August 2017

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Regulatory & Legislative News
IASB Published Proposed Changes to IFRS Taxonomy for Public Review

Proposed Update 1 to the IFRS Taxonomy 2017 has been published for public comment by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The public comment period will end on September 18, 2017. The SEC staff encourages filers, investors, analysts, software service providers, and other interested parties to participate in this public review and submit comments directly to the IASB.

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SEC Publishes Public Company Datasets, Now Including Notes

The Commission is now posting financial data sets that include notes in additional to financial statement data from 2009 to date. This data will be updated quarterly.

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SEC Posts Further Guidance on Signage in XBRL Tagging

The Commission has posted further guidance on the use of negative values in XBRL tagged financials.

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XBRL Investor Forum: Smart Data, Better Results, Set for November 1, New York City

This free, half-day, in-person forum, “Smart Data, Better Results”, is hosted by Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, with sponsorship by CFA Institute and CFA Society New York. This year’s program will emphasize practical information on using structured, automated smart data to perform better analysis. Speakers include representatives from CFA Institute, Morgan Stanley, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Thomson Reuters, in addition to various XBRL startup analytical tool providers. Investors, analysts, and regulators, as well as data and analytical tool providers are encouraged to attend.

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Data Quality Committee (DQC) Initiates Public Review for Cash Flow Guidance and 5th RuleSet

The public review period will end on September 5 and is being held simultaneously with the public review for the 4th ruleset which is scheduled to close on August 15. This latest public review includes 11 new topics plus a detailed guide on how to prepare XBRL-formatted cash flow statements that produce good quality financial data.

Review guidance and participate in public review:
Watch the replay of the August 2 webinar covering the rules and guidance:
Register to attend the October 4 DQC meeting online:

XBRL US Webinar: IFRS Taxonomy Deep Dive II, August 23 at 3 ET

All data providers and XBRL tool and service providers should attend this second deep dive webinar into the IFRS Taxonomy and the SEC rule. This one-hour session will provide demonstrations of IFRS XBRL instance documents and the IFRS Taxonomy, plus responses to questions about the rule and how to tag using the IFRS Taxonomy. Attendees have an opportunity to submit their own questions to SEC representatives.

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XBRL US Comments on SEC Industry Guide 3 Proposed Changes for Bank Holding Companies

The SEC published a rule proposal seeking to modernize the nature, timing, scope and applicability of disclosure requirements in Industry Guide 3 for bank holding companies. XBRL US’ letter supports the use of structured data in these modernization efforts.

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Data Quality Committee Submits Comments on FASB Taxonomy ITC

The ITC (Invitation to Comment) from the FASB concerns proposed changes to improve the US GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy.

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Webinar Replay Available: Standards for More Efficiency in Solar Financing

This session covers how project finance is used extensively to fund solar installations, supporting a rapidly growing market. The U.S. solar industry experienced a 97% increase in the Photovoltaic (PV) market 2016 over 2015. Complex project finance programs involve multiple parties and requires a large amount of data that must be tracked over multi-year contracts that can run from 20 to 25 years in length. Speakers from Wells Fargo, the U.S. Department of Energy, CoreFiling and XBRL US discuss how standards can vastly improve financing efficiencies.

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Point of View: Styles Come and Go, Consistency is Timeless

Scott Theis, Chair of the XBRL US Domain Steering Committee, and CEO of Novaworks, LLC, discusses the importance of consistency in standards development; and addresses how the XBRL US Style Guide can serve as a critical aid in developing consistent standards that produce high-quality XBRL data.

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Recent Point of View topics

XBRL US Speaks at Solar and Investor Events

  • Solar Power International on Solar Taxonomy – September 10-13, Las Vegas
  • Intersolar Finance Symposium II on “Orange Button: Attacking Costs and Increasing Transparency via (Portable) Finance Data Standards” – July 10, San Francisco, CA
  • Surety & Fidelity Association of America
    Annual Meeting – May 11, Washington, DC
  • New York Society of Securities Analysts event on “Financial Reporting and Analysis Today: Making the Process Easier, Better and Faster” – May 4, New York
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Upcoming XBRL US Steering Committee Meetings

  • The Domain Steering Committee meeting will be Thursday, September 7 at 3 PM EDT.
  • The Communications Steering Committee meeting will be Wednesday, August 30 at 10 AM EDT.

XBRL US Members are invited to attend and get involved. Email for details.

XBRL US Members
Welcome to our newest organizational member – Crowe Horwath LLP

Participating in the Surety Initiative, Crowe Horwath LLP is one of the largest public accounting, consulting, and technology firms in the U.S. Connecting deep construction industry accounting and tax expertise and specialized knowledge with innovative technology, its dedicated professionals create value for clients with integrity and objectivity.

Our members are committed to engaging and collaborating with other members, contributing to the standard through involvement of their teams, and striving to build awareness and educate the market. Members of XBRL US represent the full range of the business reporting supply chain.

Not yet an XBRL US member? Maybe it’s time to consider joining XBRL US for yourself ($50 / year) or your organization (fees vary). Find out more about the benefits of membership and how to become involved by visiting

XBRL International News
XBRL International Hosts its 2017 Conference, Data Amplified, in Paris, November 6-8

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About Data Quality

SEC filers should all use freely available, Data Quality Committee rules to identify and resolve errors in XBRL-formatted financials for more consistent, better quality data.

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