SEC’s EDGAR system now supports the 2015 U.S. GAAP financial reporting XBRL taxonomy

Published on: 10 Mar 2015

Yesterday, the SEC staff announced an upgrade to its EDGAR system to support the 2015 U.S. GAAP financial reporting XBRL taxonomy. As noted on the SEC’s Web site, the SEC staff “strongly encourages companies to use the most recent version of the US GAAP taxonomy release for their Interactive Data submissions to take advantage of the most up to date tags related to new accounting standards and other improvements.” The staff noted that filers can transition to the 2015 taxonomy for reporting periods ending after March 9, 2015 (but not earlier). Further, the staff indicated that it expects to remove the 2013 U.S. GAAP financial reporting taxonomy from the EDGAR system no earlier than June 2015; after removal, the EDGAR system will not accept interactive data files based on the 2013 U.S. GAAP taxonomy.

The 2015 taxonomy reflects accounting standards issued during the past year and other corrections and improvements to the 2014 taxonomy. Changes to the 2015 taxonomy include the (1) addition of new elements (i.e., XBRL tags), (2) deprecation or replacement of previously existing elements, and (3) modification of element definitions and other attributes. When converting from a prior release of the taxonomy to the most current taxonomy, registrants are encouraged to review all elements and the related attributes in their filing to understand the impact of the changes (i.e., they should not focus only on deprecated or replaced elements).

Release notes on the taxonomy, which include a summary of changes from the 2015 taxonomy release, are available on the SEC’s Web site. In addition, the FASB’s Web site contains links to guidance and supporting documents about the details of the changes.


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