The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently published a final rule requiring companies to incorporate interactive data, using eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), into financial statements. Issuers will have to "tag" data using a standard taxonomy and provide the interactive data as an exhibit to periodic and current reports and registration statements as well as transition reports for a change in fiscal year. Further, financial statements in interactive data format will have to be posted on a filer's corporate website. The requirements are intended to improve the usefulness of financial information to investors. "Through interactive data, what is currently static, text-based information can be dynamically searched and analyzed, facilitating the comparison of financial and business performance across companies, reporting periods, and industries."
The table attached identifies the report for which an issuer would first be required to file interactive data.