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Understanding Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting: A Comprehensive Guide

Understanding Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting: A Comprehensive Guide

In an era of information overload, misinformation often clouds critical topics. To provide accurate and reliable information and to dispel confusion about Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting, we have created this blog. Read along to grasp the basics of BOI and understand why, as a business owner, it is crucial to be aware of it.

In an effort to combat money laundering, terrorism financing, and promote national security, the U.S. government, through the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), has implemented the Corporate Transparency Act. This act mandates that companies, with some exceptions, share identifying information about individuals who directly or indirectly own or control a company. The goal is to enhance transparency and safeguard the financial system from illicit use. In this blog, we'll delve into the key aspects of Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) reporting based on information available from FinCEN.

What is a Reporting Company?

A reporting company is an entity required to provide beneficial ownership information in compliance with the Corporate Transparency Act. Reporting companies play a crucial role in promoting transparency and preventing illicit financial activities by disclosing information about those who own or control the company.

Types of Reporting Companies:

1. Domestic Reporting Companies:

• Includes corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities created by filing with a secretary of state or similar office in the United States.

2. Foreign Reporting Companies:

• Encompasses entities formed under foreign laws that have registered to do business in the United States.


There are 23 types of entities exempt from the reporting requirements, adding flexibility to the regulatory framework.

Overview of Reporting Requirements sourced directly from FinCEN:

Effective January 1, 2024, companies are required to comply with the Corporate Transparency Act. The reporting timeline varies based on when a company was created or registered.

1. Reporting Deadline for Companies Created or Registered Before January 1, 2024:

• Companies in existence before January 1, 2024, have until January 1, 2025, to file their initial BOI report.

2. Reporting Deadline for Companies Created or Registered Between January 1, 2024, and January 1, 2025:

• Companies created or registered during this period must file their initial BOI report within 90 calendar days after receiving notice of their creation or registration.

3. Reporting Deadline for Companies Created or Registered On or After January 1, 2025:

• Companies established on or after January 1, 2025, must file their initial BOI report within 30 calendar days from the date of actual or public notice of the company's creation or registration.

Filing Process:

• FinCEN will begin accepting reports on January 1, 2024, through a secure filing system on its website.

• The filing process is entirely free, and companies are not required to engage an attorney or CPA, as FinCEN anticipates that most reporting companies can provide the necessary information independently.

Understanding Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting is crucial for companies to comply with the Corporate Transparency Act and contribute to the broader goals of safeguarding the financial system. By providing accurate and timely information, companies play a pivotal role in promoting transparency and preventing illicit financial activities. Stay informed, be aware of reporting deadlines, and utilize the resources provided by FinCEN to ensure a smooth and compliant reporting process.

The information provided in this blog is intended solely for informational purposes. While we strive to offer accurate and up-to-date content, it should not be considered legal or financial advice. Immigration laws and both legal and financial regulations are subject to change, and individual circumstances can vary widely. For personalized guidance and advice regarding your specific situation, we strongly recommend consulting with a qualified immigration attorney or a CPA who can provide you with tailored assistance and ensure compliance with current regulations.

Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally-based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in four different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.

Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and high-growth enterprises.

At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of U.S. and Canadian immigration, SBA loans, and others.

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