Corporate Transparency Act – FinCEN Issues Final Rule for Beneficial Ownership Reporting

October 2022
Region: Americas

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA) became law on January 1, 2021, after a congressional override of then-President Trump’s veto. The NDAA included significant reforms to the U.S. anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism regime. Division F of the NDAA consists of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020, which includes the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). Congress enacted the CTA to establish uniform beneficial ownership information reporting requirements to improve transparency for national security, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies in their efforts to detect and prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.

On September 29, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued regulations regarding the beneficial ownership reporting requirements. The final rulemaking is effective January 1, 2024. Reporting companies created or registered before January 1, 2024, will have one year (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.

In our recent insight, Corporate Transparency Act: FinCEN Issues Final Rule for Beneficial Ownership Reporting, we detail the background of the CTA, what it requires, penalties for non-compliance, and how reported information may be used.