News Release 09/01/16


Norwalk, CT, September 1, 2016—The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today released the proposed 2017 GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy for public review and comment. The deadline to submit written comments is October 31, 2016.

The proposed 2017 Taxonomy contains updates for accounting standards and other recommended improvements. The Taxonomy is used by public issuers registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The 60-day comment period is intended to allow users of the Taxonomy to provide feedback on these updates. It also is intended to afford SEC filers, service providers, software vendors, and other interested parties the opportunity to become familiar with and suggest revisions to the Taxonomy, including incorporating new elements for current filings.

Those interested in learning more about the proposed 2017 GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy are invited to participate in a live CPE webinar called IN FOCUS: 2017 GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy Changes and SEC Update. Offered free of charge, the webinar takes place on Tuesday, October, 4, 2016, from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Participants in the live broadcast will be eligible for up to 1.5 hours of CPE credit. (Please note that CPE credit is not available for group viewing of the live broadcast.) To register or to learn more about the webcast, log on to

The 2017 GAAP Financial Reporting Taxonomy is expected to be accepted as final by the SEC in early 2017. The proposed 2017 GAAP Taxonomy and instructions on how to submit comments are available at the FASB’s XBRL page.

Questions about using the Taxonomy for creating and submitting XBRL tagged interactive data files in compliance with SEC rules should be directed to the SEC. SEC contact details and guidance are available at the SEC’s portal on XBRL.

About the Financial Accounting Standards Board

Established in 1973, the FASB is the independent, private-sector, not-for-profit organization based in Norwalk, Connecticut, that establishes financial accounting and reporting standards for public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The FASB is recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission as the designated accounting standard setter for public companies. FASB standards are recognized as authoritative by many other organizations, including state Boards of Accountancy and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The FASB develops and issues financial accounting standards through a transparent and inclusive process intended to promote financial reporting that provides useful information to investors and others who use financial reports. The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) supports and oversees the FASB. For more information, visit