On March 24, FinCEN released its first set of guidance materials to aid the public and small businesses in reporting beneficial ownership information (i.e., individuals who directly or indirectly own or control a company). As previously covered by InfoBytes, last September, FinCEN published a final rule establishing beneficial ownership information requirements, as required by the Corporate Transparency Act. The final rule, which becomes effective January 1, 2024, will require most corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities created in or registered to do business in the United States, to report information about their beneficial owners to FinCEN. Reporting companies created or registered before January 1, 2024, will have until January 1, 2025, to file their initial reports, while reporting companies created or registered after January 1, 2024, will have 30 days after creation or registration to file their initial reports. The guidance materials include FAQs, information on key filing dates, and informational videos. Additional guidance will be published in the coming months, including a Small Entity Compliance Guide, FinCEN said in the announcement.
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