Hello and welcome back to the Cobb County Business Bootcamp (CCBB) Blog!

Today, we’re addressing a crucial aspect of the new Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Reporting regulation that might be easy to overlook – the impact on Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) established in previous years. This regulation isn’t just for new businesses; it has significant implications for existing LLCs as well.

The Scope of BOI Reporting for Established LLCs

The BOI Reporting requirements apply not only to newly formed entities but also to existing ones, including LLCs that have been around for years. This means if you have an LLC that was created before the regulation came into effect in 2024, you’re not exempt from compliance.

Why It Matters for Older LLCs

  1. Legal Compliance: Failing to report could lead to penalties or legal complications.
  2. Transparency and Trust: Accurate reporting reflects well on your business ethics and practices.
  3. Updated Records: It ensures that the information on file with the government is current and accurate.

Steps to Ensure Compliance for Your Existing LLC

1. Review Your LLC Information

  • Ownership Records: Check who the beneficial owners of your LLC are. Remember, these are individuals who own or control 25% or more of the company, either directly or indirectly.
  • Existing Documentation: Gather existing documents that might already have some of this information.

2. Gather Necessary Information

  • For each beneficial owner, you’ll need their full legal name, date of birth, address, and an identification number (like from a driver’s license or passport).

3. Submit or Update Your Information

  • Even if you think the government already has this information, you need to submit it through the official BOI Reporting portal.
  • If there have been changes in ownership or control since your LLC was formed, these need to be reported.

4. Set Up a Compliance Schedule

  • Annual Reviews: Make it a habit to review and update this information annually.
  • Change-Based Updates: If there’s a change in ownership or control, update your information as soon as possible.

5. Seek Professional Advice if Needed

  • If you’re unsure about the process or your specific situation, it’s wise to consult with a legal or financial advisor.

Common Pitfalls to Avoid

  • Assuming You’re Exempt: Just because your LLC was formed years ago doesn’t mean you’re exempt.
  • Incomplete Information: Submitting partial or inaccurate information can be as problematic as not submitting at all.
  • Missing Deadlines: Keep track of submission deadlines to avoid penalties.


For Cobb County entrepreneurs with LLCs that have been in existence for years, it’s crucial to pay attention to the BOI Reporting requirements. Compliance is key, not just for legal reasons, but also for maintaining the integrity and trustworthiness of your business.

Stay informed and proactive about your reporting responsibilities. And remember, the CCBB is here to support you through workshops, resources, and guidance tailored to our local business community.