Money Laundering Regulations: report changes to your business
How to report changes in your business to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and what to do if you want to cancel your registration.
You’ll need to tell HMRC about changes or inaccuracies in your registration details if your business is registered under the Money Laundering Regulations.
This guide tells you what changes in your business details you need to report, and how and when you should do so.
It also explains what to do if you want to cancel your registration.
Changes you should report to HMRC
You’ll need to notify HMRC if the details you’ve included in your application to register under the Money Laundering Regulations change or you discover that they’re incorrect. You must tell HMRC about changes:
- of address, trading name or telephone number
- to your business’s legal structure - for example if you used to be self-employed but now you’re a limited company
- of ownership of your business
- of the legal entity of the business owners, for example, if ownership changes from a partnership to a limited company
- of partners
- of ‘nominated officer’
- of franchise or agency status
- of personnel in your business who have ‘fit and proper’ status
- that affect a person’s fit and proper status so that they would no longer pass the fit and proper test
You should also tell HMRC about any:
- criminal convictions for money laundering offences in your business
- new or additional premises
- premises which should be de-registered because they’re no longer used for business activities covered by the Money Laundering Regulations
Cancelling your registration
You should notify HMRC if your business activities change so that you no longer need to be registered under the Money Laundering Regulations. HMRC will de-register your business.
When to report changes
You must report any changes in your registration details to HMRC within 30 days of a change taking place. If you’re reporting something that’s incorrect in your details you should do this within 30 days of discovering the mistake.
How to report a change
You should complete a ‘reporting changes’ form MLR RCT1. This form needs to be printed and a paper copy sent to HMRC.
You should also send a letter if you want to cancel your registration. Include your Money Laundering Regulations registration number and the date when you want your registration to be cancelled.
Send your MLR RCT1 forms and cancellation letters to:
HM Revenue and Customs - Anti Money Laundering Supervision
21 Victoria Avenue
You can’t transfer a registration from one legal entity to another. If there is a change - for example, if the ownership of the business changes hands - the new owner has to register with HMRC and the previous owner has to cancel their registration.
A further application charge will not be charged if the new legal entity is made up of the exact same people as the previous one.