UK trust registration deadline to be extended

Monday, 15 March 2021
HM Revenue & Customs has stated that it will not meet the March 2021 target for upgrading the Trust Registration Service (TRS) to allow non-taxable trusts to register.
UK trust registration deadline to be extended

The general requirement for all express trusts to register on the TRS was introduced by the EU Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD), though the UK's implementation of the rule will permit some exceptions, for example UK-regulated charitable trusts and most will trusts. Non-UK trusts that acquire land or property in the UK will also be required to register, unless already registered in a EU Member State. Further guidance on registration of non-taxable trusts was published in January this year.

Last July, the government set a March 2022 deadline for existing trusts to register on the TRS, or to update their records if they had already done so. The transition period had to be an extended one not just because it would take a long time for the millions of UK trusts to register, but also because HMRC had to fundamentally redesign the existing TRS to cope with the expansion. At the time, it estimated that this redesign would be completed in March 2021. However, that target has now been pushed back until sometime this summer.

HMRC has now issued a statement recognising that this deferral will cause concern, with some trustees and agents potentially unable to register before the current registration deadline of 10 March 2022. Accordingly, it intends to defer the deadline until twelve months after the date of actual delivery of the expanded register, so as to give trustees and agents of existing trusts enough time.

Further updates and clarification on the revised timetable will be published in due course, it says.



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