Do Non Profit Organisations (NPOs) file Annual Returns?

Yes or no? Remember that a Non Profit Organization is really a company that is not operating for a profit. That is to say, the sole purpose of the charity is for some noble or social cause. Any profits are reinvested into the Non Profit Organization. Compared to a “for profit company” where profits are distributed among the directors of the company.

The answer is YES!! A Non Profit Organization must file Annual Returns every year with the Companies Registrar.

What is an annual return?

An Annual Return is critical to a company since this document presents a correct, updated reflection of the company’s state of affairs. This documents presents an up to date snapshot of all directors and officers of the company, share capital as well as company debts. Once this document is filed at the Companies Registry, this information will be registered with the Registrar. When conducting company business, banks and other stakeholders will request the most recent Annual Returns. From this document all present company officers and company debts can be discerned.

When should a Company file an Annual Return??

The law states that a company should file an Annual Return no later than 30 days after each anniversary date of its continuance, incorporation or amalgamation at the Companies Registrar .

What happens if a company fails or refuses to file an Annual Return?

Where a Company fails or refuses to file a document with the Registrar within the time specified in the Act, the Registrar shall be entitled to collect from that Company a penalty of three hundred dollars ($300.00) for every month or part thereof.

The Companies Act of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago requires companies to file an Annual Return every year even if the company has not been trading. In accordance with Section 194 (1) of the Companies Act of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, each company must file an Annual Return no later than thirty (30) days after each anniversary date of incorporation in the applicable form. At any point, the officers of the company can change directors, corporate secretaries, issue shares or acquire loans and these changes must be captured in the Registrar’s records of the company.

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Top 10 ways to Launder Dirty Money using a Car Dealership : Free Anti Money Laundering Training in Trinidad!!

Everything is not as it appears!

I am observing numerous new and used car dealership sponsoring ads on Facebook and Instagram! Cars are selling like hot hops! I am certain that car dealers are accepting substantial cash payments and are failing to obtain the necessary Know Your Customer (KYC) information from customers!

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About the Author: Antoinette Sydney LLB LEC CAMLFC CFRMP, Bar No. SYA2015211, Attorney at Law. The author is the first Online Lawyer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Her entire Law Practice is based Online using technology. Client meetings are conducted at mutually convenient meeting points. She has clients in Guyana, St Vincent, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands and North America. She specializes in Corporate Law and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance. She helps clients to start their Online Business Empire.

Check out my Online Companies: www.asydneygroup.com

Call/Whatsapp for a quotation 868 373-1166

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Taxation;

Corporate Training;

Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes;

Fraud Risk Management;

Graphic Design.

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Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Training for staff, directors;

Anti-Money Laundering Audits;

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DIGITAL Slavery: Life in a Cell….phone

I lament the complete lack of regard for the proverbial “moment” by my generation and I. We spend the vast majority of our day scrolling through pointless news feeds and reading irrelevant updates. These things do not in anyway enrich the value of our lives or assist in our personal development. I am oftentimes prompted to update the software on my phone and it makes me wonder if I am upgrading myself often. Perish the thought that I was doing the same thing last year around this time. That will be contrary to my progressive nature.

Life in a cell…phone is an unpaid , full time job. There are numerous requests awaiting my acceptance. Just thinking of all the advertisements that pop up in my feed raises my blood pressure. Various updates about other interactions that are of absolutely no value to me. There are new stories waiting to be seen. New displays of egos waiting to be inflated. Recycled lack of good self-esteem selfies resurfacing. Unattractive faces with toned bodies waiting for a “like” or “comment”. If I oblige, the notifications will be cleared, if I accept the requests and appease you…I receive absolutely no monetary reward for doing this.

Life in a cell…phone takes away from enjoying the moment. When last have you had a face to face conversation, while leaving your prison warden (cell…phone) in your pockets? Have you noticed that your “friend” got a new haircut? Have you engaged in a  conversation with your friends without mentioning a viral video? I know many couples who would not have a relationship if they had no Wifi connection or electricity. We honestly believe that  exchanging free text  messages on the available instant messaging applications constitutes communication. We think that we can know someone after sending and receiving a few free messages. At least, I hope that I am worth more than a free text message.

Life in a cell…phone blocks us from achieving personal excellence. Imagine how you can become more valuable at your organization by taking some new courses. There are different seminars and workshops at your disposal. Knowledge is power, and this power that is being conferred is free. In this Information Age, what do we really know? Our minds remain chained to the distractions that are being fed to us by our oppressors. And we consume these distractions with glee and wonder why we can’t improve our standards of living. The good news is , that you may receive a pardon or be due for parole if you  remember to live in the moment and not in your cell…phone.

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Where is the Trust? Why relationships fail!

As an avid observer , I look on as people fall in and out of “love”. Racing hearts soon turn to raging hearts and migraines. Like a game of “hop-scotch”, people jump in and out of “situationships”. The days of getting to know someone has said farewell and departed. Once their social media is stalked , an opinion of the victim is formed and they are treated as they are perceived.

I crossed the busy bus route and proceeded to my client’s house. She is a woman who has lived a full life, so I did a house call. On my way, a demi-god with white hair greeted me. He walked with a cane and I lowered my speed. He asked me “What is the greatest love of all”? I pretended to think for 5 seconds and responded ,”Love of self, is the greatest love.” He looked at me and laughed. He said, no , try again. He answered his own question, he said “Love of God is the greatest love”. I knew that I was right, because I am a goddess.

I asked him to explain. He said he loved God because he trusted God. He said trust is everything. He confessed that he had no doubt that God would take care of him and provide all his needs. I felt the same way about myself.

He said that he has been married for 30 years and it is blissful. He said he and his wife have complete trust. They both value each other and their contribution to the relationship.He was confident that nobody could compare to him and replace him. He said he trusts his wife, just like he trusts God.

He lamented that young couples did not trust each other, he attributed this to the high divorce rate. He said both men and women were insecure and did not value themselves or each other. He told me if his wife walked out the street and saw him chatting with me , she would smile and greet me, with no ill feeling. He turned the corner and went home and I proceeded north to meet my client. I thought about his kind words and he is absolutely right.

Is trust more important than love?

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How to create a Compliance Program ?

A Compliance Program (CP) is a manual that contains the internal policies and procedures of a listed business. The Know Your Customer (KYC) forms are attached as appendices to the compliance program.

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What are the key elements of a Compliance Program?

The staring point is that there must be a risk based approach in the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance Program.

The four (4) pillars of an effective Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance Program are:

  1. The development of internal policies, procedures, and related controls;
  2. The designation of a competent and qualified Compliance Officer;
  3. Ongoing AML training for all staff, directors of the listed business;
  4. Independent review of the Compliance Framework by a competent and qualified AML auditor.

About the Author: Antoinette Sydney LLB LEC CAMLFC CFRMP, Bar No. SYA2015211, Attorney at Law. The author is the first Online Lawyer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Her entire Law Practice is based Online using technology. Client meetings are conducted at mutually convenient meeting points. She has clients in Guyana, St Vincent, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands and North America. She specializes in Corporate Law and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance. She helps clients to start their Online Business Empire.

Check out my Online Companies: www.asydneygroup.com

Call/Whatsapp for a quotation 868 373-1166

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Taxation;

Corporate Training;

Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes;

Fraud Risk Management;

Graphic Design.

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Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Training for staff, directors;

Anti-Money Laundering Audits;

Compliance Program drafting;

Consulting services and much more.

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What are Shell Companies ?: Trinidad Online Lawyer

A shell company is considered to be an incorporated company with no independent operations, significant assets, ongoing business activities, or employees. Shell companies tend to be…holding companies.[1]

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To launder money, the shell company purports to perform some service that would reasonably require its customers to often pay with cash.

The launderer then deposits the money with the shell company, which deposits it into its business bank accounts. The company then creates fake invoices and receipts to account for the cash. Such transactions create the appearance of legitimacy and clean money.

The shell company can then make withdrawals and either return the money to the initial criminal or pass the money on to further shell companies before returning it to further disguise who initially deposited the money[2].


[1] https://aml-cft.net/library/shell-company/

[2] https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/money_laundering

About the Author: Antoinette Sydney LLB LEC CAMLFC CFRMP, Bar No. SYA2015211, Attorney at Law. The author is the first Online Lawyer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Her entire Law Practice is based Online using technology. Client meetings are conducted at mutually convenient meeting points. She has clients in Guyana, St Vincent, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands and North America. She specializes in Corporate Law and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance. She helps clients to start their Online Business Empire.

Check out my Online Companies: www.asydneygroup.com

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Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes;

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THE ROLE OF A COMPLIANCE OFFICER: Trinidad Online Lawyer

The Compliance Officer is the primary liaison with the FIU . The identities of the Compliance and Alternate Compliance Officers must be held with the strictest confidence.

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The duties of the Compliance Officer include:

a)Creating, monitoring and updating the AML/CFT Compliance Programme to ensure continuous compliance with the legal framework. The internal controls and policies therein must be implemented by the CO.

b)Receiving and assessing SAR/STR reports made by staff members.

c) Reporting SARs/STRs to the FIU using the Suspicious Activity/Transaction Report Form within fourteen (14) days of the suspicious transaction being detection.

d)Maintaining records of internal SARs/STRs from staff.

 e)Maintaining a register of of SARs/STRs filed with the FIU.

f)Maintaining Customer Due Diligence records and transactions;

g) Monitoring the FATF list of high risk individuals and legal entities and Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories (NCCTs).

h)Monitoring the United Nations ISIL Da’esh & Al Qaida List (UN 2253 List) for persons identified as terrorists or involved in terrorist activity.

  i)Provide training to all members of staff.

About the Author: Antoinette Sydney LLB LEC CAMLFC CFRMP, Bar No. SYA2015211, Attorney at Law. The author is the first Online Lawyer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Her entire Law Practice is based Online using technology. Client meetings are conducted at mutually convenient meeting points. She has clients in Guyana, St Vincent, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands and North America. She specializes in Corporate Law and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance. She helps clients to start their Online Business Empire.

Check out my Online Companies: www.asydneygroup.com

Call/Whatsapp for a quotation 868 373-1166

Blog: https://sydneygroupblog.wordpress.com/

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I am a Certified Professional in the following areas:

Taxation;

Corporate Training;

Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes;

Fraud Risk Management;

Graphic Design.

Services include:

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Training for staff, directors;

Anti-Money Laundering Audits;

Compliance Program drafting;

Consulting services and much more.

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What does IR mean? : AML Compliance Consultants

IR is an acronym for Intelligence Report.

An Intelligence Report is a report forwarded by the FIU to the various branches of the TTPS. This report is based on intelligence obtained from Suspicious Activity Reports (SARS) .

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What does CU mean: AML Compliance Consultants

CU is an acronym for Credit Union. Credit Unions are governed by the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago as well as the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).

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Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Training for staff, directors;

Anti-Money Laundering Audits;

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How to Dissolve a Limited Liability Company.

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What is CFATF?: AML Compliance Consultants

CFATF-this is an acronym for Caribbean Financial Action Task Force.

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The author is the first Online Lawyer based in Trinidad and Tobago. She specialises in Anti-Money Laundering Compliance.

Website: www.asydneygroup.com

Call/Whatsapp for a quotation 868 373-1166

Services include:

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Training for staff, directors;

Anti-Money Laundering Audits;

Compliance Program drafting;

Consulting services and much more.

Ebooks available for only $100TTD !

Payment through Paywise and Paypal!

Ebooks on Sale:

How to Register a Sole Trader;

How to De-Register a Sole Trader;

How to Register a Partnership;

How to Change from a Sole Trader to a Limited Liability Company Trinidad;

How to Dissolve a Limited Liability Company.

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