The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently published the Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Small Entity Compliance Guide to assist small businesses with the upcoming reporting rules from the Corporate Transparency Act.
Page 4, Chart 2 – Reporting Company Exemptions of the guide includes #15, “accounting firms.” AICPA indicated in a recent meeting that the information is misleading. Large firms and public accounting firms registered under the Sarbanes Oxley Act will be exempt from the BOI reporting rules. However, generally, all other accounting firms are not exempt and do need to file a BOI report. Take a look at other exemptions, just in case.
AICPA appealed to FinCEN back in 2021 that CPA firms should have a blanket exemption to the requirement because CPA firms licensed or certified by state boards of accountancy already provide ownership information to the states. This effort was unsuccessful.
Unless Congress takes action to delay, entities required to report will do so on or after Jan. 1, 2024.