The Corporate Transparency Act of 2020 will require corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and similar entities formed or registered to do business in the United States to report and verify the identity of their beneficial owners.

Covered entities will need to file a report with FinCEN – the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network – at the time of their formation. Covered entities formed before the regulations issue will have less than two years to file an initial report. Covered entities must amend their reports within one year of any change in their beneficial ownership.

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The mission of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is to safeguard the financial system from illicit use, combat money laundering and its related crimes including terrorism, and promote national security through the strategic use of financial authorities and the collection, analysis, and dissemination of financial intelligence. The Corporate Transparency Act of 2020 obligates all U.S. businesses to file a beneficial ownership report that identifies their owners.

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