In today’s post, we’re diving into a crucial topic for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Cobb County, GA, especially those in underserved communities: the new Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) Reporting regulation that came into effect in 2024. This regulation marks a significant shift in how businesses report their ownership information, and it’s essential to understand its implications.

Why Does Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Exist?

The BOI Reporting requirement was introduced to increase transparency in business operations and ownership. Its primary goals are:

  • Combating Financial Crimes: By making ownership information readily available, it becomes harder for individuals to use business entities for money laundering, tax evasion, and other illicit activities.
  • Promoting Business Integrity: This transparency ensures a level playing field in the business world, fostering trust among investors, customers, and partners.
  • Supporting Legal and Regulatory Compliance: It aids in ensuring businesses are compliant with international and domestic regulations.

Who Needs to Report?

If you’re starting a new business or running an existing one, it’s crucial to understand whether this regulation applies to you. Generally, the BOI Reporting requirement is applicable to:

  • Corporations
  • Limited liability companies (LLCs)
  • Other entities that are created by filing a document with a secretary of state or similar office

How to Report Your Beneficial Ownership Information

Reporting your BOI is not as daunting as it might seem. Here are the steps to ensure compliance:

  • Identify Beneficial Owners: These are individuals who directly or indirectly own or control a significant percentage of the company (usually 25% or more).
  • Collect Required Information: This includes full legal names, dates of birth, addresses, and unique identifying numbers from government-issued documents (like a passport or driver’s license).
  • Submit the Information: The reporting is done through an online portal set up by the relevant regulatory body.

Staying Compliant

It’s not just about the initial reporting. You must update this information:

  • If there is a change in beneficial ownership.
  • On an annual basis to confirm or update the information.

Where to Register and Report

The official website for BOI Reporting is the key resource for submitting and updating your beneficial ownership information. You can access the portal, find detailed instructions, and ensure your business stays compliant by visiting:

Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Portal

Note: This link will take you to the official government website for BOI Reporting.


Understanding and complying with the Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting is crucial for your business’s legal integrity and operational transparency. At CCBB, we are committed to guiding and supporting our local business community through these regulatory landscapes.

For more information, assistance, and resources tailored to Cobb County’s business owners and entrepreneurs, stay connected with us at Cobb County Business Bootcamp. Together, we can navigate these new waters and continue to thrive in our vibrant business community.

Disclaimer: This blog provides general information and does not constitute legal advice. For specific legal advice, please consult a professional.