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New Small Business Reporting Requirements for 2024

Navigating the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) in 2024: What Small Businesses Need to Know

Did you know that there are new small business reporting requirements? Small business owners are gearing up for more than just the usual year-end tasks and tax prep. With the implementation of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) on the horizon, there's a new compliance requirement looming over the horizon. This legislation, born out of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020, seeks to shine a light on illicit activities such as money laundering and the use of shell companies. But what does this mean for the countless small businesses across the country? Let's delve into the details.

Understanding the CTA: Key Requirements and Implications

The CTA casts a wide net, impacting an estimated 30 million small businesses across various industries. Its primary objective is to create a federal database containing information provided by "reporting companies," which will then be accessible to designated authorities and organizations. But what exactly constitutes a reporting company? Essentially, any business entity with twenty or fewer employees that is formed by filing paperwork with the Secretary of State or equivalent official falls under this category.

Compliance Deadlines and Reporting Obligations

Effective January 1, 2024, small businesses covered by the CTA will be required to disclose information about the company, its beneficial owners, and in some cases, the company applicant. Reporting deadlines vary based on the date of company creation or registration, ranging from January 1, 2025, for existing entities to 30 days after creation or registration for those formed after January 1, 2025. Failure to comply with these reporting requirements can result in steep civil and criminal penalties, including fines and imprisonment.

Navigating the Complexities with Expert Guidance

As the compliance landscape continues to evolve, navigating the intricacies of the CTA can be a daunting task for small business owners. Terms like "beneficial owner" and "substantial control" may seem ambiguous, and the stakes for noncompliance are high. That's where we come in. Our team at Vick Law, P.C. is here to provide the guidance and support you need to ensure your business stays on the right side of the law.

Take Action Now to Ensure Compliance

With the clock ticking down to the CTA's implementation, there's no time to waste. Whether you're unsure if the CTA applies to your business or need assistance with reporting requirements, we're here to help. Reach out to Vick Law, P.C. today to start developing a comprehensive CTA compliance strategy tailored to your business needs.

Don't let the complexities of compliance weigh you down. Contact us now and let's navigate the path to compliance together.

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References

1. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, Pub. L. No. 116-283, 134 Stat. 3388 (Jan. 1, 2021).
2. Press Release, U.S. Dep’t of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, FinCEN Issues Proposed Rule
for Beneficial Ownership Reporting to Counter Illicit Finance and Increase Transparency (Dec. 7, 2021),
https://www.fincen.gov/news/news-releases/fincen-issues-proposed-rule-beneficial-ownership-reporting-
counter-illicit.

3. National Small Bus. Ass’n, The Corporate Transparency Act, https://www.nsba.biz/cta (last visited June 27, 2023).
4. U.S. Treasury’s Final “Beneficial Ownership” Rule’s Impact Explained, NFIB (Oct. 19, 2022),
https://www.nfib.com/content/analysis/national/u-s-treasurys-final-beneficial-ownership-rules-impact-
explained/.

5. Beneficial Ownership Information Access and Safeguards, and Use of FinCEN Identifiers for Entities, 87 Fed. Reg.
77404 (proposed Dec. 16, 2022).
6. Dave LaChance, Small business group sues over federal ownership database, cites concerns over sharing ‘sensitive’
info, Repairer Driven News (Nov. 17, 2022), https://www.repairerdrivennews.com/2022/11/17/small-business-
group-sues-over-federal-ownership-database-cites-concerns-over-sharing-sensitive-info/
.

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