FinCEN finalizes beneficial ownership rule, reporting requirements

Treasury Department

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) finalized its beneficial ownership rule, which will require certain reporting companies to file basic information with the agency about who controls their finances.

The submitted information will be contained in a beneficial ownership registry overseen by FinCEN, a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department, that will likely be accessible to law enforcement, financial institutions, and other “authorized users” but not the public.

The final rule, scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Friday and take effect Jan. 1, 2024, will require reporting companies (both foreign and domestic) that file incorporation paperwork with secretaries of state or tribal authorities to also file beneficial ownership information with FinCEN.

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