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Annual Fees Proposed For Jersey Non-Financial Businesses And Professions

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Jersey Financial Services Commission has published a consultation paper on proposals for annual fees to be paid by Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs) carrying on activities specified in Part B of Schedule 2 to the Proceeds of Crime (Jersey) Law 1999, as amended.

Such activities include certain business conducted by lawyers, accountants, estate agents, high value goods dealers (those dealers accepting payment in cash over EUR15,000) and some other businesses not otherwise covered by the four regulatory laws.

The Commission has been requested by the States of Jersey to monitor and ensure compliance by DNFBPs and, to this end, the Minister for Economic Development has designated the Commission as the supervisory body for DNFBPs. DNFBPs have been supervised for compliance with the Money Laundering (Jersey) Order 2008, as amended, and associated regulatory requirements, by the Anti-Money Laundering Unit of the Commission, in line with the Financial Action Task Forceís (FATF) international standards.

FATF Recommendation 24 requires countries to ensure that DNFBPs are subject to effective systems for monitoring and ensuring compliance with AML/CFT requirements.

The purpose of the Commissionís consultation paper is to consult on the proposals for annual fees to be paid from 2010 by DNFBPs who carry on activities specified in Part B of Schedule 2 to the Proceeds of Crime Law; and as a result of carrying on such activities, are required to be registered under the Proceeds of Crime (Supervisory Bodies) (Jersey) Law 2008.

The consultation paper can be downloaded from the Commissionís website, and should be returned before April 16.