The services offered by accountants and bookkeepers are vulnerable to money laundering activities due to their link to financial transactions, such as money transfers, trust account deposits, as well as the establishment of legal entities to hold assets.
Some services provided by accountants and bookkeepers may be attractive to criminals seeking to avoid detection or raising red flags when accessing the financial system.
The services offered by accountants and bookkeepers may also have become more attractive to criminals over the past few years as the financial sector has implemented comprehensive AML/CFT measures.
The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (ML/TF) risks associated with the accountancy profession include:
Accountants must ensure the organisation conducts a comprehensive ML/TF risk assessment to identify, assess, mitigate and manage ML/TF risk exposures. This is a critical first step in complying with AML/CFT laws.
These are the services offered by accountants and bookkeepers that are covered by AML/CFT obligations.
If you offer or provide one or more of the above services, your business will be subject to AML/CFT obligations.
The AML/CFT regime is risk based, which means that your responses to the AML/CFT obligations placed upon you should be risk-based.
A risk-based AML/CFT regime requires that you understand and address the Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (ML/TF) risks associated with the services you offer.
You must then design, implement and maintain systems, procedures and controls that are proportionate to your ML/TF risks.
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With over 30 years of expert knowledge and real world experience our AML/CFT compliance solutions will to help you navigate your legal and regulatory requirements so that your business complies with its AML/CFT obligations in the fastest and most cost-effective way.
Initialism has a range of AML/CFT solutions to support becoming AML/CFT compliant and maintaining compliance:
Our solutions allow you to tailor support based on your capacity, experience and budget.
Our expertise covers all AML/CFT disciplines and brings unique perspectives, approaches and solutions to the AML/CFT challenges faced by the accountancy profession
Our AML/CFT compliance knowledge includes working with accountancy firms and we understand what compliance means for your business
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Our knowledge and expertise has been hard earned and comes from working in the area of AML/CFT for many decades
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Our AML/CFT compliance solutions are flexible and can be tailored to your capacity, experience and budget
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