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General Rules and Regulations
for Electronic Filings

Regulation S-T





Rule 405 -- Interactive Data File Submissions and Postings


Preliminary Note 1. Sections 405 and 406T of Regulation S-T apply to electronic filers that submit or post Interactive Data Files. Item 601(b)(101) of Regulation S-K, paragraph (101) of Part II – Information Not Required to be Delivered to Offerees or Purchasers of both Form F-9 and Form F-10, paragraph 101 of the Instructions as to Exhibits of Form 20-F, paragraph B.(15) of the General Instructions to Form 40-F, paragraph C.(6) of the General Instructions to Form 6-K, and General Instruction C.3.(g) of Form N-1A, and specify when electronic filers are required or permitted to submit or post an Interactive Data File ( 232.11), as further described in the Note to 232.405.

Preliminary Note 2. Section 405 imposes content, format, submission and Web site posting requirements for an Interactive Data File, but does not change the substantive content requirements for the financial and other disclosures in the Related Official Filing (Rule 232.11).

Preliminary Note 3. Section 406T addresses liability related to Interactive Data Files.


  1. Content, format, submission and posting requirements--General. An Interactive Data File must:

    1. Comply with the content, format, submission and Web site posting requirements of this section;

    2. Be submitted only by an electronic filer either required or permitted to submit an Interactive Data File as specified by Item 601(b)(101) of Regulation S-K, paragraph (101) of Part II – Information Not Required to be Delivered to Offerees or Purchasers of either Form F-9 or Form F-10, paragraph 101 of the Instructions as to Exhibits of Form 20-F, paragraph B.(15) of the General Instructions to Form 40-F, paragraph C.(6) of the General Instructions to Form 6-K, or General Instruction C.3.(g) of Form N-1A, as applicable, as an exhibit to:

      1. A form that contains the disclosure required by this section or

      2. An amendment to a form that contains the disclosure required by this section if the amendment is filed no more than 30 days after the earlier of the due date or filing date of the form and the Interactive Data File is the first Interactive Data File the electronic filer submits or the first Interactive Data File the electronic filer submits that complies or is required to comply, whichever occurs first, with paragraphs (d)(1) through (d)(4), (e)(1) and (e)(2) of this section;

    3. Be submitted in accordance with the EDGAR Filer Manual and, as applicable, either Item 601(b)(101) of Regulation S-K, paragraph (101) of Part II – Information Not Required to be Delivered to Offerees or Purchasers of either Form F-9 or Form F-10, paragraph 101 of the Instructions as to Exhibits of Form 20-F, paragraph B.(15) of the General Instructions to Form 40-F, paragraph C.(6) of the General Instructions to Form 6-K, or General Instruction C.3.(g) of Form N-1A; and”

    4. Be posted on the electronic filer’s corporate Web site, if any, in accordance with, as applicable, either Item 601(b)(101) of Regulation S-K, paragraph (101) of Part II – Information Not Required to be Delivered to Offerees or Purchasers of either Form F-9 or Form F-10, paragraph 101 of the Instructions as to Exhibits of Form 20-F, paragraph B.(15) of the General Instructions to Form 40-F, paragraph C.(6) of the General Instructions to Form 6-K, or General Instruction C.3.(g) of Form N-1A.

  2. Content--Categories of information presented. An Interactive Data File must consist of only a complete set of information for all periods required to be presented in the corresponding data in the Related Official Filing, no more and no less, from all of the following categories:

    1. The complete set of the electronic filer's financial statements (which includes the face of the financial statements and all footnotes); and

    2. All schedules set forth in Article 12 of Regulation S-X related to the electronic filer's financial statements.


    Note to paragraph (b):
    It is not permissible for the Interactive Data File to present only partial face financial statements, such as by excluding comparative financial information for prior periods.



  3. Format--Generally. An Interactive Data File must comply with the following requirements, except as modified by paragraph (d) or (e) of this section, as applicable, with respect to the corresponding data in the Related Official Filing consisting of footnotes to financial statements or financial statement schedules as set forth in Article 12 of Regulation S-X:

    1. Data elements and labels.

      1. Element accuracy. Each data element (i.e., all text, line item names, monetary values, percentages, numbers, dates and other labels) contained in the Interactive Data File reflects the same information in the corresponding data in the Related Official Filing;

      2. Element specificity. No data element contained in the corresponding data in the Related Official Filing is changed, deleted, or summarized in the Interactive Data File;

      3. Standard and special labels and elements. Each data element contained in the Interactive Data File is matched with an appropriate tag from the most recent version of the standard list of tags specified by the EDGAR Filer Manual. A tag is appropriate only when its standard definition, standard label and other attributes as and to the extent identified in the list of tags match the information to be tagged, except that:

        1. Labels. An electronic filer must create and use a new special label to modify a tag's existing standard label when that tag is an appropriate tag in all other respects (i.e., in order to use a tag from the standard list of tags only its label needs to be changed); and

        2. Elements. An electronic filer must create and use a new special element if and only if an appropriate tag does not exist in the standard list of tags for reasons other than or in addition to an inappropriate standard label; and

    2. Additional mark-up related content. The Interactive Data File contains any additional mark-up related content (e.g., the eXtensible Business Reporting Language tags themselves, identification of the core XML documents used and other technology related content) not found in the corresponding data in the Related Official Filing that is necessary to comply with the EDGAR Filer Manual requirements.

  4. Format--Footnotes--Generally. The part of the Interactive Data File for which the corresponding data in the Related Official Filing consists of footnotes to financial statements must comply with the requirements of paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this section, as modified by this paragraph (d), unless the electronic filer is within one of the categories specified in paragraph (f) of this section. Footnotes to financial statements must be tagged as follows:

    1. Each complete footnote must be block-text tagged;

    2. Each significant accounting policy within the significant accounting policies footnote must be block-text tagged;

    3. Each table within each footnote must be block-text tagged; and

    4. Within each footnote,

      1. Each amount (i.e., monetary value, percentage, and number) must be tagged separately; and

      2. Each narrative disclosure may be tagged separately to the extent the electronic filer chooses.

  5. Format--Schedules--Generally. The part of the Interactive Data File for which the corresponding data in the Related Official Filing consists of financial statement schedules as set forth in Article 12 of Regulation S-X must comply with the requirements of paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this section, as modified by this paragraph (e), unless the electronic filer is within one of the categories specified in paragraph (f) of this section. Financial statement schedules as set forth in Article 12 of Regulation S-X must be tagged as follows:

    1. Each complete financial statement schedule must be block-text tagged; and

    2. Within each financial statement schedule,

      1. Each amount (i.e., monetary value, percentage and number) must be tagged separately; and

      2. Each narrative disclosure may be tagged separately to the extent the electronic filer chooses.

  6. Format--Footnotes and Schedules Eligible for Phased-In Detail. The following electronic filers must comply with paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this section as modified by paragraphs (d) and (e) of this section, except that they may choose to comply with paragraph (d)(1) of this section rather than paragraphs (d)(1) through (d)(4) of this section and may choose to comply with paragraph (e)(1) of this section rather than paragraphs (e)(1) and (e)(2) of this section:

    1. Any large accelerated filer (Rule 240.12b-2 of this chapter) that had an aggregate worldwide market value of the voting and non- voting common equity held by non-affiliates of more than $ 5 billion as of the last business day of the second fiscal quarter of its most recently completed fiscal year that prepares its financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as used in the United States, if none of the financial statements for which an Interactive Data File is required is for a fiscal period that ends on or after June 15, 2010;

    2. Any large accelerated filer not specified in paragraph (f)(1) of this section that prepares its financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as used in the United States, if none of the financial statements for which an Interactive Data File is required is for a fiscal period that ends on or after June 15, 2011; and

    3. Any filer not specified in paragraph (f)(1) or (f)(2) of this section that prepares its financial statements in accordance with either generally accepted accounting principles as used in the United States or International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, if none of the financial statements for which an Interactive Data File is required is for a fiscal period that ends on or after June 15, 2012.

  7. Posting. Any electronic filer that maintains a corporate Web site and is required to submit an Interactive Data File must post that Interactive Data File on that Web site by the end of the calendar day on the earlier of the date the Interactive Data File is submitted or is required to be submitted and the Interactive Data File must remain accessible on that Web site for at least a 12-month period.


    Note to § 232.405:
    Item 601(b)(101) of Regulation S-K specifies the circumstances under which an Interactive Data File must be submitted as an exhibit and be posted to the issuer's corporate Web site, if any, and the circumstances under which it is permitted to be submitted as an exhibit, with respect to Forms S-1, S-3, S-4, S-11, F-1, F-3, F-4, 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Paragraph (101) of Part II--Information not Required to be Delivered to Offerees or Purchasers of both Form F-9 and Form F-10 specifies the circumstances under which an Interactive Data File must be submitted as an exhibit and be posted to the issuer's corporate Web site, if any, and the circumstances under which it is permitted to be submitted as an exhibit, with respect to Form F-9 and Form F-10, respectively. Paragraph 101 of the Instructions as to Exhibits of Form 20-F specifies the circumstances under which an Interactive Data File must be submitted as an exhibit and be posted to the issuer's corporate Web site, if any, and the circumstances under which it is permitted to be submitted as an exhibit, with respect to Form 20-F. Paragraph B.(15) of the General Instructions to Form 40-F and Paragraph C.(6) of the General Instructions to Form 6-K specify the circumstances under which an Interactive Data File must be submitted as an exhibit and be posted to the issuer's corporate Web site, if any, and the circumstances under which it is permitted to be submitted as an exhibit, with respect to Form 40-F and Form 6-K, respectively. Item 601(b)(101) of Regulation S-K, paragraph (101) of Part II--Information not Required to be Delivered to Offerees or Purchasers of both Form F-9 and Form F-10, paragraph 101 of the Instructions as to Exhibits of Form 20-F, paragraph B.(15) of the General Instructions to Form 40-F and paragraph C.(6) of the General Instructions to Form 6-K all prohibit submission of an Interactive Data File by an issuer that prepares its financial statements in accordance with Article 6 of Regulation S-X (17 CFR 210.6-01 et seq.).

Regulatory History

74 FR 6776, 6814, Feb. 10, 2009, as corrected at 74 FR 15666, 15667, Apr. 7, 2009

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