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Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Compliance Guide for Business Owners

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Understanding BOI Reporting Requirements

As of January 1, 2024, certain businesses must comply with the Beneficial Ownership Information reporting rule established by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. This compliance guide is designed to assist small entity business owners in navigating the new regulations and ensuring that their businesses meet all reporting obligations.

What Is BOI Reporting?

Beneficial Ownership Information reporting mandates that certain business entities disclose information about the people who own or control them (beneficial owners) and confident individuals who have applied to create or register the business (referred to as company applicants).

​This regulation is part of a broader effort to enhance transparency and prevent illegal financial activities, such as money laundering and terrorism financing.

Who Needs to File BOI Reports?

  • New Entities: Companies created or registered on or after January 1, 2024, must report their beneficial owners and, in some cases, company applicants to FinCEN.
  • Existing Entities: Entities established before January 1, 2024, have until January 1, 2025, to file their initial BOI reports.
  • Exemptions: Certain entities are exempt from the BOI reporting requirement. These exemptions include, but are not limited to, larger companies that exceed a specific revenue and employee threshold, governmental authorities, and financial institutions already subject to similar regulatory requirements.

What Information Must Be Reported?

Reporting entities must provide detailed information about their beneficial owners and company applicants. This includes:

  • Full legal names
  • Birthdates
  • Residential addresses (for individuals) or principal business addresses
  • Identification numbers (such as a Social Security Number, Passport Number, or Driver's License Number)
  • A description of the role that qualifies them as a beneficial owner or company applicant

Key Reporting Deadlines

  Entities formed or registered on or after January 1, 2024, but before January 1, 2025, have 90 days after their formation or registration to file.

Entities formed or registered on or after January 1, 2025, have 30 days after their formation or registration to file.

Existing entities (formed or registered before January 1, 2024) must file by January 1, 2025.

How to File BOI Reports

Business owners must file BOI reports electronically via FinCEN's secure filing system, available on the FinCEN website. This system provides a streamlined process for submitting the required information.

Why Compliance Matters

Compliance with BOI reporting requirements is not optional. Failure to comply can result in significant civil and criminal penalties, including fines and potential imprisonment for willful non-compliance. Additionally, compliance supports the global fight against financial crimes and creates a more transparent and secure business environment.

Need Further Assistance?

If you require assistance with BOI reporting or have questions about whether your business needs to file, our accounting firm is here to help. Our team of compliance experts can guide you through the process, ensure accurate reporting, and help your business meet all regulatory requirements. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can support your business's compliance efforts.

​Remember, compliance is not just about meeting legal obligations—it's also about safeguarding the integrity of your business and contributing to the global effort to prevent financial crimes. Ensure your business is prepared and compliant by the designated deadlines.

For more information and to get your filing started , visit FinCEN's website directly to discuss your business's specific needs and how we can assist.

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