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Course description

“In an effort to both enhance regulatory efficiency and provide complete and accurate CTR data to law enforcement, we are clarifying the requirements of financial institutions reporting on currency transactions ….” (FinCEN Ruling FIN-2020-R001, February 10, 2020)

Translation: Your CTR filing is about to become more complex and time-consuming.

Law enforcement uses data from Currency Transaction Reports in its investigations of money laundering and other criminal activity. Unfortunately, law enforcement says it’s difficult to understand the nature and amounts of reported cash transactions using the data supplied following the current filing instructions. So FinCEN has made some changes, not in the information we collect for CTR filing, but in how we break that information down and report it.

In October 2019, FinCEN announced changes in the instructions for completing items 2 and 3 on the CTR. The effective date for the item 2 changes was later postponed, and the revised instructions for item 3 were revised again in November.

On February 10, 2020, FinCEN Administrative Ruling FIN-2020-R001 announced significant changes to the filing instructions for CTRs involving sole proprietorships and entities operating under DBA business names.

In this special one-hour presentation, John Burnett will discuss each of the changes in detail, providing you with the information you will need to file CTRs that are compliant with the revised instructions. Topics to be covered include—

  • Effective dates for each of the changes
  • Types of transactions affected
  • Item 2 and conductors in dual capacities
  • Using item 3 to report multiple transactions
  • Reporting involving sole proprietors
  • The “spousal joint sole proprietorship” footnote
  • Sole proprietorship TINs
  • Reporting multiple DBAs
  • Entities with multiple locations
  • Entities using DBA names
  • Which locations information to report


BSA officers and staff, auditors, compliance officers, front-line 


John Burnett

John Burnett is a 1979 alumnus of the ABA National Compliance School, and served on its faculty for several years. He graduated with honors with the Class of 1990 from ABA's Stonier Graduate School of Banking, and is also a graduate of the BAIs and the Massachusetts Banker Associations Schools of Banking.John began his banking career in high school when he started as a teller at a $15 million bank that didn't have account numbers for its checking accounts (he says they actually filed by signature!) He joined Cape Cod Bank and Trust Company in 1971 and assumed the position of Compliance Officer in 1976. He also served as corporate secretary and secretary of CCBT's Board of Directors, as well as Clerk of the bank's holding company. John joined Glia Group, Inc. and the team in June, 2004. He is a frequent presenter of BOL Learning Connect webinars, and at BOL Conferences events.He was a member of the Massachusetts Bankers Association Legal and Regulatory Compliance Committee, and a former member of the American Bankers Association Compliance Executive Committee and NCS/NGCS Advisory Board. He served on ABA's Truth in Savings Task Force as Regulation DD was being written, and has served on several ABA and Massachusetts Bankers seminar panels.

Course curriculum

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    • Access Webinar

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    • Materials

    • Slides

    • Questions and Answers


4 star rating

FinCEN’s new CTR instructions

Thomas Savino

thorough materials

thorough materials

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5 star rating

FinCEN’s new CTR instructions

Lindsey Atkinson

Very informative. I would like to see more webinars on CTRs. And also on exempting customers for CTRs.

Very informative. I would like to see more webinars on CTRs. And also on exempting customers for CTRs.

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