U.S. Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Requirement


RAM members are reminded of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s new beneficial ownership information reporting requirement.  Under the 2021 Corporate Transparency Act, companies doing business in the United States must now report certain information about the individuals who ultimately own or control them. 


Filing is simple, secure, and free of charge.  Companies that are required to comply (“reporting companies”) must file their initial reports by the following deadlines:

  • Existing companies: Reporting companies created or registered to do business in the United States before January 1, 2024 must file by January 1, 2025.
  • Newly created or registered companies: Reporting companies created or registered to do business in the United States in 2024 have 90 calendar days to file after receiving actual or public notice that their company’s creation or registration is effective.

Beneficial ownership information reporting is not an annual requirement. A report only needs to be submitted once, unless the filer needs to update or correct information. Generally, reporting companies must provide four pieces of information about each beneficial owner

  • name;
  • date of birth;
  • address; and
  • the identifying number and issuer from either a non-expired U.S. driver’s license, a non-expired U.S. passport, or a non-expired identification document issued by a State (including a U.S. territory or possession), local government, or Indian tribe. If none of those documents exist, a non-expired foreign passport can be used. An image of the document must also be submitted.

The company must also submit certain information about itself, such as its name(s) and address. In addition, reporting companies created on or after January 1, 2024, are required to submit information about the individuals who formed the company (“company applicants”).

For more information regarding this requirement, including educational videos and webinars, frequently asked questions, connecting to the contact center, and learning more about how to report, please click here .  Small businesses may also access the Treasury’s Small Entity Compliance Guide which walks them through the process in plain language.