Will More Filers Create XBRL Crunch?


About 7,000 to 8,000 smaller companies, the so-called tier 3 filers, must start tagging their financial filings into the interactive XBRL format this year, but some worry third-party vendors won't be able to handle the strain of tagging data for so many companies.

Financial Executives International cited "concerns over the readiness of service providers to handle the onslaught of demand coming in 2011" in a recent letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission. This year's third wave follows the 500 large companies required to submit XBRL-formatted files in 2009 and the 1,200 midsize companies that started last year.

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