This document sets out the tax strategy of CIMC Tank Engineering & Service Ltd (‘CTES’). It is published on CTES’s website and is publicly available to all stakeholders for the purposes of complying with paragraph 16(2) of Schedule 19 of the Finance Act 2016.
The company ensures the strategy is in line with the parent group’s approach to corporate governance and risk management.
CTES pays tax in accordance with all relevant laws and regulations in the countries in which the group operates. CTES’s approach is based on the following principles:
The company operates an effective tax control framework to identify key tax risks and manages those risks through appropriately designed and operated controls. In operating our tax risk management and governance processes, CTES has a low appetite towards tax risk. We are committed to full compliance with our tax obligations, paying the right amount of tax at the right time. We seek to ensure that our tax arrangements remain consistent with a low risk assessment, both in financial and reputational terms.
This is ensured through:
The company has identified tax risks, which are maintained on risk registers that are reviewed regularly by the finance team.
CTES does not engage in any artificial tax arrangements. It has a strong commercial focus and to meet its objective to control unnecessary costs, the group utilises tax reliefs and allowances prescribed by the legislation in the way in which they are intended to be used. Transactions between group companies are conducted on an arms-length basis in accordance with appropriate transfer pricing rules. This ensures the group’s profits are taxed where economic activities are performed.
The group’s annual Corporation Tax returns are prepared by external advisors and reviewed for accuracy and completeness by the finance team before submission to HMRC.
When considered necessary, the finance team engages external advisors to provide technical expertise when required.
CTES is committed to acting with integrity at all times and engage with HMRC openly and constructively. We feel this is the best way to ensure that we pay the right tax at the right time and to maintain a good working relationship with HMRC. Where appropriate we endeavour to engage with HMRC as soon as possible in any areas of material uncertainty, so as to minimise our tax risk and to provide greater certainty for both parties in advance of formal tax filings.
This tax strategy has been approved by the Board of Directors and is effective for the year ending 31 December 2021. It will be reviewed and updated where appropriate annually. The Board is responsible for setting and monitoring the strategy and the finance team is accountable to the Board for the implementation of the strategy and management of tax risk.