Get Started on your Beneficial Ownership Information Report

As part of the Corporate Transparency Act, a new federal mandate requires that businesses file a Beneficial Ownership Information Report to avoid criminal and civil penalties. We can help you to file in a compliant and stress-free way. Starts at $99.

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Why use StartGlobal to file a Beneficial Ownership Information Report?

Navigating a new law with civil and criminal penalties, such as imprisonment and fines, can be overwhelming. Our seamless and precise report filing eliminates concerns and ensures compliance effortlessly.

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Get compliant

Fulfill the Corporate Transparency Act mandate with our support. We handle the submission of data regarding your business's owners or controllers to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

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Make things easier

Ease the burden of navigating a new federal law by using our swift and straightforward filing service. We guarantee compliance with all Corporate Transparency Act specifications.

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File with confidence

Rest assured with our precise, compliant submission. We cover all FinCEN and law-required information, providing confirmation once the report is completed for added assurance.

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One time BOI Filing

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What’s Included?

  • Data collection for BOI Filing
  • Ownership information for all owners
  • Due diligence and Preparation of Report
  • finCEN filing
  • Fully digital filing and report

Full LLC Maintenance

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What’s Included?

  • Everything in BOI Filing
  • Annual Registered Agent
  • State Annual Reports
  • Bookkeeping
  • Federal Tax Filing

What is Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting?

You are required to file identifying information about the individuals who directly or indirectly own or control your company with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network in order to satisfy requirements under the Corporate Transparency Act.

The Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Rule went into effect Jan. 1, 2024, and it’s important to understand this new law given the severity of criminal and civil penalties for failure to file, which include imprisonment and fines.

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How to complete the Beneficial Ownership Information Report in 3 easy steps

Correctly reporting the required information about those who own or control your business is key to avoiding serious civil and criminal penalties. We can help you easily and accurately meet those requirements.

  • Tell us about your beneficial owners

    Answer a few simple questions about the individuals who own or control your business so your report is personalized and accurate.

  • We create and file the report for you

    We’ll prepare a personalized report that satisfies the beneficial ownership information reporting requirement, and we’ll file it for you.

  • Receive confirmation of your filed report

    Once we file your personalized report with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), we’ll provide confirmation.

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Frequently asked questions

Every business entity registered with the Secretary of State must submit a Beneficial Ownership Information Report. This report furnishes details about individuals controlling or owning a business to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, meeting legal obligations outlined in the Corporate Transparency Act.

A beneficial owner is someone who either directly or indirectly: (1) possesses or oversees a minimum of 25% of your company’s ownership shares, or (2) wields significant control within your business. If uncertain, consulting with a lawyer in our legal network is recommended.

Instances of substantial control in Beneficial Ownership encompass:

  • A key decision-maker within the reporting company
  • A high-ranking executive (president, CEO, CFO, general counsel, COO, or equivalent)
  • An individual empowered to appoint or dismiss officers, directors, or a similar body within the company

The rule, part of the Corporate Transparency Act, necessitates the identification of individuals benefiting from a legal entity. It ensures transparency and aids federal efforts against financial crimes like money laundering, corruption, human and drug trafficking, tax fraud, and fraud against employees, customers, and other businesses.

Starting Jan. 1, 2024, Beneficial Ownership reporting is legally mandated by the Corporate Transparency Act. It aligns with the U.S. government's continuous efforts to deter individuals hiding or profiting from actions that cause harm.

To comply, a beneficial owner must furnish their legal name, birthdate, address, ownership percentage, and an approved ID image (e.g., passport or driver's license) including its issuing jurisdiction and ID number.

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network outlines 23 exempt business entities not categorized as reporting companies under this requirement. These include securities issuers, governmental authorities, banks, credit unions, depository institution holding companies, money services businesses, securities brokers, investment advisers, insurance companies, registered entities, accounting firms, public utilities, tax-exempt entities, and inactive entities, among others.

Tax-exempt entities meet any of these criteria:

  • IRS recognizes them as exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c) (including many nonprofits).
  • Lost tax-exempt status under the code within 180 days.
  • Qualify as political organizations per code section 527(a).
  • Classified as trusts under code section 4947(a).

The criteria encompass:

  • Falling under a federal regulatory regime.
  • Employing over 20 full-time workers in the U.S.
  • Garnering over $5 million in gross receipts or sales, excluding foreign receipts, on a previous year's IRS tax return.
  • Maintaining a physical operational presence in the U.S.
  • Being owned by an entity already exempt under the Corporate Transparency Act.
  • Receiving designation as exempt by the Secretary of the Treasury and the U.S. Attorney General.

Inactive entities, not required to report, must meet these criteria defined by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network:

  • Established before Jan. 1, 2020.
  • Not actively conducting business.
  • Not owned by foreign entities, residents, domestic partnerships, corporations, estates, or trusts.
  • Not transacted over $1,000 in the past year.
  • Possess no assets, including ownership of other entities, within or outside the U.S.

Exemptions from the beneficial owner definition under the Act cover:

  • Minors
  • Nominees, intermediaries, custodians, or agents representing others
  • Non-senior employee interests limited to employment
  • Sole inheritance-based interests
  • Contingent trust beneficiaries
  • Creditors seeking business debt recovery

Corporations and LLCs must disclose details of individuals owning or controlling a business to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, meeting Corporate Transparency Act obligations. This applies broadly to most business entities, barring specific exceptions.

The Corporate Transparency Act alters disclosure mandates for business owners' beneficial ownership details in the U.S. It mandates businesses to register and record individuals with a 25%+ ownership stake or significant control over the company.

This Act necessitates most reporting firms to submit data on each beneficial owner to FinCEN, under the U.S. Treasury. FinCEN manages a database housing information on documented beneficial owners from reporting entities.

LLC members, considered beneficial owners, must file a new report with federal agencies, furnishing basic company and owner contact details. Single or multiple-member LLCs fall under this requirement, necessitating identification of all potential beneficial owners in the Beneficial Ownership Information Report, including their specifics.

Business alterations in owners or controlling members, or their data, mandate updated beneficial ownership reporting. Instances include a minor member reaching adulthood or a shift to tax-exempt status. Correcting initial errors or amending formation documents also requires an updated report. Businesses get 30 days post-change or amendment to file this updated Beneficial Ownership Information Report.