In mid June HMRC published the above paper, which went to some length to describe the activity of the HMRC supervisory team and publish various statistics. This contains some very interesting statistics and some serious areas for concern, especially in the accountancy service providers sector.
HMRC Announces important information for Money Service Businesses, High Value Dealers, Trust or Company Service Providers and Accountancy Service Providers who have failed to apply for Money Laundering Regulations Registration.
HMRC announce that a new late registration penalties policy has been introduced for Money Service Businesses, (MSBs) High Value Dealers, (HVDs) Trust or Company Service Providers, (TCSPs) and Accountancy Service Providers (ASPs).
Estate agents and certain consumer credit lenders must register under anti-money laundering regulations before 31 January 2010 to avoid breaking the law, the OFT warned today.
Steve O’Neill of Business Tax Centre has been chosen to be a part of HMRC’s supervisory forum for Trust and Company Service Providers. This is the second such forum organised by HMRC, the first being one for large money service businesses.
It is Business Tax Centre’s understanding that SAR’s are an individual’s obligations covered under the Proceeds of Crime Act and not covered under the Money Laundering Regulations which covers a ‘Firms’ obligations to put into place appropriate policies and procedures for the prevention, detection and reporting of suspicious activity, and not the actual SAR itself which has a subjective test and offences which are covered in PoCA.
HMRC has published its Code of Practice for supervisory purposes for visits to businesses under Money Laundering Regulations (COP28). This Code of Practice tells you what you can expect from HMRC Supervisory staff and what they expect of you when they visit your business under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.
Proposed amendments to key AML guidance in the UK were released on August 10th by the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG), a group of leading UK financial services trade associations that includes the British Bankers Association. JMLSG guidance is seen as the standard for AML compliance.
The FSA has banned Cornwall mortgage broker Stephen Sanders for submitting at least three mortgage applications on behalf of customers which he knew contained false and misleading income information.
If you are in business as an Accountancy Service Provider and are required to register with HMRC or an approved professional body under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 you are trading illegally if you missed the deadline of 1 January 2009 and may be liable to a penalty or criminal prosecution.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has today fined Sindicatum Holdings Limited (SHL) £49,000 and its money laundering reporting officer (MLRO), Michael Wheelhouse, £17,500 for not having adequate anti-money laundering systems and controls in place for verifying and recording clients’ identities. This is the first time the FSA has fined a money laundering reporting officer.