UK companies may very well be uncovered to higher dangers of cash laundering below new proposals being put ahead by the UK authorities, warns the Affiliation of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
Plans being thought-about in a new session issued by HM Treasury embrace utilizing a single personal firm to police anti-money laundering (AML) guidelines for accountants and legal professionals who work with companies to guard them towards monetary crime.
At present, accountants comply with strict legal guidelines on cash laundering. Their compliance with these laws is checked and overseen by specialist skilled physique supervisors, making certain companies are protected against financial crime. The Nationwide Crime Company estimates that the sum of money laundered within the UK may very well be between £36 billion and £90 billion.
The comparatively unknown session is contemplating proposals to consolidate AML supervision to only one physique, probably a single personal firm, to supervise the entire accountancy career. AAT has warned that this might trigger monumental disruption, expose companies to cash laundering danger, and weaken AML oversight throughout the nation.
Adam Harper, Director of Skilled Requirements and Coverage at AAT, warned: “AAT members and different accountants have to fulfill strict anti-money laundering laws to make sure their shoppers should not in danger. Among the authorities’s new proposals, together with plans to create a non-public physique to police cash laundering guidelines for all skilled companies, might probably open the floodgates to organised criminals searching for to launder cash within the UK.
“The present system, while not excellent, ensures that every career meets anti-money laundering guidelines that are tailor-made to their particular professions. Dramatically shifting to a brand new mannequin, as set out in a number of the Treasury’s plans, might lose that specialist know-how and weaken the anti-money laundering system that’s in place.
“We’re urging the Treasury to strengthen the present system fairly than try to dismantle and rebuild the entire AML regime, which brings with it main dangers for the UK’s small and medium sized companies, who make up the spine of UK plc.”