Charity collection in Pakistan: but UK tax advisers are in the dark

According to the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the bill, introduced to parliament last week, is not clear about the obligations of unregulated tax advisers. For those who are regulated by the Financial Services Authority for providing investment advice, there is a clear ‘failure to disclose offence’.

The bill, which is intended to block the funds of criminal and terrorist organisations, comes as impromptu charitable collections, such as that pictured right, take place in Pakistan to raise money for Afghan refugees.

Experts in the UK fear anti-money-laundering measures in the UK may have ‘disastrous’ effects on people who have made ‘innocent’ errors in paying their taxes.

John Roberts, chairman of CIOT standards committee, said: ‘Our concerns remain that there should be a better definition in the bill to distinguish serious crimes from petty offences.’

The bill is intended to put tax advisers and accountants at the heart of the battle against terror by making it law that they report their suspicions to the National Criminal Intelligence Service.

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