Beneficial Owner of an Account Law and Legal Definition

According to 31 CFR 103.175 [Title 31 -- Money And Finance: Treasury; Subtitle B -- Regulations Relating to Money and Finance; Chapter I -- Monetary Offices, Department of the Treasury; Part 103 -- Financial Recordkeeping and Reporting of Currency and Foreign Transactions; Subpart I -- Anti-Money Laundering Programs; Special Due Diligence for Correspondent Accounts and Private Banking Accounts], beneficial owner of an account means “an individual who has a level of control over, or entitlement to, the funds or assets in the account that, as a practical matter, enables the individual, directly or indirectly, to control, manage or direct the account. The ability to fund the account or the entitlement to the funds of the account alone, however, without any corresponding authority to control, manage or direct the account (such as in the case of a minor child beneficiary), does not cause the individual to be a beneficial owner.”