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Register of Overseas Entities

14 March 2024

The Register of Overseas Entities came into force in the UK on 1 August 2022. The register is held by Companies House and requires overseas entities that own land or property in the UK.

Implementation of the Register of Overseas Entities

On August 1, 2022, the UK made a significant move. It implemented the Register of Overseas Entities. Companies House, a UK government agency, maintains this register. It’s a tool in the fight against illicit activities.

Role of UK-Regulated Agents

The register has a key function. It requires overseas entities owning UK land to declare their beneficial owners and managing officers. This isn’t just a formality. It’s a strategic move, that increases transparency and accountability in property ownership and reduces potential illicit activities like money laundering and tax evasion.

Recently, the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) published an updated list of UK-regulated agents. These agents hold an agent assurance code. They can verify the beneficial owners of an overseas entity.

Registration and Its Impact

This list isn’t exhaustive. Companies House doesn’t endorse these agents or accept liability for their services. The overseas entities choose a suitable agent.

A UK-regulated agent must verify all beneficial owners and managing officers of an overseas entity. Only then can Companies House register it. These agents must be based in the UK. They are supervised under the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds Regulations 2017. They can be an individual or a corporate entity.

After registration, the overseas entity receives a unique Overseas Entity ID. This ID isn’t just a number. It’s a key that unlocks the UK property market for the entity. The entity must provide this ID to the land registry during UK property transactions. This ensures proper recording and regulation of all property transactions involving overseas entities.

This process is crucial, it enhances the transparency and accountability in the UK property market. It’s a significant step towards a more transparent and accountable property ownership in the UK and it’s a move that could potentially reduce illicit activities and increase trust in the property market. It’s a step in the right direction for the UK and a model for other countries to follow.

Source: Companies House Tue, 12 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100

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