Monday, December 11, 2023

Twice as nice: double good news for bankers

The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs passed the SAFER Banking Act today, which protects financial institutions that provide banking and financial services to cannabis-related businesses.

The vote marked the first time the Senate, in any form, has voted in favor of either the SAFER Banking Act, or its predecessor, the SAFE Banking Act. While there are still several more hurdles to move past – passage will be needed in both the full Senate and House – it marks momentum in the banking industry’s efforts.

Meanwhile, The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network announced today its intention to extend the reporting deadline for certain filers of Beneficial Ownership Information Reports.

FinCEN is proposing to amend its final BOI Reporting Rule to provide 90 days for reporting companies created or registered in 2024 to file their initial reports, instead of 30 days. The proposed rule would not make any other changes to the final BOI Reporting Rule: Reporting companies created or registered before Jan. 1, 2024, would have until Jan. 1, 2025, to file their initial BOI reports with FinCEN, and entities created or registered on or after Jan. 1, 2025, would have 30 days to file their initial BOI reports.

You can click here to read the entire release from FinCEN.