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Economic Crime & Corporate Transparency Act

The UK has introduced a new Economic Crime & Corporate Transparency Act, with the objectives of increasing the reliability of UK company data and reducing money laundering and tax evasion.

 

Key changes:

 

1.     Identity Verification

New identity verification will be required for the following individuals:
a.       All new and existing directors of companies, members of limited liability partnerships and general partners of limited partnerships.
b.       Persons with significant control (PSCs).
c.       A relevant officer of registrable relevant legal entities (RLEs).
d.       All persons making filings at Companies House on behalf of an entity.
 
Individuals can either verify their identities themselves via Companies House or via an Authorised Corporate Service Provider (ACSP) — an intermediary, such as EBS.
Existing UK company directors will be required to verify their identities on delivery of the company’s next Confirmation Statement.

Where a director of a company acts without first having their identity verified, an offence will be committed by the individual, the relevant company and every officer who is in default.

 

2.        Accounts

All accounts will need to be digitally submitted to Companies House.

Small companies will be required to file audited annual accounts unless they benefit from an audit exemption. Micro-entities will be required to file accounts including balance sheet and profit and loss.

Small companies will no longer be able to file abridged or filleted accounts.

 

3.        Registered Office and Email Address

A company’s registered office should be an appropriate address where documents will come to the attention of someone acting on behalf of the company and acknowledgment of delivery can be recorded.

Companies also will be required to keep an appropriate email address with Companies House.

 

4.        Statutory Registers

The Act abolishes the requirement for companies to maintain various internal registers, including the register of directors, register of directors’ residential addresses, register of secretaries and PSC register. Companies still will be required to maintain a register of members.

 

5.       Next Steps

It is vital that directors be aware that they are no longer able to incorporate a UK company without a verified account. Whether verification is carried out via an ACSP or by the director, the process now requires uploading identification documents to Companies House.

The information contained in this article was correct at the time of writing. However, they should be considered as general information only and specific advice should be obtained before any actions are taken.

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