Navigating the Corporate Transparency Act: A Primer for Small Businesses

Business regulation is always changing. The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) is a big shift, especially for small and family-owned businesses.

It is designed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The CTA mandates the disclosure of beneficial ownership. This requirement could have big effects for businesses used to privacy.

This guide covers what small businesses need to know about the CTA. It offers insights and advice to navigate this new regulation.

Understanding the Corporate Transparency Act

At its core, the CTA aims to strip away anonymity. It often protects businesses. 

It targets small entities like LLCs and family-owned corporations. Contrary to its name, the Act is not just for big corporate players. 

It is for smaller ventures that might not immediately realize their compliance duties.

Who's Affected?

The reach of the CTA is broad, encapsulating closely held businesses and trusts with ownership interests in such entities. 

It requires these organizations to report ownership info to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The goal is to show who really owns and benefits from these businesses.

Disclosure Requirements

Businesses under the CTA will need to report details. They must report on individuals with substantial control over the company. 

This includes those with at least 25% ownership. 

This means not just the names and addresses of these individuals but also any changes in ownership or control. 

While the intent is to maintain the confidentiality of this information, the requirement marks a significant shift towards transparency.

Practical Implications for Small Businesses

For small business owners, the CTA introduces a layer of reporting that was previously absent. 

The Act is...broad

This means many businesses that used to operate under the radar will now need to disclose detailed information about their ownership. 

This can be hard for businesses in trusts or with complex ownership.

Preparing for Compliance

With the CTA set to take effect, businesses must take proactive steps to understand their obligations. 

This includes identifying if they fall under the Act. If so, they must gather the needed information for compliance. 

Given the evolving nature of the CTA's implementation, staying informed and seeking legal advice is crucial.

How CPMT Can Help

At Cohen Pollock Merlin Turner (CPMT), we see the challenges of the Corporate Transparency Act for small businesses. Our team can guide you through the compliance process. 

We will ensure that you meet your reporting duties without revealing your beneficial owners. Our approach is based on a deep understanding of the law and the realities of running a business. 

This lets us offer practical, tailored advice.


The Corporate Transparency Act is a big change for small businesses. It adds new reporting requirements. The requirements are designed to enhance corporate transparency. The implementation date is approaching. 

Understanding these duties and preparing for them will be key to following the rules. At CPMT, we're here to support your business through this change. 

We'll provide the expertise and guidance you need to navigate these new regulations well.

Small businesses are just starting the journey to comply with the Corporate Transparency Act. 

By understanding the Act's rules and seeking legal help, businesses can stay on the right side of this new framework.