Ramifications related to COVID-19 have spread far and wide. They range from only “essential business” remaining open to how we buy groceries and other goods to an extension for filing taxes with the IRS. On Thursday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a press release that included information regarding Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) and Form CRS.
The key takeaway is that the compliance date for Reg BI and the requirement to file and begin delivering Form CRS remain UNCHANGED. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton stated, “we believe that the June 30, 2020 compliance date for Reg BI and other requirements, including the requirement to file and begin delivering Form CRS, remains appropriate.”
Firms need to continue to make good faith efforts to help ensure compliance by June 30, 2020. If you are experiencing disruption due to COVID-19, which would include compliance with national, state, and local health and safety directives, you are encouraged to engage with the SEC. Clayton continues to say, “I expect that the Commission and the staff will take the firm-specific effects of such unforeseen circumstances (and related operational constraints and resource needs) into account in our examination and enforcement efforts.”
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