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What is Currency Transaction Report (CTR)?

A Currency Transaction Report (CTR) is a financial document required by financial institutions (FIs) and authorities, including the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in the U.S. A CTR is a record of a transaction involving currency in excess of $10,000 in a single business day, by a single individual or entity, which can be an indicator of illicit activity. CTRs are essential for monitoring financial activities, detecting money laundering, and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Challenges and Common Causes:

  • Evasion and Structuring: Individuals may engage in a practice called structuring where they attempt to evade CTR requirements by breaking down large transactions into smaller ones
  • False Reporting: FIs may unintentionally or deliberately file inaccurate CTRs
  • Volume and Data Management: The high volume of CTRs generated can be overwhelming for analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance: Staying compliant with evolving CTR regulations is an ongoing, sometimes challenging, effort

An example is when a customer deposits $12,000 into an account—this causes the bank to file a CTR. That CTR includes details of the transaction and the customer's information. In another scenario, an individual deliberately deposits $9,500 on multiple occasions within a short timeframe to avoid triggering a CTR (engages in structuring).

How does NICE Actimize help?

NICE Actimize helps FIs act quickly and report accurately to avoid fines and damage for non-compliance.​ Our CTR solution reduces manual intervention and error-prone processes, consolidates information across the enterprise, guides analyst actions, and automatically creates CTRs/MILs for electronic filing directly to the IRS.

Learn more about NICE Actimize's CTR Reporting Solutions

By leveraging NICE Actimize's CTR reporting solutions, financial institutions can proactively manage CTR compliance, identify potential money laundering activities, and uphold their regulatory responsibilities within the financial industry.

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