U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy
Implementation and Style Guides

The objective of the U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy (Taxonomy) Implementation and Reference Guides is to provide preparers with additional insight and supplemental guidance for utilizing the Taxonomy as they create their XBRL documents. Other constituents also may find these guides useful as reference material. Available guides are listed below.

User Input Requested

The guides have been reviewed by various advisors including, but not limited to, the SEC, industry resource groups, and members of the Taxonomy Advisory Group (TAG). The guides are not authoritative and are not the result of actions taken by the FASB. The FASB Taxonomy staff invites individuals and organizations to provide comments for a period of 60 days.

The FASB Taxonomy staff is looking for input on the completeness of the guides, whether additional examples would be helpful (and, if so, a description of the issue), and whether there are any areas that are unclear or inaccurately modeled.

Interested parties may submit comments in one of three ways:
  • Using the Electronic Feedback Form to respond to the questions contained in the Proposed Implementation or Style Guide.
  • Sending written comments to “Chief of Taxonomy Development, FASB 401 Merritt 7, PO Box 5116, Norwalk, CT 06856-5116.” Refer to File Reference Number indicated next to the Proposed Guide.
  • Emailing written comments to xbrlguide@fasb.org.
All comments received are available at the Online Comment Letters XBRL Page.

Any comments on individual elements within the Taxonomy should be made through the FASB Online Review and Comment System.

The Implementation and Reference Guides are organized as follows:

Implementation Guides—Provides a reference for preparers to assist in applying the Taxonomy.
  • Proposed Implementation Guides
Title of Guide Comment Deadline Taxonomy
Other Comprehensive Income (including selected financial statements) Closed 2015

  • Final 2016 Implementation Guides1
Title of Guide Date Issued
Short-duration Insurance Contracts January 25,2016

  • Final 2015 Implementation Guides
Title of Guide Date Issued
Disposal Groups and Discontinued Operations October 30, 2015
Insurance: Concentration of Credit Risk Disclosures October 26, 2015
Liquidation Basis of Accounting October 26, 2015
Measurement Date Practical Expedient for Defined Benefit Plans October 26, 2015
Segment Reporting October 26, 2015
Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities June 29, 2015
Notional Amount Disclosures June 29, 2015
Repurchase-to-Maturity Transactions and Repurchase Financings June 29, 2015
Subsequent Events June 29, 2015

  • Final 2014 Implementation Guides
Title of Guide Date Issued
Insurance Industry: Concentration of Credit Risk Disclosures August 7, 2014
Notional Amount Disclosures June 23, 2014
Segment Reporting June 23, 2014
Liquidation Basis of Accounting June 23, 2014
Subsequent Events June 23, 2014

Reference Guides—Developed for internal use and shared here to provide additional insight into FASB design criteria. They also may serve as a reference for constituents in creating or using XBRL documents. The following guide(s) is (are) currently available for use and comment:
  • Proposed Reference Guides
Title of Guide Comment Deadline
Balance Type Guide Closed
Period Type Selection (Context) Guide Closed

1The 2016 US GAAP Reporting Taxonomy is pending SEC Acceptance.

  • Final Reference Guides
Title of Guide Date Issued
Definition Components & Structure Style Guide June 19, 2013