The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) represents a significant shift in how small businesses and LLC owners report and manage their business information. As part of a broader effort to combat financial crimes, the CTA mandates the reporting of beneficial ownership information to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) as of 2024. Understanding and complying with these requirements are crucial for businesses to avoid penalties and remain in good standing. Lawvex is at the forefront of guiding businesses through this new regulatory landscape with expert legal advice and compliance services.


The CTA aims to improve transparency in the ownership structures of businesses to deter illegal activities. It requires certain companies to report detailed information about their beneficial owners — those who own or control significant aspects of the business — to FinCEN. This legislation targets shell companies and similar entities used for money laundering, tax evasion, and other illicit activities, but it has broad implications for many legitimate small businesses and LLCs.

Who Needs To Comply?

The CTA applies to most small businesses and LLCs not otherwise exempt. Key criteria include:

  • Businesses that operate in the U.S. or are registered to do business in the U.S.
  • Exclusions apply to entities such as certain trusts, banks, credit unions, and companies already subject to specific regulatory oversight.

Lawvex can help determine if your business falls under these requirements and guide you through the compliance process.

Id Beneficial Owners and Company Applicants

A beneficial owner is defined as any individual who directly or indirectly exercises substantial control over the company or owns at least 25% of the company’s interests. The CTA also introduces the concept of a “company applicant” — the person(s) who files the application to create or register the business entity. Identifying these individuals is a crucial first step in compliance, requiring a thorough understanding of your business’s ownership and control structure.

Reporting Requirements and Deadlines

Businesses must submit detailed information about their beneficial owners and, in some cases, their company applicants, including:

  • Full Legal Names
  • Addresses
  • DOB
  • ID Numbers

Lawvex can help determine if your business falls under these requirements and guide you through the compliance process.

Failure to comply by designated deadlines can lead to significant penalties, including fines and possible imprisonment for willful non-compliance. Lawvex can assist with gathering this information, completing the necessary filings, and ensuring that your business meets all reporting deadlines.

Navigating Fincen & The CTA with lawvex

Lawvex offers a comprehensive suite of services to ensure your business navigates the CTA and FinCEN requirements smoothly. Our team will assess your business to determine your specific obligations under the CTA, as well as help to identify beneficial owners and company members. Once this is done, we will prepare and submit all necessary reports to FinCEN on your behalf.