Skip to main content

In a sweeping move that directly impacts entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small businesses, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced a substantial increase in civil monetary penalties for violations related to Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) reporting. This development is part of the annual final rule issued by FinCEN, signifying a crucial shift in regulatory measures affecting the business landscape.

Effective Jan. 25, the penalties for BOI reporting violations and unauthorized disclosure or use of BOI have surged from $500 to $591 per day. This considerable increase, mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, P.L. 101-410, as amended, underscores the government’s commitment to cracking down on financial crimes, especially in the wake of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) becoming law in 2021.

Entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small businesses, already navigating the challenges of the business world, now face heightened financial consequences for non-compliance. The penalties, established in 2021 alongside the enactment of the CTA, have been published just now, as FinCEN’s regulations for the CTA recently became effective.

Starting Jan. 1, all companies created or registered to do business in the United States must report information about their beneficial owners to FinCEN, marking a crucial step in anti-money laundering initiatives. This development impacts many entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small businesses, necessitating swift adherence to the new reporting requirements.

FinCEN estimates a staggering 32.6 million BOI reports to be filed in 2024, with approximately 5 million initial reports expected annually after that. The penalties, adjusted using multipliers from 2022, 2023, and 2024, add a layer of complexity to compliance for businesses, underscoring the critical need for diligence in adhering to BOI reporting rules.

This final rule isn’t limited to BOI penalties alone; it also imposes increased penalties for ten other violations, encompassing willful or grossly negligent recordkeeping and willful violations of Bank Secrecy Act requirements. The broader regulatory landscape signals a firm stance against financial irregularities and emphasizes the importance of businesses, regardless of size, adopting stringent compliance measures.

Entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small businesses are urged to stay informed about these evolving regulations, as the penalties not only carry a financial burden but also impact the reputation and viability of companies in an increasingly regulated environment. As the business community grapples with these changes, we will continue to update this crucial and unfolding story.

Source ( Accounting Today News).