19/02/09 Increase in the Money Laundering annual registration fee

19/02/09 Increase in the Money Laundering annual registration fee

HMRC today announce an increase of the annual registration fee for businesses registered under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 to £120. The sectors affected are Money Service Businesses, High Value Dealers, Trust or Company Service Providers and Accountancy Service Providers.

The Money Laundering Regulations supervisory regime is run on a full cost recovery basis and the fees you pay cover the expense of running the operation. HMRC costs include registering new businesses, contacting and visiting businesses, running an effective risk system, maintaining the register and producing guidance and information for customers.

Introduced in 2002, the fee was initially set at £100, and was subsequently reduced to £60 from June 2003. There were no changes until 1 June 2007, when the fee was increased to £95; this level was maintained in 2008.

HMRC state that it is now necessary to increase the fee further in order to provide them with sufficient income to cover their costs over the next year. The cost of registration from 1 June 2009 will be £120 per premises.

If you are a registered Money Service Business, High Value Dealer, Trust or Company Service Provider or Accountancy Service Provider, you do not need to do anything now. Your next fee renewal notice (MLR 113) will be sent to you as normal and will be based on the new fee level.

Visit the BTC website for compliance help and support for firms in the regulated sector.