The SEC EDGAR and XBRL/iXBRL Mandate

Ever since digital reporting was introduced in the US in 2009, we’ve been helping companies with hassle-free and high-quality filings in EDGAR, XBRL/iXBRL formats to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A Closer Look

Since 2009, the SEC has increasingly been transitioning reporting by issuers to the digital XBRL standard. Starting with large issuers, the XBRL mandate was extended to all issuers by 2011. The scope of digital reporting has also been expanded over the years.

The SEC, through its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) portal, periodically collects financial information from the companies under its purview. Since most data collection formats are static and do not allow users to interact with data, the SEC in 2009 mandated XBRL as the format in which companies submit quarterly and annual financial information.

XBRL was chosen for the convenience the format offers in accessing, analyzing, and comparing financial information by simply facilitating the production of machine-readable information. In 2018, the SEC updated its mandate to replace XBRL with the more advanced Inline XBRL (iXBRL) as the new medium for receiving corporate filings into the EDGAR system.

Interactive Data

Inline XBRL facilitates displaying financial information in a human-readable and machine-readable format on EDGAR, helping users to interact with the data.

Historical Data

EDGAR’s advanced search system allows access to the full text of electronic filings since 2001. That’s over 20 years’ worth of financial information to analyze.

High-quality Data

Data in the iXBRL format is of better quality than data in non-interactive formats. However, companies must make a conscious effort to ensure their iXBRL reports are error-free.

Non-financial Data

A recent SEC proposal for having companies report GHG emissions and sustainability data in their 10-Ks is expected to extend the iXBRL mandate to non-financial information.

Inline XBRL reporting involves tagging the disclosures in companies’ 10-K, 10-Q, 20-F, 40-F, and 8-K forms with appropriate elements from the US GAAP or SEC Reporting Taxonomies. Companies comply with SEC requirements either by using software solutions that help prepare iXBRL reports or by relying on outsourcing service providers.

The SEC recently released a proposal for possibly including climate-risk disclosures in US-based companies’ Forms 10-K and foreign private issuers’ Forms 20-F. Companies will have to look for software and service providers that can accommodate those additional filing requirements at the earliest. IRIS CARBON® is one such solution.

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I want to thank you for all your support in the process of preparing Natura’s XBRL in record time. It was a big challenge, but with your commitment and the whole team to adjust the XBRL in less than a week, we managed to achieve a very important goal for the company.
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Natura & Co
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Unparalleled XBRL Expertise at your Service

IRIS has been into XBRL-based regulatory compliance for over 17 years now. We call ourselves XBRL evangelists and take pride in having contributed to the development of the data format. We have worked with 30+ global regulators and have helped some of them develop the XBRL taxonomies filers need to use.

Apart from the SEC’s iXBRL mandate, we also facilitate XBRL filings with the US FERC. In Europe, we help companies file iXBRL reports under the ESEF mandate; in the UK, we facilitate iXBRL filings with the FCA and HMRC; in South Africa, we have built the CIPC’s iXBRL report collection platform and also provide compliance services to companies.

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  • Constant Focus on High-quality Filings

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