Outsourcing and AML compliance

Accountants in the UK are increasingly outsourcing detailed bookkeeping, accountancy and payroll work – taking advantage of lower staff costs overseas. But what are the implications for the AML compliance requirements on the UK based firm?

20 years of MLR for accountants

20 years ago, on 1 March 2004, the Money Laundering Regulations 2003 came into force. Maybe we should celebrate the anniversary with a cake!
This article briefly highlights some key steps in the evolution of the MLR over 20 years.

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What’s the worst that can happen?

I’m often asked, “What’s the worst that can happen if my firm does not comply with the money laundering regulations?” But instead let’s focus on fixing the problem – starting is the hardest part!

AML Compliance and accountancy sub-contractors

A question we are often asked is, ‘Do sub-contract accountants and bookkeepers have to register themselves separately for AML purposes as accountancy service providers?’

The danger of an old FWRA

Every accountant knows that you would not rely on old tax books to advise your clients. But you should not rely on old AML compliance documents either.

Handing over your file to the authorities

What should you do if the police or HMRC tell you they are going to obtain a court order requiring you to hand over your file relating to a specific client? And, perhaps even more importantly, what should you NOT do?

How I can fix your AML compliance

Speaking at Accountex North in Manchester I described how I could solve your AML problems in just one day

What I didn’t say at Accountex

My answers to some frequently asked questions relating to electronic ID checks, AML compliance software and CDD on directors of client companies

What I said at Accountex Manchester 2023

David Winch spoke at Accountex Manchester on 19 September 2023 on the topic of AML Compliance. This article mentions the key points from that session.

Accountex Manchester 2023

David Winch will be speaking at Accountex Manchester on Tuesday 19 September 2023 on dealing with the AML supervisory bodies and pitfalls to be avoided.

AML Red Flags for accountants

Anti-money laundering training covers red flags, warning signs that money laundering may be occurring. But does the training get this right?

Is it good to be the MLRO?

Are you the MLRO in an accountancy practice? We can help you get your AML compliance sorted – before a supervisor calls!

Money Laundering Regulations support services

A dangerous little form

There is a dangerous little online form used by one of the AML supervisory bodies for UK accountants. It looks innocuous but an error can have serious consequences!

We have not filed any SARs

Will we get criticised by our Money Laundering supervisors if we have not made any Suspicious Activity Reports?

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