Guidance from the ICPA
The information below is designed to help ICPA members stay compliant and aware of requirements from ourselves, the UK government and regulatory bodies with respect to their accountancy practices.
You may have to register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) under the Money Laundering Regulations if your business operates as an Accountancy Service Provider.This guide will help you decide if you need to register as an Accountancy Service Provider and includes links to information on how to register. HMRC have also published a simplified flowchart that may help you determine if you need to register.
This guidance is based on the law and regulations as of 26 June 2017. It covers the prevention of money laundering and the countering of terrorist financing. It is intended to be read by anyone who provides audit, accountancy, tax advisory, insolvency, or trust and company services in the United Kingdom and has been approved and adopted by the UK accountancy AML supervisory bodies.
The ICPA in common with the CIOT, ICAEW and the ACCA have adopted the Joint Professional Code in Relation to Taxation. The code will govern members work in the field of taxation.
All ICPA Members who are not members of another intitute are expected to abide by the ICPA Code of Practice and Ethics. Should an ICPA member also be a member of another institute then any conflicts to the code will be reviewed and reported to that institute for their consideration and action.
These are HMRC’s expectations of all individuals and businesses involved in professionally representing or advising taxpayers. The standard applies to all tax agents who transact with HMRC and to any professional who advises or acts on behalf of others in relation to their tax affairs. HMRC’s aim is to clarify what is expected of agents, particularly those who are not members of professional bodies.