AML for Accountants
SmartSearch is an all-in-one solution, offering flexible AML products for accountants, bookkeepers and tax advisory firms. We’ll help you meet AML regulations, get audit-ready and be 100% sure of your compliance, 100% of the time.
Making AML Compliance for Accountants Easy
Accountants are particularly vulnerable to money laundering, so ensuring your AML procedures are fit for purpose is vital. The expertise of qualified accountants can be used to disguise illegal transactions, and make them appear legitimate – this is why the accountancy sector is often targeted by those who carry out financial crime.
SmartSearch offers a time-saving, hassle-free AML software for accountants. We provide electronic customer identification and verification, as well as full sanction and PEP screening and ongoing monitoring. All AML checks are automatically saved in real-time, and can be retrieved on demand to support audits and regulatory visits.
For both accountancy firms and sole practitioners, failing to comply with AML regulations can have severe consequences; these range from fines to court proceedings or even a prison sentence. SmartSearch guarantees AML compliance for accountants, so you’ll pass your audit, every time.
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**Convenient AML Services for Accountants **
SmartSearch can help you with every step of your AML compliance, right through from initial checks to ongoing monitoring – but we can also adapt our products to suit you.
Whether you’re a part of a large accountancy firm or an individual practitioner, we’re able to integrate our services with your existing software, so you can run AML checks using information from your own system.
To make compliance even more convenient for accountants, you can even access our full range of AML products via the SmartSearch app – ideal for those with busy schedules who often find themselves out of the office.
What kind of accountancy firms do we work with?
- Corporate Recovery & Insolvency
- Risk & Compliance
Our services are used by 1 in 2 of the top 100 accountancy firms
Read case studyAfter an extensive review of multiple providers, we decided on SmartSearch for our AML procedures as it was the best platform we had seen and offered everything we need to ensure we are fully compliant.
Read case studyOur compliance department especially benefits from the wide range of information SmartSearch incorporate into their platform, giving us a clear result once the check is completeJ A Black Partner
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the top 3 tell-tale signs of suspicious activity for accountants to look out for?
According to the Serious Fraud Office, there are three key tell-tale signs which accountants should look out for when trying to prevent money laundering. These are as follows: 1. If a long-term client or customer behaves oddly, or makes uncharacteristic requests. 2. A client or customer asks you to make financial arrangements which don’t make sense commercially. 3. A client or customer asks you to provide services which are outside your area of expertise, and does so on multiple occasions.
Who are the UK accountancy AML supervisory bodies?
There are some fifteen different supervisory bodies responsible for monitoring the AML compliance of accountants, bookkeepers and other financial advisers, but these bodies are in turn overseen by the OPBAS. These regulatory bodies include the Association of Accounting Technicians, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Financial Conduct Authority and the Institute of Financial Accountants. To see a full breakdown of the supervisory bodies for this sector, visit GOV.UK.
Do sole practitioners need to comply?
Yes, sole practitioners still need to ensure that they are AML compliant. The Money Laundering Regulations 2007 stated that any company OR individual that is providing accountancy services must be registered with an appropriate supervisory body, so their AML compliance can be monitored.
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