Reg A+ SEC Reporting Obligations (part 1)

Regulation A+ offers great fundraising chances for companies, but understanding SEC reporting obligations might be confusing sometimes.

This guide highlights the key forms, deadlines, and compliance measures associated with Tier 1 and Tier 2 offerings. Essential info to empower you to navigate the landscape of SEC reporting obligations for Reg A+ with more clarity.

No more deciphering cryptic acronyms or wrestling with mountains of paperwork. We’ll demystify Forms 1-K, 1-SA, and 1-U, providing a clear roadmap for accurate and timely filings. Whether you’re a budding Tier 1 startup or a seasoned Tier 2 company seeking expansion, this guide equips you with the knowledge and tools to build investor trust, ensure regulatory compliance, and unlock the full potential of your RegA+ offering.

Ready to step into a world of informed decision-making? In this article you’ll discover:

  • A comprehensive breakdown of essential SEC reporting forms for Tier 1 and Tier 2 offerings.
  • Clear explanations of filing deadlines and compliance requirements.
  • Practical tips and best practices for optimizing your RegA+ reporting strategy.
  • Insights about investor trust and transparency through effective reporting.

Keep reading and join us on the first part of this journey.


Reg A+ SEC Reporting obligations

With all the talk about Regulation A+, we often overlook what a company (Issuer) must comply with in order to use the regulation. There are a number of  mandatory requirements that an Issuer must comply with when using Regulation A+ (RegA+).

RegA+ reporting requirements entail periodic and ongoing reporting for companies that have conducted offerings under RegA+ of the Securities Act of 1933. These requirements differ depending on whether a company has completed a Tier 1 or Tier 2 offering under RegA+.

Here are the general reporting requirements for RegA+:


Tier 1 Offerings

  • Companies that conduct Tier 1 offerings (up to $20 million within a 12-month period) are subject to fewer ongoing reporting requirements.


  • Following the offering, Tier 1 issuers must file a Form 1-Z exit report within 30 days after the offering is terminated or completed. This form includes information on the termination or completion of the offering and the proceeds received.


  • It should be noted that there have been zero (0) companies using this Tier.


Tier 2 Offerings

Companies conducting Tier 2 offerings (up to $75 million within a 12-month period) are subject to more extensive ongoing reporting requirements.

General reporting requirements 
Form 1-K (Annual Report): Tier 2 issuers are required to file an annual report on Form 1-K within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year covered by the report. Includes: audited financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A), information about the issuer’s business operations, and other disclosures.
Form 1-SA (Semiannual and Quarterly Reports): Tier 2 issuers must file semiannual reports on Form 1-SA within 90 days after the end of the first six months of the issuer’s fiscal year. Quarterly reports on Form 1-SA are not required.
Current Event Reports: Tier 2 issuers must also submit certain “current event” reports on Form 1-U to report specified events promptly, such as fundamental changes, changes in control, or bankruptcy proceedings.

These reporting obligations aim to provide investors with timely and relevant information about the issuer’s financial condition, business operations, and material events that could impact their investment decisions.

It’s essential for companies that have conducted Regulation A+ offerings to comply with these reporting requirements to maintain regulatory compliance and transparency with investors.

Additionally, the specific reporting requirements and deadlines may vary, and companies should ensure they adhere to the regulations outlined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). To help in this process is important to seek guidance from legal and financial professionals to navigate these obligations effectively.

SEC Reporting Requirements – Form 1-A

SEC Form 1-A is an offering statement that companies use to register certain securities offerings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Regulation A of the Securities Act of 1933. Regulation A offers an exemption from full SEC registration requirements and allows smaller companies to offer and sell securities to the public without going through the traditional and more extensive registration process.


Form 1-A consists of three distinct parts, each serving a specific purpose:

  • Part I – Notification: This section includes basic information about the issuer, the type of securities being offered, and the intended use of proceeds from the offering. It provides an overview of the offering and the company’s business operations.


  • Part II – Offering Circular: This section contains the detailed disclosure document, often referred to as the offering circular. The offering circular includes comprehensive information about the company, its management, business operations, financial statements, risks, intended use of proceeds, and other material information relevant to potential investors. It is similar to a simplified prospectus and aims to provide investors with enough information to make informed investment decisions.


  • Part III – Exhibits: This part includes various exhibits and additional documents that support the information provided in Parts I and II. It may include financial statements, legal agreements, consents, and other relevant documents that help to substantiate the disclosures made in the offering circular.


Companies planning to offer and sell securities to the public under Regulation A must file Form 1-A electronically through the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system. After the SEC reviews and qualifies the offering statement, the company can proceed with the public offering.

Form 1-A filings are subject to SEC review and comments, similar to the registration process for larger offerings. However, Regulation A offerings generally have less stringent disclosure requirements compared to traditional registered offerings, allowing smaller companies to access the capital markets more easily.

It’s important to note that Form 1-A is specifically tailored for Regulation A offerings and differs from other SEC forms used for different types of offerings and securities registrations. Companies seeking to conduct Regulation A offerings should work closely with legal and financial professionals to ensure compliance with SEC regulations and to prepare the required disclosures accurately and effectively.

Today, we’ve wrapped up the first part of our journey into SEC reporting obligations under Regulation A+. We’ve covered some crucial points regarding REG A+ SEC reporting obligations. So, what’s next?  In the upcoming article, we’ll dive deeper into the intricacies of these reporting requirements. We’ll help you navigate the waters of Regulation A+ and gain a better understanding of its implications for companies.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

The Importance of Private Capital for Female Founders

It’s no secret that women face unique challenges when starting and running a business, with women-led startups only receiving 2.3% of VC funding in 2020. From a lack of access to capital to the prevalence of bias in the business world, female entrepreneurs have a lot stacked against them. However, thanks to women’s movements and the push for further diversity in the workplace, more people are beginning to realize just how important it is to support women in business. With the rise of private capital raising through JOBS Act regulations, we are begging to close this gap.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the disparity in capital raised between male- and female-founded startups and explore some possible solutions.

Female-Led Private Capital

The lack of private capital for female-founded startups is a problem. Though women are starting to receive more capital funding, it is still disproportionately lower than male-founded companies. There are many reasons why this is the case. Still, one major factor could be that women tend to found smaller companies with more minor funding needs or investors who want to invest in specific industries where women are under-represented.

The Disparity in Capital Raised

When it comes to startup funding, female founders are at a disadvantage. In 2021, $456.6 million was invested in startups through crowdfunding. Of that total, female founders received 19.3%, and non-female founding teams received 80.7%. Everyday investors funded female founders 9x more than traditional VC funding in the same year, which poses a great opportunity for women raising capital through methods like RegA+ and RegCF.

One reason for this disparity is that fewer women-founded startups are raising capital. This is partly because women are still underrepresented in entrepreneurship. It will take time for them to catch up to their male counterparts. Another reason is that some investors might prefer to invest in specific sectors where women are still underrepresented. Or, it could be because sectors where women run businesses may have fewer funding needs.

Whatever the reasons for the disparity, it is clear that female-founded startups receive less funding than their male counterparts. This is a problem that needs to be addressed to promote equality in the startup world.

Improved Capital Raising Techniques

However, the online private market is challenging VC’s biases and progressing towards a more equitable funding model. Crowdfunding is one example of this, as it allows female-founded startups to raise capital from a wider pool of investors.

This is one of several ways to overcome the discrepancy between how much capital is raised by male-founded startups and female-founded startups. Another is to increase the number of women-led businesses by providing support and resources specifically for female entrepreneurs. This deficit is also overcome by investing more into industries that women are highly represented in or investing in getting more women into predominantly male-run industries.

We’ve looked at the disparity in capital raised by male- and female-founded startups, and we need to continue raising awareness and encouraging people to invest in female-founded businesses. With enough support, we can move closer towards an equal playing field for all entrepreneurs.

Reg A+ Webinar: The Highlights

In our last webinar, we’ve talked about a very complex topic in the startup industry: The Regulation A+.

For those of you who have never heard of it (no shame in learning, folks), Regulation A+, or Reg A, is a section of the JOBS Act that allows private companies to raise up to $ 50 Million while offering shares to the general public.

This can have a profound impact on how startups work. Unfortunately, there’s still a great deal of confusion surrounding the topic.

That’s why we brought in Sara Hanks, a top attorney with over 30 years experience in the corporate and securities field and Founder of CrowdCheck, and Darren Marble, Co-Founder and CEO of Issuance, with extensive experience in the capital raising process.

Here are some highlights of the discussion:

Sara Hanks: Regulation A+ is a popular name for a series of amendments to existing laws there were made in 2015. The Regulation A was an exemption for full regulation with the SEC, that permits a company to make a public offering, without the restrictions on the security being sold, but not to go through the full SEC process. So it’s an exemption for a public offering.

And that’s important because it’s public, the securities that are sold are not restricted, they can be free traded, if you can find a place for them to trade, you can trade them immediately, after the qualification of the offering. The companies who can use Reg A are U.S. or Canadian companies.

Darren Marble: The most interesting question to me is what companies are ideal candidates to use the Reg A Securities exemption as a capital raising tool. And just because you might be eligible to do a Reg A offer doesn’t mean you should. You know, if there’s a cliff that’s 50 feet above the ocean and you’re on that cliff, and you can see the ocean, doesn’t mean you should dive in. You probably need to be a professional diver.

I say that you don’t choose Reg A, Reg A chooses you. And what I mean by that is I think the Reg A exemption discriminates in that aspect. They will save a very particular type of issuer and it will punish or harm another type of issuer.

We also talked about:
– Marketing strategies that need to be considered for a Reg A+
– Who qualifies for it?
– What are the benefits?
– What does the Due Diligence look like?
– What liability is there for the issuer?
– What liability is there for any who promotes the offering?

To watch the full webinar, click here.

You can also watch the full version of our previous webinars:

Digital Securities Webinar

Marketing Your Raise Webinar