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What kind of businesses need to file a BOI Report?

What kind of businesses need to file a BOI Report?


Starting in 2024, FinCEN’s new beneficial ownership reporting requirements will take effect. While most corporations, LLCs, and limited partnerships will likely need to file a BOI report, some business structures are exempt.

Determining if your business qualifies as a “reporting company” can be confusing. FileForms has compiled some information that provides an overview of the types of entities and industries that will likely need to report – and the key exemptions that apply.

Our goal is that you’ll walk away with a better idea of if and how your business may need to comply with these new transparency requirements.

Different Types of Reporting Entities

The rule defines “reporting companies” that must submit BOI reports. Reporting companies include:

Domestic Reporting Companies

  • Corporations
  • Limited liability companies (LLCs)
  • Any entities created by filing formation documents with a secretary of state

This means many types of entities formed under state law will likely qualify, like:

  • Limited liability partnerships
  • Limited partnerships
  • Limited liability limited partnerships
  • Business trusts

Foreign Reporting Companies

This includes any foreign-formed entity that registers to do business in the U.S. by filing documents with a secretary of state, including:

  • Foreign corporations
  • Foreign LLCs

Exempt Entities

Twenty-three types of entities are exempt from being considered reporting companies. Some examples of these include:

  • Publicly traded companies
  • Financial institutions like banks and credit unions
  • Insurance companies
  • Non-profits

FinCEN can also exempt other types of companies it determines do not need to report.

Industries that Will Likely Need to Report

Most newly formed or registered  companies in the following industries will likely qualify as reporting companies:

  • Retail: Small and medium-sized retailers like boutiques, restaurants, or specialty stores formed as LLCs or corporations.
  • Professional Services: Law firms, accounting practices, consulting firms, and other service businesses organized as corporations or LLCs.
  • Real Estate: Most newly formed real estate development, management, and investment companies.
  • Construction: General contractors, subcontractors, and specialty trade contractors organized as limited partnerships or LLCs.
  • Technology: Early-stage startups and app developers formed as LLCs or C-corps.
  • Wholesale Trade: Distributors, importers, and exporters formed as limited partnerships, corporations, or LLCs.

Need Help Filing a BOI Report for Your Business?

Your work keeps you busy enough. You don’t have time to waste learning new regulations, and mistakes in filing can cost you time and resources. If your business needs to file a BOI report, it’s critical that the job gets done right.

There is an easy solution that doesn’t require hiring an expensive specialist. FileForms is here to help you.

By offering a streamlined procedure for assembling entity ownership information and supporting documentation, our BOI filing platform establishes the standard for the industry. With our easy-to-use platform, you can file BOI reports more quickly and with less effort. For simple and effective filing that saves you time and money, select FileForms.

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FileForms Editorial Team

FileForms Editorial Team

Federal regulations now require 35 million business owners to file Beneficial Ownership Reports in 2024. FileForms gives business owners peace of mind while saving time, filing accurately, and maintaining compliance so you remain focused on the important everyday demands of your business.

File your government-required reports today!