Criminal Finances Act 2017

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 – Purpose and scope

The CFA 2017 was designed to increase powers to tackle corporate tax evasion and widen the scope for money laundering and corruption offences; recover the proceeds of crime and as a further means of trying to restrict terrorist financing.  It does this principally by introducing a number of amending provisions to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (eg. Account Freezing Orders [AFOs] under s.303Z POCA) and Unexplained Wealth Orders [UWOs] under sections 362A–362T of POCA.

Additionally the CFA 2017 creates the corporate offences of the failure of a company or partnership to prevent facilitation of UK tax evasion and the failure to prevent facilitation of foreign tax evasion offences.  As a consequence such ‘relevant bodies’ are made criminally liable for failing to prevent anyone regarded as an ‘associated person’ from doing this.

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