HMRC has confirmed it is investigating 153 suspected ‘enablers of tax evasion’, including both regulated and unregulated tax advisers.
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. 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.
The UK’s supervisory approach to compliance of obliged entities to the Money Laundering Regulations were branded “woefully inadequate” and are failing to block “corrupt money” and terrorist funds, an anti-corruption body has warned.
The Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB) has published a useful guidance document reminding accounting service providers (oblige practitioners) of the importance of safe-guarding against money laundering.
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 […]
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officers will shortly begin a programme of telephoning businesses registered with, and supervised by HMRC under the Money Laundering Regulations (MLR).
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 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 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.