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Getting Beginning and Ending Date, last year, in SAS

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I need to create 'put' statements in order to get '01/01/previous year' and '12/31/previous year' for a program that is run on an annual basis so I don't need to manually change the year.

My sql code in the proc sql is this:
      AND EFF_DT <= '12/31/2013'
      AND (TRM_DT BETWEEN '01/01/2013' AND '12/31/2013'
            OR TRM_DT IS NULL)

This is also inside a macro and I'm not sure once I get the dates for the 'put' statement, what I need to change the hard coded dates to in order for the query to work.
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Question by:Lee R Liddick Jr
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theartfuldazzler earned 350 total points
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Hi

the INTNX function is the one you want:


INTNX("year", TODAY() , -1, 'B')
INTNX("year", TODAY() , -1, 'E')

Will give you the "B"eginning of the previous year and the "E" of the previous year
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by:Lee R Liddick Jr
ID: 39929125
Not sure how to get this to function properly within my script though?  I just get an error:
ERROR: CLI describe error:  SQL0180N  The syntax of the string
       representation of a datetime value is incorrect.  

/*** GET PREVIOUS YEAR DATES ***/
data _null_;
      today = today();
      begdate = INTNX("year", TODAY() , -1, 'B');
      enddate = INTNX("year", TODAY() , -1, 'E');
      put begdate :date9.;
      put enddate :date9.;
run;
/* in the query */
      AND EFF_DT <= '&enddate'
      AND (TRM_DT BETWEEN '&begdate' AND '&enddate'
            OR TRM_DT IS NULL)
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by:Aloysius Low
Aloysius Low earned 150 total points
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remove the quotation marks enclosing &enddate and &begdate should solve the problem.. that's because a single quotation mark treats the macro variable as a literal text while a double quotation mark causes the macro variable value into a string, which isn't valid here
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by:Lee R Liddick Jr
ID: 39929257
Something else is going on.  It's inside a macro so I'm not sure if I set the values within the macro too?  No matter how I do it, I can't get it to process.

%macro hcx(st,rgn,dsname,file);

      AND EFF_DT <= &enddate
      AND (TRM_DT BETWEEN &begdate AND &enddate
            OR TRM_DT IS NULL)

%hcx(TX,%str(AND RGN_C = '1'),ctx,%str(filename) );
%hcx(FL,%str(AND RGN_C = '1'),cfl,%str('filename') );
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by:Aloysius Low
Aloysius Low earned 150 total points
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to see what the macro is executing, execute the following code first:
options mprint;

to see what values the variables translate to, execute the following code first:
options symbolgen;

these should greatly help in the debugging process... at the moment with what was posted, it's almost impossible to help in troubleshooting...
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by:Lee R Liddick Jr
ID: 39929466
That was perfect.  Found exactly what I was doing wrong and corrected.  Thank you so much!
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