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Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Currency Transaction Report

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AGENCY:

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Department of the Treasury.

ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) invites comment on the proposed extension, without change, of the Currency Transaction Report (CTR), FinCEN Form 104. This request for comments is being made pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A).

DATES:

Written comments are welcome and must be received on or before September 25, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments should be submitted to: Office of Chief Counsel, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Department of the Treasury, P.O. Box 39, Vienna, VA 22183, Attention: PRA Comments—CTR Form. Comments also may be submitted by electronic mail to the following Internet address: regcomments@fincen.gov, again with a caption, in the body of the text, “Attention: PRA Comments—CTR Form.”

Inspection of comments. Comments may be inspected, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., in the FinCEN reading room in Washington, DC. Persons wishing to inspect the comments submitted must request an appointment by telephoning (202) 354-6400 (not a toll-free number).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Regulatory Policy and Programs Division, at (800) 949-2732.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: Currency Transaction Report (CTR).

OMB Number: 1506-0004.

Form Number: FinCEN Form 104.

Abstract: The statute generally referred to as the “Bank Secrecy Act,” Titles I and II of Public Law 91-508, as amended, codified at 12 U.S.C. 1829b, 12 U.S.C. 1951-1959, and 31 U.S.C. 5311-5332, authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, inter alia, to require financial institutions to keep records and file reports that are determined to have a high degree of usefulness in criminal, tax, and regulatory investigations or proceedings, or in the conduct of intelligence or counter-intelligence activities, to protect against international terrorism, and to implement counter-money laundering programs and compliance procedures.[1] Regulations implementing Title II of the Bank Secrecy Act appear at 31 CFR Part 103. The authority of the Secretary to administer the Bank Secrecy Act has Start Printed Page 42720been delegated to the Director of FinCEN.

Section 5313(a) of the Bank Secrecy Act authorizes the Secretary to issue regulations that require a report when “a domestic financial institution is involved in a transaction for the payment, receipt, or transfer of United States coins or currency (or other monetary instruments the Secretary of the Treasury prescribes), in an amount, denomination, or amount and denomination, or under circumstances the Secretary prescribes.” Regulations implementing section 5313(a) are found at 31 CFR 103.22. In general, the regulations require the reporting of transactions in currency to, by, or through a financial institution in excess of $10,000 by or on behalf of any one person in any one business day. Financial institutions, as defined in 31 CFR 103.11(n), are subject to the currency transaction reporting requirement. The Currency Transaction Report, FinCEN Form 104, is the form that financial institutions (other than casinos) use to comply with the currency transaction reporting requirements.

Action: This is an extension, without change, of a currently approved collection. A copy of the Currency Transaction Report, FinCEN Form 104, may be obtained from the FinCEN Web site at http://www.fincen.gov/​forms/​fin104_​ctr.pdf, or by calling (800) 949-2732 and selecting option 5.

Type of Review: Regular review of a currently approved information collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit and non-profit institutions.

Frequency: As required.

Estimated Burden: Reporting average of 20 minutes per response. Form recordkeeping average of five (5) minutes per response, for a total of 25 minutes.

Estimated number of respondents: 54,524.

Estimated Total Annual Responses: 15,090,000.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 6,287,500.

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. Records required to be retained pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act must be retained for five years.

Request for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

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Dated: July 20, 2006.

Robert W. Werner,

Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

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Footnotes

1.  Language expanding the scope of the Bank Secrecy Act to intelligence or counter-intelligence activities to protect against international terrorism was added by Section 358 of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001, Pub. L. 107-56.

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[FR Doc. E6-12045 Filed 7-26-06; 8:45 am]

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