SEC Financial Reporting Manual (March 2016)

Published October 13, 2016

Disclaimer: This Manual was originally prepared by the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance to serve as internal guidance. In 2008, in an effort to increase transparency of informal staff interpretations, the Division posted a version of the Manual to its website. Because of its informal nature, the Manual does not necessarily contain a discussion of all material considerations necessary to reach an accounting or disclosure conclusion. Such conclusions about a particular transaction are very fact dependent and require careful analysis of the transaction and of the relevant authoritative accounting literature and Commission requirements. The information in this Manual is non-authoritative. If it conflicts with authoritative or source material, the authoritative or source material governs. The information presented also may not reflect the views of other Divisions and Offices at the Commission. The guidance is not a rule, regulation or statement of the Commission and the Commission has neither approved nor disapproved this information. The information included in this Manual may be updated from time to time and positions may change. As a result, the information in this manual may not be current.


Sections of the Financial Reporting Manual have been updated as of March 17, 2016. These sections have been marked with the date tag, “Last updated: 3/17/2016,” to identify the changes. Previous updates are marked using the same convention and represent the last revision to that section. We include a date tag when the change is significant. Changes that are administrative in nature (for example, section reference updates or grammatical improvements) are not marked with a date tag.

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SEC Financial Reporting Manual (March 2016) (1.85 MB / pdf)

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