Understanding Beneficial Ownership Reporting for Self-Employed Speech-Language Pathologists

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As a self-employed speech-language pathologist (SLP) in private practice, it is essential to stay updated on the various regulations and requirements imposed by the government. One such requirement is the Beneficial Ownership Report. In this blog post, we will break down the implementation of this report, starting from its purpose and significance to the filing process, and the consequences of non-compliance.

1. Government’s Reason for Implementation:

The government has implemented the Beneficial Ownership Report (BOR) requirement to improve transparency and combat money laundering, terrorism financing, and other financial crimes. The report is designed to identify the individuals who ultimately own or control a business entity, with the aim of preventing illicit activities in the financial system.

2. Understanding the Beneficial Ownership Report:

A beneficial owner is an individual who directly or indirectly owns or controls at least 25% of the business entity or exercises substantial control over the entity. The BOR is a mechanism to gather information about these individuals for the purpose of maintaining a comprehensive record.

3. Filing the Report:

To file the Beneficial Ownership Report, follow these general steps:

a. Gather Required Information: Collect the necessary details, including names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers or passport numbers, and ownership information, for all owners who meet the threshold of at least 25% ownership or control.

b. Complete the FinCEN Form 107: The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has designated Form 107 as the appropriate document for submitting the Beneficial Ownership Report. Carefully fill in the required fields and ensure accuracy.

c. Submit the Report: Once the form is completed, file it electronically through FinCEN’s secure BSA E-Filing system. Ensure that all relevant details are entered correctly before submitting the form.

Starting from January 1, 2024, reports will be accepted.

4. Consequences of Non-Compliance:

Failure to comply with the Beneficial Ownership Report requirements may have serious repercussions, including:

  • Civil Penalties: Non-compliance can result in substantial monetary penalties imposed by regulatory authorities. The penalties vary depending on the severity and duration of non-compliance.
  • Legal Consequences: Continued non-compliance may lead to criminal charges, fines, and even imprisonment. Understanding the seriousness of this requirement and ensuring timely compliance is crucial.
  • Reputational Damage: Non-compliance can negatively impact your professional reputation and the trust of your clients. Compliance demonstrates your commitment to ethical practices and financial transparency, enhancing your credibility.

As a self-employed speech-language pathologist, understanding and fulfilling your obligations towards the Beneficial Ownership Report is crucial. By complying with this requirement, you contribute to the prevention of financial crimes and help maintain a transparent financial system. Remember to gather the necessary information, complete the FinCEN Form 107 accurately, and file the report promptly to avoid potential consequences. Stay informed and compliant to protect your practice and maintain trust among your clients and stakeholders.

Learn more about the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting (BOI) via their Frequently Asked Questions.

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