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United States: Ownership Information for new businesses seek time!

Over the past years, the Global Consulting Market has booked year on year growth, although growth rates differ between the more mature markets and emerging economies. With a total value of around $250 billion, the Global Consulting Sector is one of the largest and most mature markets within the professional services industry.

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United States: Ownership Information for new businesses seek time!

With the new year comes the 1 January 2024 effective date of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), which will require approximately 32.6 million US entities to report beneficial ownership information (BOI) to the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (Fin CEN).


When must entities meet the CTA’s BOI Reporting Requirements?

Existing Entities: Reporting companies existing before 1 January 2024 must file their initial reports regarding Beneficial owners under the CTA with Fin CEN by 1 January 2025.

New Entities: Reporting companies formed after 1 January 2024 and before 1 January 2025 must file initial reports regarding Company Applicants within 90 days of formation or registration under the Proposed Regulations. Reporting companies formed after 1 January 2025 will only have 30 days to report this information.

Changes in BOI: Changes in beneficial ownership must also be reported within 30 days of the change.


What entities are affected by the CTA?

Domestic Reporting Companies: A domestic Reporting Company is a corporation, LLC, or an entity that is created by the filing of a document with a Secretary of a US State or any similar office under the law of a State or Indian Tribe.

Foreign Reporting Companies: A foreign Reporting Company is a corporation, LLC, or other entity formed under the law of a foreign country and registered to do business in any State or tribal jurisdiction by the filing of a document with a secretary of state or any similar office under the law of a State or Indian Tribe.


Are any entities exempt from the reporting obligations?

Yes, there are 23 exemptions.


Nonetheless, a Reporting Company must report its own Beneficial Owners, even where a Beneficial Owner is an exempt entity. The Reporting Company must report either the names of the individuals who control directly or indirectly the exempt entity or the exempt entity itself.


What is the test for beneficial ownership?

Beneficial Owners include any and all individuals who directly or indirectly (i) own or control at least 25% of the ownership interests and/or (ii) exercise substantial control over the Reporting Company.


What must be reported?

The CTA and the Final Regulations require that the Reporting Company disclose specific information about itself, its Beneficial Owners and its Company Applicant. The Fin CEN identifier is a unique identifying number that Fin CEN will issue to individuals or Reporting Companies upon request starting in 2024.


What is the penalty for failure to comply?

The CTA imposes civil penalties of up to USD 500 per day or criminal penalties of up to maximum of USD 10,000 and/or possible imprisonment of up to two years.


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Collated and Compiled by the internal staff of Karma Global with the knowledge and expertise that they possess, besides adaptation, illustration, derivation, transformation, collection and auto generation for its monthly newsletter Issue 18 of December 2023 and in case of specific or general information or compliance updates for that matter, kindly reach out to the Marketing Team – kush@karmamgmt.com / yashika@karmamgmt.com

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