BOC AVIATION (UK) LIMITED (“BOC AVIATION UK” OR THE “COMPANY”) TAX STRATEGY
This Tax Strategy applies to the financial year ending 31 December 2023.
This strategy (the “Tax Strategy”) is being published in accordance with paragraph 19(4) of Schedule 19 to the Finance Act 2016 (the “Schedule”).
References to ‘UK Taxation’ are to the taxes and duties set out in paragraph 15(1) of the Schedule which include Income Tax, Corporation Tax, PAYE, NIC, VAT, Insurance Premium Tax, Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings, and Stamp Duty Land Tax. References to ‘tax’, ‘taxes’ or ‘taxation’ are to UK taxation and to all corresponding worldwide taxes and similar duties in respect of which BOC Aviation UK has legal responsibilities.
The purpose of this Tax Strategy is to give an overview of tax management within BOC Aviation UK. BOC Aviation UK is committed to full compliance with all statutory obligations and full disclosure to relevant tax authorities. The Company’s tax affairs are managed in a way which allows for the identification, understanding and mitigation of tax risks and costs in order to preserve the Company’s reputation.
Governance in relation to UK taxation
Ultimate responsibility for BOC Aviation UK’s tax strategy and compliance rests with the Board of the Company. Executive management of BOC Aviation UK’s tax strategy and compliance is delegated by the Board to the Chief Financial Officer of BOC Aviation Limited (“BOC Aviation”).
BOC Aviation’s tax department manages BOC Aviation UK’s tax affairs on a day-to-day basis. It is staffed with appropriately qualified individuals who are overseen by the Chief Financial Officer. The Chief Financial Officer reports tax affairs and risks during the year to the Board.
The Board of BOC Aviation UK considers tax risk as one of the factors in all investments and significant business decisions taken.
BOC Aviation UK actively seeks to identify, monitor and manage tax risks through a system of tax risk assessment and controls as part of the overall control framework. The Company has a prudent risk appetite and seeks to reduce the level of tax risk arising from its operations as far as is reasonably practicable by ensuring that reasonable care is applied in relation to all processes which could materially affect its compliance with its tax obligations.
Process owners in BOC Aviation review activities and processes to identify risks (including tax risks) and mitigating controls, and monitor them for business and/or law changes that impact the processes. Changes to processes and/or controls are made when required.
As required appropriate training is carried out for non-finance staff who manage, process or have involvement with matters which have tax implications, for example HR and the front office team.
Advice is sought from external advisers where appropriate. Examples of circumstances necessitating this would include the following:
- Where new tax legislation has been or is expected to be released;
- Where there is doubt over the interpretation or application of the legislation;
- Where the legislation is highly complex in nature; and
- Where the potential tax impact of a transaction is material.
Attitude towards tax planning and level of risk
BOC Aviation UK has a prudent risk appetite and low risk tolerance. The ongoing tax risk approach is based on principles of reasonable care and materiality.
BOC Aviation UK manages risks to ensure compliance with legal requirements to effect payment of the appropriate amount of tax in a timely manner. The Company follows the spirit as well as the letter of the law.
Any tax planning that may be implemented by BOC Aviation UK will be based on commercial drivers and rationale. The reduction of UK tax as the sole objective for either BOC Aviation UK or its clients or counterparties is not sufficient for a transaction to be treated as having genuine commercial purposes. The Company does not countenance tax evasion, either on its own account or in respect to its employees, customers or counterparties.
When entering into commercial transactions, BOC Aviation UK seeks to take advantage of available tax incentives, reliefs and exemptions in line with, and in the spirit of, tax legislation. The Company does not undertake tax planning unrelated to such commercial transactions.
Relationship with HMRC
BOC Aviation UK strives for transparency in internal and external tax reporting and communication. The Company maintains an open and constructive dialogue with HMRC and does not enter into tax planning transactions which could adversely impact its reputation with HMRC or the wider public.
BOC Aviation UK makes HMRC aware of changes in the business and seeks to discuss with HMRC any tax issues on a real-time basis. When submitting tax computations and returns to HMRC, the Company discloses all relevant facts and identifies any transactions or issues where it considers there is potential for the tax treatment to be uncertain.
Any inadvertent errors in submissions made to HMRC are fully disclosed as soon as reasonably practicable after they are identified.