HMRC & Supervisory Issues

AML Compliance: European Union Blacklist for Tax Havens

MEPs have called for a tightening of the rules on which countries are added or removed from the blacklist and indicated that UK overseas territories such as the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Jersey and Guernsey are among those which should be added to an EU tax havens blacklist after the conclusion of the Brexit deal,

Money Laundering Regulations Breaches

Money Laundering Regulations Breaches. For professional firms that provide defined services, the regulations require their anti-money laundering systems and controls meet the UK’s anti-money laundering regime’s requirements. The regulations require these firms to ensure that relevant employees are kept aware of the firms’ policies, controls and procedures and are accountable for their actions.

Government announces a new crackdown on corrupt professionals who help criminals

Lawyers, couriers and accountants could be jailed if they turn a blind eye to criminal activity they profit from, under Home Office plans. It wants to see a new offence of “participation in an organised crime group” to target those with reason to suspect they are part of an illegal enterprise. This offence is not […]

OFT fines Leicester-based estate agent almost twelve thousand pounds

The OFT, in its first formal Regulatory penalty, has fined Leicester-based IPS Estate Agents Limited £11,844 for failing to comply with anti-money laundering regulations. IPS failed to comply with a number of requirements under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007, including those relating to: verifying the identity of customers keeping appropriate records ensuring that relevant staff […]

United Kingdom and Isle of Man to sign enhanced tax information exchange agreement

United Kingdom and Isle of Man to sign enhanced tax information exchange agreement The Government is to sign a tax information sharing agreement with the Isle of Man which will provide HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) with a range of additional information about potentially taxable income in Manx bank accounts. This is part of a […]

The Government published its changes to the Money Laundering Regulations 2007

The Government today published its response to its consultation on changes to the Money Laundering Regulations 2007. Following this consultation the Government is now taking forward proposals to reduce the regulatory burden imposed by the current regulations, while strengthening the overall anti-money laundering regime.

Memorandum of Understanding between HMRC and the FSA for joint supervision

A Memorandum of Understanding between HMRC and the FSA was published on the FSA website on 1 June 2012. It’s about sharing information and joint visits. This will be of particular relevance to many money services businesses whom are supervised not just under the Money Laundering Regulations by HMRC but are also the FSA by […]