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New Requirements for LLCs to Register with FinCEN: What You Need to Know

The landscape of business operations in the United States underwent a substantial transformation with the introduction of the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 (CTA). Among the pivotal changes brought about by this legislation is the mandate for numerous Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) to register with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). This regulatory adjustment is strategically crafted to combat money laundering and other financial crimes, aiming to make it more challenging for wrongdoers to conceal their ownership of businesses.

Who is Affected?

The newly instituted FinCEN registration requirements are applicable to LLCs that meet the following criteria:

1. Formed on or after January 1, 2024
2. Registered to conduct business in the United States on or after January 1, 2024
3. Formed or registered before January 1, 2024, with a revised deadline of December 31, 2024, for compliance

Certain exemptions exist, primarily for LLCs formed or registered solely for the purpose of holding passive investments in U.S. real estate. For a comprehensive list of exemptions, interested parties can refer to the FinCEN website.

What Information Must Be Reported?

LLCs subject to FinCEN registration must provide the following information:

1. The name of the LLC
2. The business address of the LLC
3. The filing date of the LLC’s formation document
4. The name, date of birth, address, and FinCEN identifier (if any) of each beneficial owner of the LLC

A beneficial owner is defined as any individual who owns or controls 25% or more of the ownership interests in the LLC or otherwise exercises substantial control over the LLC.

How to Register with FinCEN

LLCs can easily fulfill their FinCEN registration obligations through the electronic registration portal on the FinCEN website. The process is streamlined and can be completed within minutes.

Penalties for Non-Compliance

Failure to register with FinCEN can result in significant consequences for LLCs, including civil penalties of up to $10,000 per day. Additionally, FinCEN reserves the right to pursue other enforcement actions, such as obtaining a court order to compel registration.

Benefits of Registration

Despite the initial perception of inconvenience, there are several potential benefits to complying with the FinCEN registration requirements:

1. Increased Transparency: Public access to information about the beneficial owners of LLCs can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities.
2. Enhanced Access to Financial Services: Some financial institutions may be more inclined to engage with LLCs that are registered with FinCEN.
3. Reduced Risk of Fraud: Registration with FinCEN can fortify LLCs against fraud by making it more arduous for criminals to pilfer identities or assets.


The FinCEN registration requirements signify a noteworthy shift for LLCs. However, by comprehending these requirements and proactively adhering to them, businesses can not only safeguard themselves but also potentially enhance their standing in the business landscape.

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*Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Please consult with an attorney to discuss your specific situation.*