Financial Reporting

The AICPA’s Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) released a working draft of the revised practice aid Valuation of Privately Held Company Equity Securities Issued as Compensation, also known as the “Cheap Stock” practice aid. It is an update of the practice aid originally issued in April 2004. The working draft

IFRS Foundation to Add Common-Practice Tags to IFRS Taxonomy

The IFRS Foundation said it will publish supplementary tags for the IFRS Taxonomy that reflect disclosures that are commonly reported by entities in their IFRS financial statements. The foundation, the International Accounting Standards Board’s parent organization, said the common-practice tags will enhance the comparability of information by enabling entities to

SEC OKs New GAAP Taxonomy for XBRL

The SEC has adopted the 2011 U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy, which is used for creating and submitting tagged interactive data files in extensible business reporting language (XBRL), the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) said in a press release Tuesday. The taxonomy contains updates for accounting standards and other improvements to


The IFRS Foundation (formerly the IASC Foundation) published its first interim release for the IFRS Taxonomy 2010, which is a translation of IFRS as issued Jan. 1, 2010, into XBRL. This IFRS Taxonomy interim release reflects improvements to IFRS for the 2008–2010 project cycle, which was published in May 2010

Financial Accounting Foundation to Maintain XBRL Taxonomy for U.S. GAAP

The Financial Accounting Foundation announced it will take on responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of the XBRL U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy. Its activities will focus on updating the taxonomy for changes in U.S. GAAP, best practices in taxonomy extensions, and technical enhancements. The taxonomy is a list of computer-readable

Avoiding Common Errors of XBRL Implementation

Following three years of voluntary XBRL submissions, the SEC’s mandatory requirements for XBRL financial report submissions began phasing in June 15, 2009. As with any new process, companies can easily underestimate the challenges posed by this complex reporting technology and make mistakes along the way. This article describes common errors

Most Companies Actively Preparing for XBRL, Survey Shows

A majority of U.S. public companies that plan to file their financial statements in XBRL are actively preparing to do so and have at least a basic knowledge of the extensible business reporting language, according to a survey by the AICPA and XBRL US. The “XBRL Preparedness Survey,” conducted online

Preparing for the Next Opportunity

Robert R. Harris takes a large view of the profession. He believes the economic crisis, global convergence of standards, a worldwide concern about the depletion of nonrenewable natural resources, and generational changes all present unprecedented opportunities for CPAs. Harris, who was elected to a one-year term as chairman of the

XBRL Functionality Added to FASB Codification

FASB on Monday announced that it has added new XBRL functionality to its Accounting Standards Codification Web site. “The new XBRL functionality provided by the Codification Web site will help entities as they prepare or plan to prepare XBRL financial statements using the U.S. Financial Reporting Taxonomy,” said FASB Chairman

XBRL U.S. GAAP Tags Now Aligned to FASB Accounting Codification

The XBRL U.S. GAAP Taxonomy has been updated to reflect the FASB Accounting Standards Codification and is effective for interim and annual periods ending after Sept.15, 2009, FASB and XBRL US announced Tuesday. The codification, which became effective July 1, reorganizes thousands of U.S. GAAP pronouncements into roughly 90 accounting


The AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board issued Statement of Position (SOP) 09-1, Performing Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements That Address the Completeness, Accuracy, or Consistency of XBRL-Tagged Data. This interpretative SOP, drafted with the assistance of the XBRL Assurance Task Force of the AICPA Assurance Services Executive Committee, provides guidance regarding the application

FASB Introduces Disclosure Project

FASB introduced a project Wednesday that is intended to make financial statement disclosures more useful, organized and consistent, and less redundant. The project will focus on developing a framework for improved GAAP disclosures, according to FASB Chairman Robert Herz. The vision for the framework is for it to allow companies

Financial Reporting

The SEC adopted new rules that will require public companies to provide an XBRL version of their SEC filings. Under the new rules, approximately 500 of the largest U.S. public companies and foreign private issuers listed with the SEC will be required to provide financial information using XBRL beginning in

New XBRL Taxonomy for IFRS Released for Public Comment

The International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC) Foundation on Monday released a near final version of the IFRS Taxonomy 2009 for public comment. The IFRS Taxonomy 2009 is the eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) version of IFRS as of Dec. 31, 2008. XBRL, or “interactive data” as the SEC often refers

SEC Votes to Finalize XBRL Filing Rules

The SEC voted Wednesday to adopt new rules that would require public companies to provide an XBRL version of their SEC filings. Under the new rules, the 500 largest U.S. public companies and foreign private issuers listed with the SEC would be required to provide financial information using XBRL beginning

XBRL: Who Are the Early Adopters?

View the PowerPoint presentation narrated by JofA Senior Editor Matthew Lamoreaux. XBRL is evolving everywhere, but unevenly, driven by various stakeholders such as governments, stock exchanges, banks and other industry sectors. While the SEC has been finalizing its proposed rule requiring public companies and mutual funds to file their financial

On the Record: A Clear Advantage

“When the investor wins, so does the public company, fund, or other filer who simultaneously benefits from greater transparency and trust in our markets. By tapping the power of interactive data…markets can become fairer and more efficient while investors can possess far better quality data than was ever possible before.”


The SEC unveiled the successor to the agency's 1980s-era EDGAR database, which will give investors far faster and easier access to key financial information about public companies and mutual funds, according to an SEC news release. The new system is called IDEA, short for Interactive Data Electronic Applications. Based on


The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) issued an exposure draft, Interpretation 101-17, Networks and Network Firms, under Rule 101, Independence, of the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct. Along with new or revised definitions for network, network firm and firm, the ED proposes that when CPA firms form associations with


The technology assessment engagement

Are you working with the best technology? Do you know how to help your clients determine if their technology stack measures up? In this free report, J. Carlton Collins, CPA, explains how to answer those questions via a technology assessment engagement.


Maximizing the higher education tax credits

A counterintuitive strategy can save taxes by including otherwise excludable scholarships in gross income.