DOKS® optimises and simplifies the process of customer identification and due diligence for accounting firms and other actors in the financial sector. A key obligation of the Act on Preventing Money Laundering is to produce a customer-specific risk assessment. Accounting firms and other companies in the financial sector are well placed to recognise and prevent criminal activities.
The aim of the act is to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing, promote the disclosure and investigation of such activities and to enhance the tracing and seizing of the proceeds of crime.
Accounting firms must identify and verify the identity of their customers. Beneficial owners must be identified as well as verified if they are from a high-risk country or the customer has been assessed as high-risk for other reasons. The information must be stored in a reliable way and archived for five years after the customer relationship has ended.
Compliance with the law is supervised by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland. It is the duty of the Regional State Administrative Agency to supervise that the obliged entities, such as accounting firms, comply with the provisions of the Act on Preventing Money Laundering. The Regional State Administrative Agency also has the right to carry out inspections in the premises of obliged entities.