FinCEN GTO

FinCEN GTO Update

CATIC Title has received notice that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will be renewing the Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) in an effort to identify money laundering schemes involving purchases of real estate. This new order is effective May 5, 2021 until October 31, 2021. You can find a copy of the order here .

Key Takeaways for the new GTO:

  • The GTO reporting requirements apply to:
    • Purchases of residential real property in, inter alia:
      • The Boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, or Manhattan in New York City, New York;
      • Suffolk or Middlesex Counties, Massachusetts; or
      • Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach Counties, Florida;
    • By Legal Entities only – purchases by U.S. publicly-traded companies, individuals, and trusts do not need to be reported;
    • Purchase price is $300,000 or more;
    • Purchase is made without a bank loan or other similar form of external financing; and
    • The purchase is made, at least in part, using currency or a cashier’s check, certified check, traveler’s check, personal check, business check, money order in any form, funds transfer, or virtual currency
  • The terms of the renewed GTO are NOT confidential

During the effective period, you are expected to comply with the terms of the order, including requirements to collect certain information and report said information to FinCEN and CATIC Title. 

CATIC Title has provided a number of resources to assist you in the process. These tools include:

It is important to note that failure to comply with this order may result in civil and/or criminal penalties.

Should you have any questions, please contact Steve Maggiola, CATIC Title’s Senior Vice President & Counsel, at SMaggiola@catictitle.com.

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