Penalties guidance: deliberate failure to register
(This content has been withheld because of exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000) MLR1PP12160
In all other cases where we obtain evidence that a business is trading without being registered the business should be given the opportunity to register. If the business responds and their application is accepted, a late registration penalty should be issued for a prompted disclosure following the procedure in MLR1PP9410.
Where despite contact with the business they carry on trading and refuse to register, the following action should be taken:
- issue a penalty in the sum of £1000.
- advise the business that if they submit an acceptable application to register within 30 days, the penalty will be recalculated on the basis used for prompted disclosure i.e. £500 plus the amount of any unpaid fees.
- If the offer above is not accepted issue a further penalty of £5,000 per month of continued trading without being registered, from the date that the offer lapsed. Unpaid fees should be paid from the date that trading began.
The position should be reviewed regularly.
(This content has been withheld because of exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000) (This content has been withheld because of exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000) MLR1PP12160.