Charles Hoffman, CPA

I am a consultant with deep expertise in both the domains of financial reporting and the Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). I use this unique understanding of both business issues and technical issues to help software developers and professional accountants who want to leverage XBRL-based digital financial reporting in their processes and software products.

Charles Hoffman is credited as being the "father of XBRL."  Charlie, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), brought the idea of what was to become XBRL to the AICPA.  Charlie is author of the books XBRL for Dummies, XBRL Essentials (a non-technical guide to XBRL), and Financial Reporting Using XBRL: IFRS and US GAAP Edition (a comprehensive guide to using XBRL in financial reporting).  He was co-editor of the first XBRL taxonomy.  He played a major role in creating the taxonomy for financial reporting under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).  He participated on the project to create the US GAAP Taxonomy and the US GAAP Taxonomy Architecture. He was a member of both the XBRL Specification and Domain Working Groups as XBRL 2.1 was being created.  Charlie is co-author of the "Financial Reporting Taxonomies Architecture" (FRTA) 1.0 specification, the "Financial Reporting Instance Standards" and a significant contributor to the XBRL 2.1 specification.

Charlie received the AICPA Special Recognition Award in 2006 for his efforts in helping to create XBRL.

Prior to his involvement with XBRL, Charlie served as an auditor for what was then Price Waterhouse, as financial officer for a number of companies, and as an accounting software implementation consultant.  In 1997, Charlie was the recipient of the AICPA Innovative User of Technology award.  He was named by Accounting Technology as one of the one hundred most influential people in the accounting profession. Charlie is Director of Innovative Solutions for UBmatrix LLC.

Charlie is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with both a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and an MBA with a focus on management information systems and world class manufacturing techniques.  He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from PLU in 2007.

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International Journal of Digital Accounting Research, Digitizing Financial Reports – Issues and Insights: A Viewpoint:

Journal of Accountancy: 125 people of impact in accounting. Leaders who left a mark on the profession.

History of how XBRL got started:

Bob Tie, Journal of Accountancy Article: Journal of Accountancy

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