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Beneficial Ownership Information Report

Meet Your Corporate Transparency Act Requirements with Ease

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) mandates new ownership reporting standards for LLCs and corporations with the goal of improving transparency and combating illicit financial activities.

Our Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) report filing service is designed to streamline this complex process, making it easy for your business to meet these critical legal obligations.

Meet Your Business' Corporate Transparency Act Requirements

Meet Your Regulatory Requirements

Failure to comply with the Corporate Transparency Act can expose your business to legal scrutiny and reputational harm. Filing your BOI report is a vital step in maintaining the trust and integrity of your business.

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Your business's obligations under the CTA can vary based on numerous factors. We takes the guesswork out of the latest regulations and nuances in BOI reporting, ensuring that your filings are accurate, timely, and compliant.

What is Beneficial Ownership Information Report?

A Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) report is a document required under the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) in the United States. This report provides critical details about the beneficial owners of a corporation, LLC, or similar legal entity. In the context of the CTA, a beneficial owner is typically an individual who owns, controls, or significantly influences the entity. The BOI report includes names, addresses, dates of birth, and identification numbers of these owners, aiming to enhance transparency and prevent financial crimes. The requirement for this report is part of a broader effort to combat money laundering, fraud, and other illicit activities by making the ownership of U.S. companies more transparent.

Who Needs To File a Beneficial Owner Information Report?

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) requires corporations, LLCs, and similar entities to submit a beneficial owner information report. However, there are a few exemptions including:

  1. Publicly Traded Companies: These are typically exempt due to their existing regulatory disclosure requirements.
  2. Entities Under Extensive Government Oversight: This may include certain entities that already operate under significant federal regulation, reducing the risk of their use for illicit purposes.
  3. Inactive Entities: Entities that meet specific criteria of inactivity, defined under the law.
  4. Certain Trusts and Similar Entities: Some trusts and entities that are not created by filing documents with a secretary of state or similar office may be exempt.

Why is BOI Reporting Important?

BOI reporting under the CTA is more than a legal formality. It plays a pivotal role in preventing financial crimes and maintaining corporate transparency. Neglecting this responsibility can lead to substantial legal repercussions, underscoring the need for meticulous compliance.

When Do Businesses Need To File a BOI Report?

Businesses are required to file their Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) report within one month of formation or registration. Additionally, when there is a change in beneficial ownership, they must update their BOI within a specified period, typically within a year. For existing entities at the time of the implementation of the Corporate Transparency Act, a deadline is set for January 1st, 2025 to file their initial BOI report. It's crucial for businesses to be aware of these timelines to ensure compliance and avoid penalties.

How do I obtain Beneficial Ownership Information?

Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) access is strictly controlled under the Corporate Transparency Act. This access is granted exclusively to a select group of 'requestors'. These requestors comprise federal agencies involved in law enforcement and national security, state and local law enforcement agencies (provided they obtain a court order), the Treasury Department, and financial institutions, although the latter requires consent from the company being reported on. Additionally, this access extends to governmental bodies responsible for supervising financial institutions.

What steps are involved in filing a Beneficial Owner Information Report?

  1. Determine if you are required to file: Not every company operating in the US is mandated to submit a Beneficial Ownership Information Report (BOIR). To ascertain whether your company falls under this requirement, it's advisable to review the guidelines provided by FinCEN. Additionally, seeking legal counsel can provide clarity if you're uncertain about your company's status.
  2. Identify your beneficial owners: This includes any individuals with substantial control or ownership (25% or more) of your company, directly or indirectly.
  3. Gather the necessary information: Collect the required information about each beneficial owner, including their full name, date of birth, address, government issued ID (e.g., passport, driver's license), and percentage of ownership/control.
  4. File the Report: First, you'll need to create a FinCEN ID, which, while not mandatory, is useful for future communications and filings. Then, go to the BOI E-Filing website at and choose your preferred method of filing: directly through the online form, by downloading and completing a fillable PDF, or via API submission for more advanced users. Next, carefully input all necessary information about your company and its beneficial owners. Before submitting the report electronically, ensure all details are accurate and retain a copy for your records.

Can I set up a Beneficial Owner without filing a report?

No, you cannot set up a Beneficial Owner without filing a report if your company falls under the mandatory reporting requirements of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). As of January 1, 2024, many entities doing business in the US are obligated to file Beneficial Ownership Information Reports (BOIRs) with FinCEN, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

How do I know who my business' beneficial owners are?

Identifying a beneficial owner involves considering ownership and control aspects. An individual is a beneficial owner if they own at least 25% of the company. Additionally, substantial control over the company also qualifies them as a beneficial owner. This control can be in the form of holding a senior officer position (like President, CFO, CEO, COO), having the authority to appoint or remove key officers or a majority of the board of directors, or being a significant decision-maker for the company. These criteria are essential for determining beneficial ownership in accordance with BOI reporting standards.

How can a BOI report filing service assist me in compliance?

MyCorporation's BOI report filing service streamlines your compliance with the Corporate Transparency Act. Our expertise helps you determine if you need to file a BOIR, simplifies the complex reporting process, and keeps you updated with the latest regulatory changes. We handle the data collection, form completion, and submission, reducing your administrative burden and mitigating the risk of penalties due to errors or late filings.

What information do I need to include when filing a beneficial owner report?

When filing a beneficial owner report, you typically need to include:

Business Details: This includes the legal name and Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) of your company, the type of reporting entity (such as a covered business, foreign reporting entity, or exempt filer), the date your company was formed or registered, and the name and address of your registered agent.

Beneficial Owner Information: For each beneficial owner, you need to provide their full legal name as it appears on government-issued ID, their date of birth, current residential address, a unique identifying number (like a driver's license or passport number), and the percentage of ownership or control they hold in the company (typically 25% or more). Also, specify the type of filing - whether it's an initial report, an update, or a correction.

Are there specific requirements for preparing a beneficial owner report?

Preparing a Beneficial Ownership Information Report (BOIR) under the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) involves meeting certain requirements. It's important to ensure all provided information is accurate and up-to-date. Verification of the beneficial owners' identities is necessary, typically with valid documents like passports or driver's licenses, and copies of these documents should be kept. The report should include your company's details such as its legal name, Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the type of reporting entity. Also, include the date your company was formed and your registered agent's details.

Is it mandatory to file a beneficial owner report for my business?

Determining if you need to file a Beneficial Ownership Information Report (BOIR) for your business in the U.S. depends on your business type and ownership structure. Generally, most LLCs, corporations not traded on major U.S. stock exchanges, and some other legal entities are required to file. Publicly traded companies, many nonprofits, and certain large operating companies are exempt. Ownership structure matters too; for example, if your business is wholly owned by another entity that has already filed, or all beneficial owners are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with less than 25% ownership, you might not need to file. It's recommended to review FinCEN's BOI guidelines or seek legal advice to understand your specific obligations, as non-compliance can lead to penalties.

What are the consequences of not filing a Beneficial Owner Information Report?

Failing to submit a Beneficial Ownership Information Report (BOIR) when required under the can lead to serious consequences.

Financially, you could face civil penalties of up to $2,500 per day for late filings, and up to $10,000 for willful violations like submitting false information. In severe cases, criminal penalties might include up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Beyond financial penalties, not filing a BOIR can damage your company's reputation, potentially leading to public disclosure of non-compliance, challenges in competing with compliant entities, and difficulties in raising capital.

Investors and partners may shy away from businesses not adhering to CTA regulations. Additionally, lawsuits from those harmed by your non-compliance and the possibility of being barred from certain business opportunities add to the risks.

How does FINCEN regulate Beneficial Ownership?

FINCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) regulates Beneficial Ownership primarily through reporting requirements. Businesses are required to identify their beneficial owners and provide this information in reports to FINCEN. The aim is to prevent money laundering and financial crimes by increasing transparency about who owns and controls businesses. FINCEN's regulations typically mandate the collection of specific information about beneficial owners and adherence to strict filing deadlines and procedures.

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Frequently asked questions

BOI reporting, under the Corporate Transparency Act, involves corporations and LLCs submitting information about their beneficial owners to FinCEN. This includes details like names, addresses, dates of birth, and identification numbers. The aim is to prevent financial crimes by increasing corporate transparency and making it harder to use anonymous companies for illicit activities. Compliance is crucial to avoid legal penalties and maintain corporate integrity.

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) is a U.S. federal law requiring certain corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) to disclose information about their beneficial owners to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The goal is to prevent financial crimes by enhancing transparency in corporate ownership, making it more difficult to use anonymous entities for illicit activities. The Act mandates reporting beneficial owners' details, including their names, addresses, and identification numbers, to combat money laundering and other financial crimes. Compliance is essential to avoid penalties and maintain corporate integrity.

The penalties for non-compliance with the Corporate Transparency Act are severe, including daily civil fines of $500 that accumulate until the violation is corrected, potential additional fees, and criminal fines up to $10,000. Willful non-compliance or misreporting can lead to imprisonment for up to two years. Beyond financial and legal repercussions, non-compliance risks reputational damage, challenges in obtaining financing or licenses, and, in extreme cases, the dissolution of the company. These penalties underscore the importance of adherence to the CTA.

MyCorporation offers expert services to identify beneficial owners, prepare and file BOI reports, and ensure ongoing compliance with the CTA.

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