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Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has released the draft version of 2018 U.S. Financial Reporting Taxonomy. While the FASB tries to make sure that the taxonomy is improving every year with removal of certain elements, adding new elements etc., the 2018 proposed taxonomy contains primarily updates for accounting standards and also has some new taxonomy structural changes as well.

Every year, the FASB encourages filer entities, software and service providers, XBRL and accounting professionals and other interested parties to review the draft taxonomy and provide comments so that they can factor in such feedback during the overall finalization process.

Below is the summary of type of changes in the proposed 2018 taxonomy:

 

Type of changeNo. of elements
Deprecated Items286
Label Changes531
Reference Changes1,157
Definition Changes392
New Elements465
Data Type Changes21
Taxonomy Implementation Note879
Deleted Elements441

Source: Data as provided by FASB in 2018_US_GAAP_Release_Notes-Draft_Appendices

The proposed 2018 taxonomy will remain open for public comments till October 31, 2017.  We will summarize the changes in another article. In the mean time we would encourage people to go ahead and comment on the taxonomy before the comment period closes.