The final stage of the annual renewal process is your fiscal year end filings. As your investment adviser’s fiscal year end is December 31, your filing due dates are:
|Action Due Date
|File Form ADV Parts 1 & 2
|March 31, 2024
|Deliver or Offer Form ADV 2
|April 30, 2024
|File GAAP Balance Sheet
|April 30, 2024
|File Fund Audit (Private Fund Only)
|April 30, 2024
You are required to file an annual updating amendment.1 This is required even if there have been no changes since your last filing. In order to ensure that the Form ADV Part 1 has been updated properly, please ensure that you have passed the “Completeness Check” and “Submit Filing.”
If your firm conducts business at locations other than your principal office, the Securities Division requires that you also submit a Form BR listing these locations.2
You must confirm the accuracy of your current Form ADV Part 2 or file an updated version. You are required to update Form ADV Part 2 each year at the time you file your annual updating amendment if there are any changes. For example, if your assets under management have changed, you must update your Part 2. If there have been no changes, you must attest to the accuracy of your Part 2 in IARD by clicking on the “Brochure ID” to verify that the Brochure on file is up to date, select the “Confirm” radio button, and then click on “Save.”
If there have been material changes to your Form ADV Part 2, you are required to, without charge, annually deliver (or offer, in writing, to deliver upon written request) to each of your clients the Form ADV Part 2. This must include a summary of material changes. This delivery may be done electronically for those clients that have opted to receive communication from the investment adviser via electronic delivery in the investment advisory agreement. Please note that evidence of the annual offer or delivery must be maintained by the investment adviser.
Balance Sheet with Written Attestation
You are required annually to submit to the Securities Division the investment adviser’s balance sheet dated as of the last day of the most recent fiscal year. The balance sheet must be prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) with a written attestation that your balance sheet is true and complete to the best of your knowledge upon submission. This written attestation can be attached to your balance sheet or in the body of your email submission to the Division. Please see WAC 460-24A-170(5) for items that are excluded as assets for purposes of determining the investment adviser’s minimum financial requirement.
If your principal place of business is located in the State of Washington, your minimum financial requirements are as follows:
- If you have custody of client funds or securities, you must maintain at all times a net worth of at least $35,000;
- If you have discretion, you must maintain at all times a net worth of at least $10,000; or
- If you have neither discretion nor custody, you must maintain a positive net worth.3
Please note that the Securities Division may request your income statement, statement of cash flows, statement of owner’s equity, and trial balances to support or verify the information on the investment adviser’s balance sheet.
If you have custody, absent an exemption, your firm’s balance sheet will need to be audited by an independent certified public accountant and must include the accountant’s audit opinion.4
If you utilize a bond to meet your minimum financial requirement, please submit a copy of the bond renewal confirmation from the insurance company.
If your firm manages a private fund(s), you are required to submit a copy of the annual fund audit(s) within 120 days after the Fund’s fiscal year end.5
Electronic Financial Information Filing System (eFIN)
The Securities Division's electronic financial informationg filing system (eFin) is a portal for registered investment advisers to file the financial reporting documents required by WAC 460-24A-060 including balance sheets, surety bonds, fund audits, subordination agreements, and other related documents. Investment advisers file these documents in eFin instead of emailing them to the Securities Division. Instructions on how to use eFin were sent via email along with the Investment Adviser Renewal Notice. Please contact our Licensing team at (360) 902-8815 if you need your firm’s access code or need to file an amendment to your initial eFin submission. Alternatively, you may still send your financials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can access the eFin system using the Secure Access Washington (SAW) website found at https://secureaccess.wa.gov/myAccess/saw/select.do
Warning to Late and/or Non-Filers
Investment advisers who fail to file the required documents within the due dates following their fiscal year end can expect to be referred for administrative action, which may include suspension or revocation of your license(s) and fines.
No Longer in Business
If your firm is no longer intending on providing investment advisory services, please file a Form ADV-W to request withdrawal of your investment adviser registration. Instructions on filing Form ADV-W can be found here: https://www.iard.com/advw_instructions. The Securities Division must receive this document to properly close your investment adviser licensing file.
Resources and Contact Information
|Help & Training
|Form ADV Part 1
|Form ADV Part 2
|IARD Call Center
|Securities Division Information
|Pooled Investment Vehicles/Private Fund Advisers
Unless otherwise requested, the Securities Division does not send any renewal and filing notices via hard copy. We send communication via email and post notices on our website at www.dfi.wa.gov/investment-advisers.
If you have any questions or would like to receive hard copy notices, please contact us at IALicensing@dfi.wa.gov or (360) 902-8815.
1 Throughout the year, in general you must update Form ADV Part 1 within 30 days of when information becomes inaccurate. Please see WAC 460-24A-205 and http://www.sec.gov/about/forms/formadv-instructions.pdf for additional information.
2 Branch offices may include home offices or satellite offices. Form BR is filed through your firm’s account on the IARD system.