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How to File BOI Report of Your US Company to FinCen ?

February 2, 20244 minute read
File BOI Report
File BOI Report
File BOI Report

Understanding your legal obligations and ensuring compliance with financial regulations are essential to managing a company in the United States. One such requirement for certain U.S. companies is the submission of a Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) report to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). This guide provides a step-by-step approach to filing your BOI report efficiently and accurately.

Introduction

The BOI report is a crucial document for financial transparency, designed to thwart illegal activities like money laundering and financial fraud by providing information about the beneficial owners of U.S. companies.

Why is the Corporate Transparency Act important? Well, it imposes penalties for non-compliance, making it crucial for companies to understand and comply with the requirements. Congress enacted the act on January 1, 2021, but the reporting requirement will begin on January 1, 2024. So, currently, you can’t file reports yet, but it’s important to start preparing for it.

Gather Required Information

Before you begin the filing process, collect all necessary information, including:

  • Company identification details (such as EIN, address, and incorporation documents)
  • Names and personal details of all beneficial owners
  • Percentages of ownership or control exercised by these individuals

Access the FinCen BSA E-Filing System

  1. Navigate to the FinCEN BSA E-Filing System.
  2. If you do not have an account, register for one by clicking on “Become a BSA E-Filer.”

Select the BOI Report Form

Identify and select the appropriate form for filing the BOI report, which can be found within the e-filing system.

Complete the BOI Report Form

Provide detailed information for each section of the form:

  • Report Information: Indicate the initial or corrected report and provide the appropriate period.
  • Filer Information: Input company details such as name, DBA, EIN, and contact information.
  • Beneficial Owner Information: Furnish personal information for each beneficial owner, including full name, date of birth, residential address, and Social Security Number (SSN) or passport number.

Take the time to provide thorough and precise information for every required field.

Review and Submit the BOI Report

Carefully review the report for any errors or omissions. Check that:

  • All entered information is accurate and complete.
  • The necessary supporting documentation is attached.
  • All beneficial owners have been declared.

Once the review is complete, submit the report through the system. Ensure you receive confirmation that the filing has been accepted.

Retain Proof of Filing

After submission, download and print a copy of the confirmation for your records. This serves as proof of compliance should it be required during any audits or legal inquiries.

Conclusion

Timely and accurate filing of the BOI report is vital for maintaining legal compliance and supporting efforts against financial crimes. By following these steps, you’ll assist in promoting transparency within the U.S. financial system.

At EasyFiling, we can help you with BOI reporting and compliance, ensuring timely and accurate filing of the BOI report. This will support efforts against financial crimes and promote transparency within the U.S. financial system. Staying informed about changes to filing requirements and maintaining proper records will help ensure that your company meets its reporting obligations without any hitches.

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FAQs

Who needs to file a BOI report?

US companies engaged in international financial transactions, such as receiving or sending funds abroad, need to file a BOI report to FinCEN.

How can I file the BOI report?

The BOI report can be filed electronically through the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) E-Filing System provided by FinCEN.

What happens if I fail to file the BOI report?

Failure to file the BOI report or filing it late can result in penalties and fines imposed by FinCEN, so it’s important to meet the filing requirements in a timely manner.

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