The tax strategy is published for the information of the interested stakeholders and to ensure that the Group also fulfils its responsibilities as set out in Part 2 of Schedule 19 FA 2016.
Tax strategy and tax risk management
Our strategy is to comply with relevant regulations whilst minimising the tax burden for the company. We seek to achieve this through a periodic review of internal controls, assessment of tax risk and accounting and engagement with our stakeholders including HMRC and other tax authorities, partners and customers. To guide us in this, we use and adhere to our tax principles, which are reviewed by the board regularly in conjunction with the Group Head of Tax.
We believe that our Tax Function may engage in tax planning initiatives and make use of incentives promoted by government authorities. We believe that any tax planning needs to be in line with our commercial interests and due consideration is given to our reputation, brand and most importantly our corporate social responsibility.
Tax risk and transparency
We are transparent about our approach to tax compliance, reporting and planning. Disclosures made are in accordance with the relevant domestic regulations and applicable reporting requirements. In order to maintain an acceptable low level of UK tax risk, the Group continually reviews and improves its procedures.
Relationship with tax authorities
Wherever we operate, we seek to establish and maintain an open and constructive dialogue with tax authorities and other government bodies, based on the disclosure of all relevant facts and circumstances. In this dialogue, we seek to provide clarity and establish certainty on all relevant local tax components in advance.