The different UK divisions of the HORIBA Ltd group are headed up by HORIBA MIRA Limited, HORIBA UK Limited, HORIBA Jobin Yvon IBH Limited, HORIBA UK Finance Limited and HORIBA Test Automation Limited.
Their policy is to comply with the tax laws and related regulations of all countries and regions in which they operate. The companies also adhere to tax guidelines announced by OECD and other international institutions.
In order to maximize corporate value, the UK companies aim to reduce their tax exposure by making use of reliefs available, as endorsed by each jurisdiction’s tax authority, and take steps to avoid double taxation. At the same time, the UK companies maintain compliance with tax requirements, obligations and policies.
This strategy has been approved by the respective Boards of Directors of each UK Company and is subject to regular review in order to keep up-to-date with changes to legislative rules and regulations. The publication of this policy is regarded as complying with the requirements of Part 2 Schedule 19 Finance Act 2016 in relation to the period ending 31 Dec 2022.
The tax strategy is set in consultation with the Finance Directors and Financial Controllers of the UK companies and is reviewed by the Board of Directors who are responsible for setting and monitoring the strategy.
The UK companies manage their tax risks by implementing the HORIBA group’s internal control system, actively maintaining a tax register and keeping up-to-date with changes in legislation. HORIBA’s policy and systems concerning corporate governance are published in the Securities Report and HORIBA Report, which are disclosed on the group’s corporate website.
To reduce tax-related risks, the UK companies take the following specific measures:
Acceptable tax risks are limited to those that can be controlled by the aforementioned HORIBA corporate governance system, given consideration to the credibility and reputation extended by various stakeholders. There are no set levels of acceptable risk and everything is considered on a case by case basis when significant events or transactions occur in the business. The stakeholders involved then consider the tax risks as appropriate, based on their experience, reaching out to advisors or tax authorities when relevant.
The UK companies comply with UK tax laws and HMRC regulations and only engage in tax planning that is aligned with their substantive commercial business activity. The companies also aim to carry out their affairs in the most tax-efficient manner.
The companies apply the arm’s length principle to transactions between connected parties and do not enter into any arrangements whose main purpose is the avoidance of tax.
The UK companies seek to develop a constructive and transparent relationship with HMRC. The companies make full disclosure to HMRC in all computations and returns, which are filed in a timely manner.
The UK companies work proactively with HMRC on tax matters, such as R&D tax relief claims, despite not having a Customer Relationship Manager.