Recently, there’s been some confusion around the Inline XBRL requirements that will be required for Form 10-Q filings by large accelerated filers this quarter. And with the 10-Q deadline looming for those with a June 30th quarter-end (tomorrow!), the dialogue has continued in our “Q&A Forum” (iXBRL Questions). Yesterday, Bass Berry also shared a blog about how to handle the iXBRL requirements. Here’s an excerpt about Form 10-Q – as well as Form 8-K:
Form 10-Q Question: As a large accelerated filer, should our 10-Q exhibit list include a separate reference to Exhibit 104?
Based on our discussions with SEC Staff within the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, we understand the position of the Staff in Corp Fin’s Office of Chief Counsel is that a registrant should explicitly reference an Exhibit 104 in the list of exhibits. And because the recent EDGAR Filer Manual makes clear that a registrant meets its obligation under Exhibit 104 by providing the cover page interactive data file using an Inline XBRL document set with Exhibit 101, the registrant should simply cross-reference to Exhibit 101.
For example, Exhibit 104 could include a cross-reference as follows: “104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101).”
We also remind large accelerated filers that the recent instructions to Item 601(b)(101) of Regulation S-K were amended to require that for interactive data files, the Exhibit Index must include the word “Inline” within the title description for any XBRL-related exhibits. See Instruction 1 to Paragraphs (b)(101)(i) and (ii) of Regulation S-K.
Form 8-K Question: In a Form 8-K, are you required to explicitly reference Exhibit 104 in the Exhibit Index?
Answer: In discussions with SEC Staff within the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, we received the following guidance related to a registrant’s Exhibit 104 reference obligation in 8-Ks:
– If the 8-K does NOT otherwise have an exhibit being filed under Item 9.01(d), then the company does not need to include Item 9.01(d) in the 8-K solely for the Exhibit 104 reference. (The cover page tagging is still required in the background, but there is no standalone Exhibit 104 reference in an Item 9.01.)
– In contrast, if the 8-K does have another exhibit being filed under Item 9.01(d) (e.g., there is a material contract), then the company should include a reference to Exhibit 104 in the Item 9.01(d) disclosure because there is already disclosure being provided under this Item. For example, the reference could be as follows: “104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)”
– The principle behind this position is that Item 9.01 is intended to have an informational component to it, and if an Exhibit 104 reference is required in every 8-K then the informational benefit of item 9.01 is weakened.
–Liz Dunshee, TheCorporateCounsel.net August 8, 2019
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