Instead, budgeting across the enterprise must be carefully coordinated. Financial analysts work closely with each group to collect budget information on a pre-set schedule and then send data up through higher rungs of financial controllers until it can be aggregated by the CFO's office.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Budget Manual'

Budgeting within large organizations is an extremely complex task. Financial analysts must make assumptions about what the future will look like based on past data. This means that even the best budgeting process is subject to considerable inaccuracies. Then, as the year progresses, each group is held to a predefined budget, which may become inadequate due to changing conditions. On the other hand, some groups will find that they have more money than they require, and may choose to surreptitiously use up the "extra" budget with unnecessary expenditures in order to avoid budget cuts.

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