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Changes to PSC Information Filing Requirements

From 26 June details of PSC Information will no longer be updated on the confirmation statement (CS01). Instead, companies will need to inform Companies House on forms PSC01 to PSC09 whenever changes occur. Companies will have a 14-day window in which to update their internal registers and a further 14 days to send the new information to Companies House. Therefore, a maximum filing time of 28 days from the date of the event. Continue reading

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Companies House maintenance and shut down

This is to let you know about planned maintenance that will be occurring at Companies House covering the Easter Break between Thursday, 13 April and Tuesday, 18 April.  This will affect most aspects of their online services

Most of their online services will be unavailable from 11:59pm on Thursday 13 April to 7am on Tuesday 18 April.

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Electronic Verification of Customers

With the advent of the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 just around the corner, getting your policies and procedures ship shape and compliant with the new Regulations can be time consuming especially in the light of Regulation 18(4) which states ‘A relevant person must keep an up-to-date written record of all steps it has taken’ which means your procedures may be asked for by your Supervisory body.

At the heart of the Regulations has always been knowing who you deal with and as such the verification of the client and any beneficial owners are paramount. The new JMLSG guidance in 5.3.14 makes it clear on the verification of not just the customer but also any beneficial owners.

Verification methods have noticeably shifted away from ‘so called identity documents’ to electronic verification, which can offer a much more reliable range of verification data without meeting the customer or beneficial owner face to face.

The range of verification SmartSearches we offer as an agent of Smart Credit are one of the most advanced and reliable offered in the UK covering individuals and company compliance issues.

Please contact us to see how we can help you with your verification of customers on a non-contractual basis.

Seminar Invitation: Anti Money Laundering Update

The next in the Lifecycle national series of FREE training courses is taking place at a venue near you in May 2017.

This series of free seminars is taking place across the UK in May and sees Steve O’Neill, from our partner BTC, present his thoughts on the impact of the new legislation within the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 which are due to come into force later this year.

In his sessions, he will provide an overview of some of the more recent developments that will take place with the introduction of the new legislation that is due to come into effect on 26 June 2017. Continue reading

Companies House Planned Maintenance

This is to let you know about planned maintenance that will be occurring at Companies House covering the Easter Break between Thursday, 13 April and Tuesday, 18 April.  This will affect most aspects of their online services

Most of their online services will be unavailable from 11:59pm on Thursday 13 April to 7am on Tuesday 18 April.

The essential system maintenance to the online services will affect:

  • WebFiling
  • XML gateway
  • WebCHeck
  • Companies House Direct

This means you won’t be able to file any information online during this period. We will hold all orders in our review files until the system is confirmed to be back up and running on the Tuesday

You should check Companies House Service (CHS) to see if your accounts are due during the planned maintenance. You may need to file earlier than planned.

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

Firstly, can wish all our clients and customers seasons greeting from us at BTC, we hope you enjoy the festive season break.

Our last despatch of physical documents to get to offices before Christmas is on Tuesday 20 December 2016, any physical documents generated after this date will be despatched when we return after the new year.

Our physical office will close on the evening of Tuesday the 20th. Our electronic systems for company formations and money laundering compliance reports will operate as normal 24 hours per day, each day during the holiday period.

We will still check every formation coming through the system before releasing to Companies House. Telephone support will be limited on Wednesday and Thursday the 21st and 22nd and resume as normal on Tuesday the 3rd of January, but we are still running email support for the occasional urgent matters that arise.

So if you have an urgent query email us on the main email address and we will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

Tax advisers to send warning letters on taxing offshore assets

Offshore Assets

HMRC has published guidance on a letter which tax advisers and financial institutions may need to send to clients who have income or assets overseas, explaining its wider powers to exchange tax information with other jurisdictions and urging anyone who is in doubt about their offshore tax position to seek advice

Accountants and tax advisers should also have regard for companies they act for that have an offshore or overseas shareholding, especially from recognised tax havens such as BVI or the Channel Islands. Advisers should be aware that this type of company may not have been declared to them. This again will extend to clients who may own overseas properties through overseas companies. Continue reading

BTC Newsletter June 2016

BTC Company Software

Changes to the incorporation and form filing software

As from 30 June 2016 PSC’s must be provided upon Incorporation by the company, unless they have reason to believe that they don’t have any PSC’s, which will be rare.

The order form been modified to cater for these changes with the inclusion of: ‘Legal Person’, PSC Officer role and Nature of Control questions.

The software suppliers have sought legal advice to ensure that the system complies with the new legislation but we understand that this may not necessarily result in the most practical of a user interface, they have already taken steps to improve the user experience and there will be further updates to the order form throughout July and August.

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PSC requirements – What you must do

PEOPLE WITH SIGNIFICANT CONTROL (PSC)

From April 2016

You need to start keeping a record of the people who control your company. There are criminal penalties if you don’t do this.

For most companies these will be individuals who:

  • Hold more than 25% of the company’s shares
  • Hold more than 25% of the company’s voting rights
  • Have the right to appoint or remove the majority of directors

If an individual does not meet the above conditions, check to see if you have anyone who:

  • Has the right to, or actually exercises, significant influence or control over the company

It could also be individual who:

  • Has the right to, or actually exercises, significant influence or control over a trust or company that meets one of the above conditions

There is some more information on how to identify your PSCs:
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People of Significant Control (PSC) Update

Incorporation Order Form

PSC’s must be provided upon Incorporation by the company, unless they have reason to believe that they don’t have any PSC’s, which will be rare.

The order form been modified to cater for these changes with the inclusion of: ‘Legal Person’, PSC Officer role and Nature of Control questions. The software suppliers have sought legal advice to ensure that the system complies with the new legislation but we understand that this may not necessarily result in the most practical of a user interface, they have already taken steps to improve the user experience and there will be further updates to the order form throughout July and August.

• You can now preview the form here: http://uat.order.efiling.co.uk/buy/standard/ Continue reading