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

The objective of the U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy (Taxonomy) Implementation and Style 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 Style Guides are organized as follows:

Implementation Guides—Provides a reference for preparers to assist in applying the Taxonomy.

In addition to the PDF version of these guides, inline format guides are in process and will be posted to the FASB website when they become available.
  • Proposed Implementation Guides

Title of Guide

Comment Deadline
Taxonomy
Version
Fair Value Inputs January 3, 2018 2018*
Financial Instruments—Debt Securities January 3, 2018 2018*
Retirement Benefits—Phase 2 Closed 2018*
Dimensional Modeling for Disclosures of Consolidated and Nonconsolidated Entities Closed 2017

*Pending SEC Acceptance. The 2018 Taxonomy is subject to change until published as final.

  • Final 2017 Implementation Guides


Title of Guide

Date Issued

PDF Version
In-line
XBRL
Viewer*

XBRL Files**
Disposal Groups and Discontinued Operations March 9, 2017 PDF In Process In Process
Insurance: Concentration of Credit Risk Disclosures April 14, 2017 PDF In-line XBRL File
Liquidation Basis of Accounting March 9, 2017 PDF In-line XBRL File
Leases Under Topic 842 May 5, 2017 PDF In-line XBRL File
Measurement Date Practical Expedient for Defined Benefit Plans March 9, 2017 PDF In-line XBRL File
Notional Amount Disclosures March 9, 2017 PDF In-line XBRL File
Other Comprehensive Income April 26, 2017 PDF In Process In Process
Repurchase-to-Maturity Transactions and Repurchase Financings June 30, 2017 PDF In-line XBRL File
Retirement Benefits—Phase 1 March 9, 2017 PDF In Process In Process
Revenue from Contracts with Customers March 9, 2017 PDF In Process In Process
Segment Reporting March 9, 2017 PDF In-line XBRL File
Short-duration Insurance Contracts April 26, 2017 PDF In-line XBRL File
Subsequent Events March 9, 2017 PDF In-line XBRL File

*This instance document and related extension taxonomy are not authoritative; rather they are intended to be used to understand and illustrate the implementation of the modeling in the US GAAP Taxonomy. No conclusions should be made regarding other modeling choices or semantic considerations. This instance document and related extension taxonomy are not in compliance with certain EDGAR Filer Manual rules because it does not represent a complete filing and is an artificial construct for illustrative purposes. The FASB disclaims all responsibility for any use of this purely illustrative material for actual reporting or disclosure, or other non-hypothetical purposes. Please also see Terms of Use for this website.
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  • Final 2016 Implementation Guides
Title of Guide Date Issued
Dimensional Modeling for Financing Receivable Disclosures May 25, 2016
Short-duration Insurance Contracts March 8, 2016
Disposal Groups and Discontinued Operations March 8, 2016
Insurance: Concentration of Credit Risk Disclosures March 8, 2016 
Liquidation Basis of Accounting March 8, 2016
Measurement Date Practical Expedient for Defined Benefit Plans March 8, 2016
Segment Reporting March 8, 2016
Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities March 8, 2016
Notional Amount Disclosures March 8, 2016
Repurchase-to-Maturity Transactions and Repurchase Financings March 8, 2016
Subsequent Events March 8, 2016
Other Comprehensive Income March 8, 2016

Style 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 Style Guides
Title of Guide Comment Deadline
Decision Tree for Hierarchical and Distinct Domains Closed
Dimension Uses Closed
Period Type Selection (Context) Closed

  • Final Style Guides
Title of Guide Date Issued
Balance Type April 27, 2016
Definition Components & Structure Style June 19, 2013