On Oct. 22, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives, in a 249 to 173 vote, passed H.R. 2513, known as the “Corporate Transparency Act of 2019.” The Corporate Transparency Act, if enacted into law, would require each person who creates a corporation or limited liability company in the United States to report, on an ongoing basis, to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) the identities of the “beneficial owners” of the U.S. Company. The Bill generally defines “beneficial owner” as a natural person who, directly or indirectly:
- exercises substantial control over a U.S. Company;
- owns 25% or more of the equity interest of a U.S. Company; or
- receives substantial economic benefits from the assets of a U.S. Company.