What should Customer Information Form(CIF) for Companies contain

Company Name

The registered name of the limited liability company. In law, a limited liability company has its own legal personality.

Date & country of incorporation ;

This will reveal whether the company is an external company registered in another country. The date is indicative of the age of the company.

Registration Number

This registration # also indicates the length of time that the company was in existence because it contains the year that the company was registered accompanied by other numbers.

Permanent Address;

Registered office address of the company, this should be reflected on the Form 4 or Notice of Address and or the Forms 28(Annual Returns).

Mailing Address

A PO Box or Bag #, that the company uses will suffice because the registered office address was already captured above.

Telephone #

Please ask for a current number and extension where applicable.

Email address

Preferably the company’s email address.

Purpose of Intended Nature of Business Relationship

This is not the services offered by the Company, but it is the reason for the customer approaching your entity.

Name, Addresses of Directors/Secretary/Officers/Authorized Signatories

Full name, as it appears on their Government issued Identification documents;

Position ;e.g.  Directors, Secretaries;

2 forms of valid, government issued identification;

Expiry date, will assist in determining whether the ID is valid;

Country of Issue; Helpful in identifying Non Residents or countries that are High Risk.

Identity of Shareholders holding more than 10% Paid Up Share Capital.

Paidup capital is the amount of money a company has received from shareholders in exchange for shares of stock. Paidup capital is created when a company sells its shares on the primary market, directly to investors -Most Applicable to Public Companies, trading on the Stock Exchange reference: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/paidupcapital.asp

The Name of the Beneficial Owner

“The natural person(s) who ultimately owns or controls a customer and/or the natural person on whose behalf a transaction is being conducted. It also includes those persons who exercise ultimate effective control over a legal person or arrangement.” FATFWhy would an individual choose to be the beneficial owner?

Two forms of IDs for the beneficialowner

Valid , government issued photo identification

Address of Person ;

Permanent address of the UBO

Occupation;

Source of Funds Declaration

Source of funds refers to the origins of the activity that generated the particular funds or assets which are used in the transaction between the customer and the FI/LB. eg $136,000 from bank loan proceeds from ACB Arima ,  or $136,000 from Company Account, Tobago Branch chq # XXX

Customer Declaration;

Signature of Customer;

The Company Stamped should be used by the customer, who is acting for and on behalf of the company.

Official Use Only;

For Compliance Review;

There should be a check box or Yes/No option to confirm whether these Sanction Lists were consulted:

UN 2253 List;

FATF Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories;

TT Consolidated List of Court Orders

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What should an Individual Customer Information Form (CIF) contain

Customer Information

Full name;

Date & Country of birth;

Nationality-Important to determine whether the customer is a Non Resident

Permanent Residential Address-PO Box or Bag addresses will not suffice

Email Address

Verification of Customer identity and Address

2 forms of valid, government issued , photo ID

Permanent Address-The customers address must be reflected on the Proof of Address submitted, ie TTEC,WASA, CABLE,.

Employer’s name & contact #-By contacting the employer , all doubts as to the veracity of the job letter will be removed. It will be revealed whether the customer is actually employed by the company on the job letter.

Occupation/Nature of Business-For self employed persons, sole traders. Submit proof eg job letter, payslip.;

Occupational Income-Submit proof eg job letter, payslip.

If self employed-Please state what services or products are offered and provide proof;

Are you a Non Resident ?-Please provide foreign bank reference letter.

Beneficial Owner Information

The Name of the Beneficial Owner-The natural person(s) who ultimately owns or controls a customer and/or the natural person on whose behalf a transaction is being conducted. It also includes those persons who exercise ultimate effective control over a legal person or arrangement.” FATF

Politically Exposed Person (PEP)

Source of Wealth Declaration (only applies to PEPs and High risk Customers) .

Source of Wealth– refers to the origin of the customer’s entire body of wealth, ie their total assets- since they are PEPs , they are more susceptible to bribes and corruption

Source of Funds Declaration ( applies to all customers)

Source of funds refers to the activity that generated the funds and the location thereof to be used to finance the transaction eg salary payments in savings account at ACB.

Customer Declaration

Signature of Customer

For Compliance Review

UN 2253 List;

FATF Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories;

TT Consolidated List of Court Orders;

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What is the FIU?

The FIU is the  primary institution for the collection of financial intelligence and information and the analysis, dissemination, and exchange of such financial intelligence this will also include information among law enforcement authorities, financial institution and listed businesses

What does the FIU do?

1.Acts as an autonomous independent body to serve as a national centre for the collection, analysis and dissemination of financial intelligence and information.

2.The FIU functions as a specialised intelligence agency for the receipt and analysis of STRs/SARs) and the dissemination of financial intelligence and information.

3.FIU acts as a Supervisor to monitor specified Supervised Entities and enforce compliance of AML/CFT (AML/CFT) obligations.

4.The FIU does not engage in investigative action, which is conducted by the Law Enforcement Authorities (LEAs).

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Can I register more than one Company ? Trinidad Online lawyer

Success follows success . After registering your first company , clients may ask you for additional services and you decide to incorporate another company .

Yes , it is possible to have more than one company registered . As you recall from registering your first company, a name search must be conducted to determine whether the selected name is available. The second step is to prepare the incorporation documents and have them filed at the registry . The necessary fees will be paid and within five to seven days the Certificate of Incorporation will be ready for your collection.

In a situation where the proposed company falls with the schedule of listed businesses,the company must be registered with the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) .

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Last updated 17th September 2019

Even a broken clock is right two or three times a day

I am well on my way to reading one book every week  pursuant to my new year’s resolution. This week, I am exploring “The magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. In one chapter he narrates a  story of an irate guest at a hotel who sent a telegram to reserve a room for a single occupant but who came to the hotel clerk requesting  hotel room with double occupancy. The customer insulted the clerk threatening to have him fired and questioned his intelligence. The young clerk apologized but declared that he was merely following instructions.

The author was next in line to deal with the clerk but was pleasantly surprised when the clerk greeted him warmly. The author told the clerk that he admired the way that he dealt with the previous customer. The clerk stated that he refused to be infuriated by a customer like that, he empathised with the man and supposed that he was having marital problems and that the man used him as a scapegoat to feel superior. The clerk added that “…underneath he is  probably a nice guy, most folks are…”

The author then suggested that we remember this statement the next time someone “declares war on us. He said the best way to deal with situations like this is to let the other person say their piece, then forget about it”.

We have nothing to lose by following this approach. Instead of responding to their insults , especially for those of us who work in the service industry, it is wise to hold our tongue. There is nothing to gain by charging with bitter words. The other person may in fact be experiencing some trying times and may simply want attention. Although you may find that your minimum wage does not pay you enough to take insults, I am sure by the following week that you will forget the exchange of words.

Antoinette Sydney LLB LEC CAMLFC CFRMP is an author and entrepreneur based in Trinidad and Tobago.

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No delay in the game

How much of human life is lost in waiting? Do not wait until the timing is perfect. Proceed with your plans . Time waits on no one . Plan and execute. You have to state your intentions to the world and put it out in the Universe. It will come back to you. The elements will line themselves up. Everything will fall into place. Start today,baby steps .Do not wait until the time is right. Do not wait for conditions to be favourable,just proceed and they will follow your lead. You have to guide the way ,you will become weary in waiting . Plan ,execute and repeat . Write your plans down for your records and tell your friends about it to remain accountable . Press on.

H Antoinette Sydney LLB LEC CAMLFC CFRMP is an author and entrepreneur based in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Not everyone can run a Bar : Special skills are required for certain types of businesses

How much of human life is lost in waiting? Do not wait until the timing is perfect. Proceed with your plans . Time waits on no one . Plan and execute. You have to state your intentions to the world and put it out in the universe. It will come back to you. The elements will line themselves up. Everything will fall into place. Start today,baby steps .Do not wait until the time is right. Do not wait for conditions to be favourable,just proceed and they will follow your lead. You have to guide the way ,you will become weary in waiting . Plan ,execute and repeat . Write your plans down for your records and tell your friends about it to remain accountable . Press on.

Antoinette Sydney LLB LEC CAMLFC CFRMP is an author and entrepreneur based in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Do not blow up too quickly: Enjoy the entrepreneurial ride

Do not expand to quickly, you may implode. I was contacted by a representative of a local telecommunications service  provider. He tried to convince me to advertise in  the local telephone directory. That way ,he said, I would attract new prospects. At the time I was discussing this proposition with a brilliant business professional. She asked me what I would do with all those incoming calls . She said that I may be overwhelmed and I agreed. The telephone directory also has an online version, the result is double exposure. I carefully considered the advice and I told the representative that I may contact him in the next 5 years.

I have been binge watching comedy series from the 80’s and 90’s. While watching an episode of “Sister,Sister” Lisa started a business, she made dresses and offered them for sale. Her first customer bought a dress and Lisa felt invincible. She started planning to attract new customers. She called the media houses and asked for quotations to place advertisements. She was advised by Ray that she should take it slowly and not expand too quickly. Lisa placed the advertisement and the same client came knocking on her door.Ray answered the door and gave the first customer a full cash refund and accepted the dress that she wanted to return. He hid the dress that was returned in order to protect Lisa’s feelings. Lisa was upset when she discovered the truth but she was determined to bring her dream to pass. She realised that she needed to conduct the business on a small scale then ,eventually she would expand.

I recalled a conversation with one of my clients , he indicated that equipment should not be purchased unless a contract was secured. He said that a business must be gradually expanded , creep then walk.

I want to appeal to you ,although you may be ambitious, life will knock your socks off. Be patient, trust the process. Do not take loans to acquire equipment if it seems that work is not forthcoming. The equipment has a minimum of 6 months warranty. In the event that you do not get any clients, you will not have cause to use the equipment and detect any flaws. The warranty may expire before you get a client. You will then have to pay to repair or replace the equipment. Should you decide to sell the equipment, you will lose money because of depreciation.

Remember success is 1% inspiration and 99% persistence , so please learn as much as you can, acquire contracts then expand,in that order.

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All about Annual Returns in Trinidad and Tobago: Do not incur a penalty each month for failing to file this document

Congratulations on registering your limited liability company. Please be gently reminded that there a few post-registration considerations such as tax compliance, AML/CFT compliance for listed businesses and the filing of annual returns with the Companies Registrar every year.

Importance of 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.

The following must be updated in the Annual Returns:

(a)Name of the Company

(b)The Registered Office of Company

(c) The Anniversary date of the Company

(d) Share Capital

(e)Authorized Share Capital

(f) Details of the persons holdings shares in the company

(g) The Total amount of indebtedness of the company (loans, mortgages, charges)

(h) Updated details of all directors of the company

(i) Updated details of corporate secretaries

(j) Signature of the corporate secretary or the director

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