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Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Reporting Rule

Understanding the New BOI Reporting Rule: What Small Business Owners Need to Know

In an ever-evolving financial landscape, staying informed about the latest regulations is crucial for small business owners. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has recently introduced a new rule that requires businesses to report certain beneficial ownership information. Whether you’re an existing business owner or considering starting your own venture, it’s essential to grasp the implications of this rule and how it might affect your operations.

What is the BOI Reporting Rule?

The Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Reporting Rule is aimed at enhancing transparency and preventing financial crimes. It mandates that certain small businesses collect and report information about their beneficial owners to FinCEN. This information includes names, dates of birth, addresses, and other details that help authorities identify those with a significant stake in the business. The rule primarily targets businesses like limited liability companies (LLCs) and corporations.

Beginning January 1, 2024, new businesses will be required to report their beneficial owner information (BOI) electronically to FinCEN.

For existing businesses that were registered prior to January 1, 2024, they will have until January 1, 2025 to complete their BOI registration.

Businesses can register with the federal government at boiefiling.fincen.gov.

Some businesses are exempt from the beneficial ownership information reporting requirements. These entities include publicly traded companies meeting specified requirements, many nonprofits, and certain large operating companies.

Why is the BOI Reporting Rule Important for Small Businesses?

Understanding the BOI Reporting Rule is essential for several reasons:

  1. Compliance: To avoid hefty penalties, it’s crucial for businesses to stay compliant with this new regulation. Non-compliance can result in fines and legal consequences.
  2. Enhanced Transparency: This rule aims to curb money laundering, fraud, and other illicit activities by making it harder for individuals to hide their involvement in businesses.
  3. Legal Consequences: Failure to adhere to the BOI Reporting Rule could lead to financial and reputational damage for your business.

Resources to Learn More:

To help businesses better understand their obligations under the BOI Reporting Rule, FinCEN has provided these resources over the past few months:

Take Action Today:

Small business owners should be proactive in understanding and complying with the BOI Reporting Rule. To learn more about how this rule affects your business and to ensure your compliance, don’t hesitate to reach out to an expert like VP of Business Services, Terri Rhoades.

Contact Terri Rhoades at trhoades@soopercu.org or (720) 826-6038 for more information.

Terri is well-versed in the new BOI Reporting Rule and can provide you with personalized guidance and support to help you navigate this regulatory landscape.

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