Small Business Alert – FinCEN series #3 | Reporting Requirements for Small Businesses under the Corporate Transparency Act

March 14, 2024

As small businesses gear up for the implementation of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) in January 2024, it’s crucial to grasp the reporting requirements outlined in this legislation. The CTA aims to enhance transparency and combat illicit activities like tax fraud and money laundering by mandating reporting companies to submit detailed Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) reports to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Let’s delve into what every small business needs to know about these reporting obligations.

Understanding the Reporting Mandate

Under the CTA, reporting companies are obligated to submit BOI reports to FinCEN, disclosing information about beneficial owners associated with the business. Beneficial owners are individuals with a significant ownership stake or substantial control over the reporting company, including those who own at least 25% of its shares or exert similar influence over its equity.

Information to Include in BOI Reports

The details required in BOI reports vary based on the establishment date of the reporting company. For businesses registered or established post-January 1, 2024, the report must include information about the business, its beneficial owners, and company applicants, if applicable. This information encompasses names, addresses, birthdays, identification numbers (e.g., license or passport numbers), and jurisdiction of relevant documents.

Additionally, reporting companies must provide their legal name, trademarks, current U.S. address (main business site or operational location for foreign-based entities), taxpayer identification number, and jurisdiction of formation or registration.

Ongoing Reporting and Updates

While the initial filing is essential, small businesses must be vigilant about updating their BOI reports in response to any changes. This includes updates within 30 days for alterations such as changes in beneficial owner addresses, legal name changes due to marriage or divorce, acquisition of new identification documents, operational modifications, or shifts in authority delegation.

Filing Deadlines and Process

Reporting companies must adhere to specific deadlines for filing their initial BOI reports. The timeline varies depending on the establishment date of the business, starting at 90 days but reducing to 30 days from the notice or public announcement of formation. Domestic reporting companies and foreign reporting companies registered to conduct business in the U.S. are both subject to these reporting requirements.

Seeking Professional Assistance

Navigating the requirements of the CTA can be complex, and small business owners are encouraged to seek guidance from knowledgeable advisors such as attorneys or accountants. These professionals can assist in accurately completing and timely filing BOI reports, ensuring compliance with FinCEN’s standards and minimizing the risk of errors or omissions.


As the implementation of the Corporate Transparency Act approaches, small businesses must familiarize themselves with the reporting requirements to ensure compliance and avoid potential penalties. By understanding the reporting mandate, information to include in BOI reports, ongoing reporting obligations, filing deadlines, and seeking professional assistance when needed, small business owners can navigate this regulatory landscape effectively. Compliance with the CTA is essential not only for regulatory adherence but also for maintaining the integrity of small business operations in the United States.

Don’t wait until the last minute to ensure compliance with the Corporate Transparency Act. Call us today and ask for your Free FinCEN introductory call or Zoom session with one of our experienced attorneys. During this session, we will briefly explain FinCEN, discuss reporting requirements, delve into the concept of beneficial owners, and demonstrate how Lawvex can serve as your corporate counsel to ensure constant compliance. Take proactive steps to protect your small business and uphold regulatory standards. Contact us now to schedule your introductory session.