What Business Owners Need to Know About Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Reporting
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The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), effective from January 1, 2024, significantly changes business reporting requirements in the US. Most LLCs will be required to file a new Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) report beginning in 2024.
This brief guide covers the key aspects of the CTA, including its requirements, impact on businesses, deadlines, where to file, and the necessary steps for compliance. To file your report beginning January 1st, 2024, visit the official FinCEN website.
What is the Corporate Transparency Act?
The Corporate Transparency Act, part of Title 31 (Money and Finance) of the US Code, was enacted in 2021 with the primary goal of preventing money laundering and enhancing transparency in corporate ownership.
To file your report beginning January 1st, 2024, visit the official FinCEN website. Here is further information about who needs to file, who is exempt, deadlines, and more.
Who needs to file BOI reports?
All entities, including those registered in all 50 states, territories, and US possessions, are required to file BOI reports. This includes limited liability companies (LLCs), corporations, and limited liability partnerships (LLPs). Foreign companies that register with the Secretary of State are also subject to these requirements.
BOI reporting exemptions
The CTA outlines 23 exemptions:
Securities reporting issuer
Depository institution holding company
Money services business
Broker or dealer in securities
Securities exchange or clearing agency
Other Exchange Act registered entity
Investment company or investment adviser
Venture capital fund adviser
State-licensed insurance producer
Commodity Exchange Act registered entity
Financial market utility
Pooled investment vehicle
Entity assisting a tax-exempt entity
Large operating company
Subsidiary of certain exempt entities
Defining inactive entities for exemption
Inactive companies are exempt from BOI reporting if they meet the following requirements:
Must have been in existence on or before January 1, 2020.
Is not engaged in an active business.
Is not owned by a foreign person.
Has not experienced a change in ownership in the preceding 12-month period.
Has not sent or received funds in an amount greater than $1,000 in the preceding 12-month period.
Does not hold any type of assets, domestic or foreign.
Defining large operating companies
Large operating companies that meet the criteria of employing 20 full-time employees, show $5 million in gross receipts or sales, and have a physical office in the US, are exempt from the BOI reporting requirements.
How to determine beneficial owners
Individuals who own more than 25% or have substantial control over a company, including senior officers with authority over company matters, are considered beneficial owners.
Reporting company information
Entities must provide detailed information, including their full legal name, any trade or "doing business as" names, principal place of business address, state or tribal jurisdiction of formation, and Employer Identification Number (EIN).
Beneficial owner and applicant information
For each beneficial owner and applicant, the required information includes full legal name, date of birth, residential street address, and a unique identifying number from an accepted identification document.
Filing deadlines and updates
The initial BOI report is due by December 31, 2024, for entities created before January 1, 2024. Post this date, reports are due within 90 days after entity creation, with updates or corrections required within 30 days.
Penalties for non-compliance
Entities failing to file BOI reports may face penalties of $500 per day, up to a maximum of $10,000.
For current and comprehensive information about the new BOI requirements and to file your report beginning January 1st, 2024, visit the official FinCEN website.
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