HMRC AML Registration

Trying register with HMRC AML wondering someone can help me to clarify an question please?

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Hello, I am new in Accounting practice but have long term experience in industry. However, as a side income I have opened a Ltd Co.to provide bookkeeping and self assessment services hence I am trying to register with HMRC AML. During the process, question was asked with option "Yes" or "No" whether I have experience in providing accounting service. Since I never worked in practice (even though fully qualified), therefore,can I just mention that I only worked in industry and explain work I did or do I select No and move on. Will that have any impact on my application? Would be helpful if someone please provide a suggestion?

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DougScott
By Dougscott
23rd May 2024 22:52

Not sure exactly what the application asks for these days but could you say you have provided accounting services to the companies you have worked for through your job? And list what skills you have if it provides that option?

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By Mahabub53
23rd May 2024 23:18

Thank you Dougscott. It does not give any option to select skills set but if select Yes then it opens up box to explain where and when I provided accounting service.

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By Dougscott
24th May 2024 08:25

That's what I mean. In that box that opens up you can provide details of the accounting services you have provided as part of your job and the skills you have developed. Just like you would on a job application. HMRC want you to demonstrate that you have some accounting skills and experience and haven't just walked in off the street.

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By Tax Dragon
24th May 2024 08:58

Dougscott wrote:

HMRC want you to demonstrate that you have some accounting skills and experience and haven't just walked in off the street.

Do they? This is an AML registration, not a job interview.

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By Mahabub53
24th May 2024 09:09

Thank you both for your comments. Its just confusing and I just dont want them to reject my application due to no Practice experience or if Just select "No" and move on

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By AdamJones82
24th May 2024 09:09

I've been registered wtth HMRC AML since inception and they've not once asked me to demonstrate

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DougScott
By Dougscott
24th May 2024 09:17

I have too but NOW, for new registrations, they do ask. Whether or not they will reject the application if you answer "NO" to this question I have no idea. Perhaps they just ask this question for the hell of it? But, given the option, I would make every effort to sell myself and my experience rather than saying no.

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By Mahabub53
24th May 2024 09:20

@AdamJone82, Thank you. HMRC is now asking this type of question, unfortunately. Exact wording is "Does (Applicant name) have experience as an accounting service provider?" "If Yes, Describe previous experience, including dates and duration." Anyways, it seems probably would be a good idea select Yes and explain my industry experience and wait and hope HMRC accept my application.

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By Dougscott
24th May 2024 11:45

Ah interesting wording. One could say how can one be an "Accountancy Service Provider" without being AML Registered - it would be illegal! Perhaps HMRC are throwing in trick questions now and the correct answer is "no"!

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By Mahabub53
24th May 2024 11:53

Its true though however, I am going with your first suggestion and explaining that experience acquire in Industry not in Practice. And see what happens.

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By FactChecker
24th May 2024 13:15

My suspicion from the start (i.e. my interpretation not certainty) is reinforced by the wording:
"If Yes, Describe previous experience, including dates and duration."

It's neither a devious question nor an automatic continue/reject criteria.
It wants to identify any previous work in practice so that the algorithm can match your answers with HMRC's records for those organisations/dates - not in terms of your personal involvement, but in terms of whether your employer (or you if you were the practice) had any AML issues at the same time of your employment.

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