This document, approved by the Board of Huntswood CTC Ltd, sets out Huntswood’s policy and approach to conducting its tax affairs and dealing with tax risk for the year ending 30th September 2019, and is made available to all Huntswood’s stakeholders. The document will be periodically reviewed, and any amendments will be approved by the Board of Directors. Huntswood publishes this document in satisfaction of its duties under paragraphs 16 (2) and 19 of Schedule 19 of Finance Act 2016.
Huntswood is committed to full compliance with all statutory obligations and full disclosure to tax authorities and conducts its tax affairs consistent with the following objectives, to:
Responsibility and accountability for the Huntswood’s tax affairs is clearly defined in accordance with a Tax Responsibility Matrix, where processes relating to different taxes are allocated to appropriate process owners, who carry out a review of activities and processes to identify key risks and mitigating controls in place. These key risks are monitored for business and legislative changes which may impact them and changes to processes or controls are made when required.
Diligent professional care and judgement is employed to assess tax risks in order to arrive at well-reasoned conclusions on how the risks should be managed. Where there is uncertainty in how the relevant tax law should be applied, appropriate written advice evidencing the facts, risks and conclusions may be taken from third party advisers to support the decision-making process.
When reviewing the tax risks associated with a specific decision or action, Huntswood ensures that the following are considered:
Huntswood manages risks to ensure compliance with legal requirements in a manner which ensures payment of the right amount of tax.
Huntswood is committed to observing all applicable laws, rules, regulations, and reporting and disclosure requirements, wherever there is a requirement to do so as a result of our business presence and transactions.
Importantly, the key tax process owners will collaborate with the business to provide advice and guidance necessary to ensure compliance. In cases where the tax guidance is unclear or Huntswood does not feel it has the necessary expert knowledge to assess the tax consequences adequately, external advice will be sought to support the decision-making process.
There are clear management responsibilities, backed up by regular monitoring and review, carried out by the key tax process owners. All process owners have the necessary skills and experience to deal with their area of tax and appropriate training is carried out to ensure up to date compliance. All internal tax policies / processes are documented and are reviewed on an annual basis.
Huntswood is committed to the principles of openness and transparency in its approach to dealing with tax authorities.
All dealings with the tax authorities and other relevant bodies will be conducted in a collaborative, courteous and timely manner. In particular, Hunstwood commits to: