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FinCEN Beneficial Ownership Information

If you're a small business owner, another chore just got added to your list. It's crucial to be aware of the latest regulations from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The Corporate Transparency Act, passed in 2021, is a significant law aimed at preventing illegal financial activities. Here's what you need to know to ensure you comply and avoid any penalties.

Key Deadlines for Business Reporting

Existing Companies: If your business was formed before January 1, 2024, you need to submit your report by January 1, 2025.

New Companies: For businesses formed in 2024, reports must be filed within 90 days after they're officially registered.

What Needs to Be Reported?

Companies, LLCs, and other entites must provide details about the people who actually own or control the business. This isn't a yearly requirement but a one-time filing, with updates as necessary. The information needed includes:

  • Owner's name

  • Date of birth

  • Address

  • A valid ID, like a U.S. driver's license, passport, or other state or tribal IDs. If these aren't available, a foreign passport will do.

Businesses also need to report their own details, such as names and addresses. Companies formed after January 1, 2024, must additionally provide information about the people who set up the company.

How to File the Report?

Filing is straightforward, secure, and free. FinCEN has made sure the process is as simple as possible, especially for small businesses. They offer a ton of resources:

  • Small Entity Compliance Guide: Breaks down the requirements in easy-to-understand language.

  • Informative Videos and Webinars: These help clarify the process.

  • FAQs and Contact Center: For any questions you or your clients might have.

  • Detailed Information and Reporting Access: Visit FinCEN’s Beneficial Ownership Information Reports Page for all the details.

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