The Corporate Transparency Act: Extension of Deadlines

The Corporate Transparency Act is a law that has been developed to increase transparency inside the business world. This Act requires that companies disclose information about their beneficial owners, who are individuals with huge control or ownership in the company. In order to prevent issues, this Act would help give a clearer understanding on who is reporting. In order to clarify reporting rules, FinCEN has provided a published guideline on beneficial owners, potential fines, and reporting requirements. Those who are required to comply and choose not to may be left with a huge massive penalty or even jail time. This will impact entities across the U.S. and the individuals who own or control those entities. Learn on our previous blog how to know you would need to report or if you fall under their exemptions. 

Under the original Corporate Transparency Act regulations, new reporting firms founded on or after January 1, 2024, were required to file their FinCEN reports within 30 days of establishment under the original requirements of the Corporate Transparency Act. But under the proposed extension, corporations founded between January 1, 2024, and January 1, 2025, would have a total of 90 days to meet this deadline. However, it is anticipated that reporting companies that are created after January 1, 2025 will apply the prior 30-day deadline.

This extension may ease the burden of compliance for businesses that are in their early phases of establishment, giving them additional time to gather and submit the necessary data to be compliant. 

Reporting Requirements for Existing Companies:

The CTA allows reporting entities that existed before January 1, 2024 to file their FinCEN reports between January 1, 2024, and January 1, 2025. This adjustment phase helps businesses to catch up on reporting responsibilities and ensure compliance with new rules.

Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership:

One of the Corporate Transparency’s fundamental elements is the need that reporting firms reveal information about the persons who “beneficially own” the company. However, the link between reporting corporations and associated organizations might make it difficult to disclose beneficial ownership.