Federal Beneficial Ownership Reporting Now Available



Federal Beneficial Ownership Reporting Now Available

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State is reaching out to make you aware of new federal reporting requirements that may require your business to report beneficial ownership information (BOI) to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Treasury.

FinCEN is now accepting beneficial ownership information reports through their BOI E-Filing System. You can report here: boiefiling.fincen.gov/

NOTE: This is a free filing that companies can complete themselves. Be wary of official-looking mail from a third-party company offering to complete the beneficial ownership information reporting on behalf of your company for a fee. See below* for more information on mail solicitations, or visit: www.sos.state.mn.us/business-liens/mail-solicitations/

Reporting beneficial ownership is a federal requirement and is not administered by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Questions regarding reporting requirements should be directed to FinCEN

Do I Need to Report?

Most businesses in Minnesota are small businesses that may need to file. Your company may need to report information about its beneficial owners if it is:

  1. A corporation, a limited liability company (LLC), or was otherwise created in the United States by filing a document with a secretary of state or any similar office under the law of a state or Indian tribe; or
  2. A foreign company and was registered to do business in any U.S. state or Indian tribe by such a filing.

There are 23 types of entities that are exempt from the beneficial ownership information reporting requirements. FinCEN's Small Entity Compliance Guide includes checklists for each of the 23 exemptions that may help determine whether your company qualifies for an exemption. 

How Do I Report?

Reporting companies can report beneficial ownership information electronically through FinCEN's BOI E-Filing System: boiefiling.fincen.gov/

When Do I Report?

BOI reporting is now available. Reports began being accepted on January 1, 2024.

  • If your company was created or registered before January 1, 2024, you will have until January 1, 2025, to report BOI.
  • If your company is created or registered on or after January 1, 2024, you must report BOI within 90 days of notice of creation or registration. Beginning in 2025, that reporting window is 30 days.
  • Any updates or corrections to beneficial ownership information that you previously filed with FinCEN must be submitted within 30 days.

For more information, visit FinCEN's website, view FinCEN's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), or contact FinCEN.

*What You Should Know About Mail Solicitations

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State has become aware of mailers sent out to Minnesota businesses that misrepresent our fees for filings such as annual renewals for entities.

Business owners in Minnesota have reported receiving official-looking mail from third-party companies implying that they must pay a fee to complete filings for business renewals or to comply with reporting requirements. Be wary of this mail, as many of the filings can be completed through our office for free or at a lower cost than what is being offered.

You can view the actual fees associated with various filings handled by our office here.

The Minnesota Secretary of State's Office will never send renewal notices or correspondence by mail. Our office will only send annual courtesy emails about renewing your business.

If you are unsure if an official-looking mailer is legitimate, please contact our office before sending any payment or personal information.

Metro Area: 651-296-2803

Greater MN: 1-877-551-6767

Email: business.services@state.mn.us

For more information on mail solicitations, visit: www.sos.state.mn.us/business-liens/mail-solicitations/  

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