This topic has been sitting on my list since the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) proposed beneficial ownership reporting requirements for private companies back in December 2021. The final rules were adopted in October 2022 and I’m finally unpacking this doozy. The new FinCEN rules implement provisions of the Corporate Transparency Act which, in turn, has been law since October 2019. The regulations create new federal filing requirements applicable to a wide range of entities, including operating companies, holding companies, LLCs and others. The goal of the rule is to enhance FinCEN’s ability to protect national security and the financial system, by providing information that can be used by national security, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies.
Corporate Transparency Act of 2019
The Corporate Transparency Act requires small corporations and limited liability companies to disclose information about their beneficial owners. Under the Act, a beneficial owner is an individual who (i) exercises substantial control over