As part of its review of the Money Laundering Regulations and in order to ensure its effective and proportionate implementation by businesses in the UK, the Treasury has reviewed the risk of money laundering and terrorist finance with HMRC and the Institute of Licensed Trade Stock Auditors.
As a result the Treasury has announced that stocktakers who do not carry out bookkeeping or other accountancy services will be exempt from the Money Laundering Regulations (MLR) 2007 from Saturday 1 October 2011.
This means that they will no longer need to register with HMRC.
This decision also supports the Government’s policy of reducing regulatory burdens on businesses.
HMRC continue to encourage stocktakers to be diligent and report suspicious activity to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). More information can be found at www.soca.gov.uk.
Stocktakers who offer bookkeeping or other accountancy services will stay on HMRC’s register.
From Monday 3 October 2011 HMRC will be writing to the stocktaking businesses already registered with them to give the opportunity to de-register for MLR.
If you do not receive a letter from HMRC but wish to deregister, you should write to the registration team to let them know. Your letter should include details of your registration number and the reason you wish to deregister.
The address for applications to deregister is:
MLR Registration Team
7th Floor Central
Southend on Sea