Beneficial Ownership Legislation Proposal

In March 2014 the White House announced a legislative proposal to help law enforcement investigate the use of shell companies that are set up to engage in illegal activity. The President’s proposal would require all companies formed in any state to obtain a federal tax employee identification number. This proposal would require the Internal Revenue Service to collect information on the beneficial owner of any legal entity organized in any state, and would allow law enforcement to access that information.

In addition, the proposal would permit the IRS to share beneficial ownership information with law enforcement officials to identify and investigate criminals who form and misuse U.S. corporate structures to launder criminal proceeds and finance terrorism through the international banking system.

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