XBRL Requirements for Public Companies
August 11, 2014
On May 30, 2008, the SEC adopted a rule which requires reporting companies to provide financial statement information to the Commission and on their corporate Web sites in interactive data format using XBRL. The rules became effective April 13, 2009. The XBRL format allows the financial statement information to be downloaded directly into spreadsheets, analyzed in a variety of ways using commercial off-the-shelf software, and used within investment models in other software formats. The rules apply to public companies and foreign private issuers that prepare their financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP), and foreign private issuers that prepare their financial statements using International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).
The following effective dates apply depending on the type of filers you are:
Domestic and foreign large accelerated filers that use U.S. GAAP and have a worldwide public common equity float above $5 billion as of the end of the second fiscal quarter of their most recently completed fiscal year: The requirement will apply beginning with a periodic report on Form 10-Q, Form 20-F or Form 40-F containing financial statements for a fiscal period ending on or after June 15, 2009.
All other domestic and foreign large accelerated filers using U.S. GAAP: The requirement will apply beginning with a periodic report on Form 10-Q, Form 20-F or Form 40-F containing financial statements for a fiscal period ending on or after June 15, 2010.
All remaining filers using U.S. GAAP, including smaller reporting companies, and all foreign private issuers that prepare their financial statements in accordance with IFRS as issued by the IASB: The requirement will apply beginning with a periodic report on Form 10-Q, Form 20-F or Form 40-F containing financial statements for a fiscal period ending on or after June 15, 2011.
Filers that first become subject to the requirement to submit interactive data will first be required to submit an interactive data file for their first periodic report on Form 10-Q or first annual report on Form 20-F or Form 40-F, as applicable.
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