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FinCEN releases final rule on beneficial ownership reporting

Financial Crimes Department of Treasury FinCEN Beneficial Ownership Corporate Transparency Act Of Interest to Non-US Persons Agency Rule-Making & Guidance

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On September 29, FinCEN issued a final rule establishing a beneficial ownership information reporting requirement, pursuant to the bipartisan Corporate Transparency Act. According to FinCEN, the final rule will require most corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities created in or registered to do business in the U.S. to report information about their beneficial owners to FinCEN. FinCEN noted that the final rule is designed to protect national security and strengthen the integrity and transparency of the U.S. financial system. FinCEN also released a Fact Sheet clarifying the final rule. The final rule is effective January 1, 2024. 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. Once the initial report has been filed, both existing and new reporting companies will have to file updates within 30 days of a change in their beneficial ownership information, according to FinCEN. The same day, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen released a statement, noting that the final rule is “a major step forward in giving law enforcement, national security agencies, and other partners the information they need to crack down on criminals, corrupt individuals, and other bad actors who seek to take advantage of America’s financial system for illicit purposes.”