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Inline XBRL

Inline XBRL

On June 28, 2018, the Commission adopted amendments requiring the use, on a phased in basis, of Inline XBRL for operating company financial statement information and fund risk/return summary information. See Release No. 33-10514 for details.

What is Inline XBRL?

Inline XBRL is a format that allows filers to embed XBRL data directly into a HyperText Markup Language (HTML) document so that filers need only prepare one Inline XBRL document rather than generate an HTML document of their financial statement information or risk/return summary information and then tag a copy of the data to create a separate XBRL exhibit.

For data users, Inline XBRL provides an easier way to view, access, and explore the contextual information of the underlying data. For example, users can hover over values in the filing to find more information about the data, such as citations and hyperlinks to the relevant accounting guidance, narrative definitions for the values, and reporting period information associated with each value.

How are Inline XBRL filings viewed?

Viewing Inline XBRL filings is simple and does not require any specialized software because the Commission has incorporated an Inline XBRL Viewer into the Commission’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system. Anyone using a recent standard internet browser can view an Inline XBRL filing on EDGAR. (Recent standard internet browsers are ones that fully support HTML 5 and JavaScript, such as Chrome 68 and later, Firefox 60 and later, Safari IOS 11 and later, Microsoft Edge Windows 10, and Internet Explorer 11.)

The short video below describes some of the features and capabilities of the open source Inline XBRL Viewer.

You can access a transcript of the video here.

When must filers begin filing using Inline XBRL?

U.S. GAAP filers have a three-year phase-in to comply with the Inline XBRL requirements as follows, beginning with fiscal periods ending on or after:

  • June 15, 2019 for large accelerated filers
  • June 15, 2020 for accelerated filers
  • June 15, 2021 for all other filers

IFRS filers will be required to comply with Inline XBRL beginning with fiscal periods ending on or after June 15, 2021.

Domestic form filers, however, will not become subject to the requirement until their first Form 10-Q filed for a fiscal period ending on or after the applicable compliance date, as opposed to the first filing for a fiscal period ending on or after that date.

Funds have a two-year phase-in to comply with the Inline XBRL requirements as follows, beginning with any initial registration statement (or post-effective amendment that is an annual update to an effective registration statement) that becomes effective on or after:

  • September 17, 2020 for large fund groups (with assets of $1 billion or more as of the end of the most recent fiscal year)
  • September 17, 2021 for small fund groups (with assets of less than $1 billion as of the end of the most recent fiscal year)

Can all forms subject to the Inline XBRL requirements be voluntarily filed using Inline XBRL in the EDGAR system now?

It is anticipated that the EDGAR system will be modified by March 2019 to accept in Inline XBRL all forms subject to the Inline XBRL requirements. The public will be notified when the EDGAR system is ready to accept filings in Inline XBRL, in a manner similar to how it is notified of taxonomy updates and EDGAR Filer Manual updates.

In the meantime, operating companies may continue to voluntarily file certain forms in Inline XBRL under the exemptive order issued on June 13, 2016.

Where can I find filings submitted using Inline XBRL?

The most recent 200 Inline XBRL filings are displayed here for ease of reference.

Alternatively, when searching the documents of a particular company, any filing submitted using Inline XBRL will display an “iXBRL” indicator as below:

iXBRL indicator image

Is the Inline Viewer software source code available for download?

The Inline Viewer software is freely available to the public in an effort to facilitate the creation of cost effective Inline XBRL viewers and analytical products.

Where can I find the technical requirements related to filing using Inline XBRL?

The EDGAR Filer Manual provides the technical requirements needed for filers to use Inline XBRL.

Who should I contact for questions on Inline XBRL?

For questions on Inline XBRL rule requirements and compliance related to operating company financial statement information, please contact the Office of Chief Counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance at 202-551-3500 or using the form at https://tts.sec.gov/cgi-bin/corp_fin_interpretive. Please select “Office of Chief Counsel” in the form.

For questions on Inline XBRL rule requirements and compliance related to fund risk/return summary information, please contact the Office of Chief Counsel in Division of Investment Management at 202-551-6825 or IMOCC@sec.gov.

For questions on structured data or other technical questions such as XBRL validation, taxonomies, and data quality, please contact the Office of Structured Disclosure in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis at 202-551-5494 or StructuredData@sec.gov.

For questions on submitting forms through EDGAR and other submission questions, please contact EDGAR Filer Support at 202-551-8900

Small entities may also be interested in reviewing the following compliance guides:

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