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Many organizations have been looking to the internet to bring the long-heralded promises of “better, faster, cheaper” data to organizational decision-making, and specifically to business and financial reporting. An emerging technology standard, eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), promises to web-enable the financial reporting process for both preparers and consumers.
Tags: XBRL, newbies
Type: web page
This presentation provides details of XBRL-related topics specific to the CPA profession. The slide deck consists of 43 slides. Prepared in February 2010.
The purpose of this paper is to define XBRL, explore the implications of XBRL on auditing, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this form of financial reporting. The SEC is now requiring companies to submit financial statements in the XBRL format. A subset of XML (eXtensible Markup Langage), XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) standardizes the electronic communication of financial data around the world. XBRL will provide benefits, cost savings, increased efficiency, improved accuracy and reliability in the analysis and communication of business information.
What is XBRL?
XBRL stands for eXtensible Business Reporting Language, and it is a language for the electronic communication of business and financial data worldwide. As one of the family of "XML" languages, it is becoming a standard means of communicating information between businesses and on the internet.
XBRL is being developed by an international non-profit consortium of approximately 450 major companies, organisations and government agencies. It is an open standard, free of licence fees. It is already being put to practical use in a number of countries and implementations of XBRL are growing rapidly around the world. (Source: http://www.xbrl.org/)
Providing major benefits in the preparation, analysis and communication of business information, XBRL offers cost savings, greater efficiency, and improved accuracy and reliability to all those involved in supplying or using financial data.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is the national, professional organization for all Certified Public Accountants. Its mission is to provide members with the resources, information, and leadership that enable them to provide valuable services in the highest professional manner to benefit the public as well as employers and clients.
In fulfilling its mission, the AICPA has developed a number of materials introducing XBRL and information about XBRL. This link will take you to a number of XBRL resources available from the AICPA.
In this paper we study all Israeli public companies and analyze their XBRL-tagged financial statements that are available on MAGNA, the Israel Securities Authority’s electronic system. We describe the unique process by which the XBRL-based data was collected and reported. In addition we examine these companies’ original full body Hebrew-based financial statements. We document deficiencies in the XBRL-tagged filings, and inconsistencies between them and the Hebrew-based annual reports. Further, we conduct numerous interviews with professionals in the American and Israeli financial communities to gain additional insight on the conversion. This unique analysis allows us to better understand the benefits and challenges of the adoption of XBRL, particularly when coupled with the adoption of IFRS.
An Evaluation of the Current State and Future of XBRL and Interactive Data for Investors and Analysts
As early promoters of “interactive data,” Columbia Business School’s Center for Excellence in Accounting and Security Analysis (CEASA) undertook a review of the state of XBRL and interactive data with a focus on their utility for security analysis. This project involved interviews with representatives of the various stakeholders (i.e., preparers, regulators, analysts and investors, XBRL developers, data aggregators, and XBRL filing and consumption tool vendors), and an in-depth discussion with and survey of investors and analysts. The survey and interview questions, and our conclusions, were organized around the original vision for interactive data—i.e., that data in this format would provide incrementally more relevant, timely, and reliable information to more end users, who could then manipulate and organize the data according to their own purposes at a lower cost.
This web site provides an overview of XBRL from the perspective of the Accounting Profession. This website also provides links to various other sources.