New rules that came into force in October 2020 require all UK express trusts and some non-UK trusts to register with HMRC. This includes non-taxable trusts, unless the trust is specifically excluded. The trust registration service opened to registrations by non-taxable trusts in September 2021.
A draft statutory instrument to amend the trust registration service (TRS) regulations was laid before parliament on 6 January 2022.
The statutory instrument amending the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 needs to be approved by both Houses of Parliament before it comes into law. Provided that this approval is granted, the changes are expected to come into force on 9 March 2022.
Once approved, the statutory instrument:
- extends the registration deadline from 10 March 2022 to 1 September 2022;
- extends the post-2022 registration deadlines from within 30 days of the trust becoming registerable to within 90 days of the trust becoming registerable;
- extends the time limits for keeping information held on TRS up to date from within 30 days of the trustees becoming aware of the change to within 90 days of the trustees becoming aware of the change;
- adds to the existing exclusion for insurance policies at Sch 3A, para 4 to ensure that trusts holding policies that contain temporary disablement cover and trusts holding healthcare policies are excluded from registration; and
- adds a new exclusion at Sch 3A, para 6A to ensure that trusts created in the course of setting up a bank account for minors or vulnerable persons are excluded from registration
HMRC’s Trust Registration Service Manual will be updated for these changes in due course.
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