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Deciphering the Corporate Transparency Act: Insights for Milford Business Owners as Year-End Approaches

  • By Steven Rubin
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  • Posted December 8, 2023

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) is poised to bring transformative changes to the U.S. business landscape, with a spotlight on corporate beneficial ownership reporting. This initiative represents a significant advancement in U.S. anti-money laundering measures since the USA Patriot Act of 2001. But what does this mean for your small business or estate plan?

Understanding the CTA's Reach

The CTA requires exhaustive reporting of beneficial ownership for domestic and international companies. You must reveal specific personal information if your business operates within the U.S. or is an overseas entity conducting business stateside. However, there are exemptions for certain entities.

Key Dates to Remember

For businesses established post-Jan. 1, 2024, the reporting obligation kicks in immediately. For those in existence before this date, the deadline extends to Jan. 1, 2025. While certain facets of this legislation are still being worked out, no formal postponement has been declared as of now. We provide trust administration services in Connecticut and beyond.

Determining Entities Subject to Reporting

Primarily, entities "established through a filing with a secretary of state or analogous office" are encompassed by this. While trusts are predominantly exempt, entities they own are not. Additionally, 23 distinct entity categories, such as SEC-registered issuers, are excluded.

Information Mandates

Entities will be required to disclose:

  • Names, birthdates, addresses, and distinct identifiers of all individuals recognized as "company applicants" or "beneficial owners."
  • The identity of individuals overseeing company establishment or registration filings.
  • The term "beneficial ownership" is interpreted expansively, encompassing those wielding "substantial control" or holding a minimum of 25% of a company's ownership.

Consequences for Non-Adherence

Failure to comply results in a daily fine of $500, capping at $10,000. Even if it stems from intentional oversight, deliberate non-compliance can culminate in a two-year imprisonment.

Prioritize Preparedness

Even though the full ramifications of the CTA come into play on Jan. 1, 2024, proactive preparation is crucial. Implementing transparent processes and maintaining meticulous records can shield against potential complications. In business, being informed isn't merely empowering; it's a safeguard.

Our Milford Trust Attorneys are Your Ally in Navigating the CTA

If you possess a registered entity or are a beneficial owner, potentially as a component of your estate plan, you might face filing requirements with FINCEN in the forthcoming year. It's important to stay informed to avoid unwarranted penalties.

While the effects of the CTA on those with entities in their estate plans remain somewhat ambiguous, our team of Milford trust attorneys is closely monitoring developments. We will post updates as we receive them. For questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 203-877-7511.

Contact our trust and estate planning lawyers located in Milford and Harford, Connecticut.