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Tax strategy of Hanwha Techwin Europe
Hanwha Techwin Europe Ltd. are publishing this tax strategy for the 2018 financial year to comply with their duty under paragraph 16(2) Schedule 19 of the UK Finance Act 2016.
We (Hanwha Techwin Europe) act responsibly in all out tax matters, recognising the importance of paying the right amount of tax. We take an objective view of the generally understood interpretation of the relevant laws and regulations. We seek to build constructive relationships with tax authorities in the UK and provide transparent disclosure to ensure that all our stakeholders are well informed about out tax matters.
Hanwha Techwin Europe Limited (“HTE”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hanwha Techwin Company Ltd (“HTW”), a company incorporated in South Korea, and a member of the Hanwha group of companies.
HTE’s principal business is the purchase of CCTV and security products from its parent and the sale of these products via distribution throughout Europe and Turkey.
HTE is committed to complying with all aspects of UK tax law and practice. Compliance means ensuring the correct amount of tax is paid at the right time and all tax returns are submitted to HMRC in accordance with due dates.
This approach applies to all UK taxes applicable to HTE’s operations including corporation tax, VAT and payroll taxes.
We endeavour to contribute to the national economy and social development through improving productivity, job creation, faithful tax payment, and making contributions to society.
Governance & Management of Tax Risk
Ownership of our tax strategy, as with the wider business strategy, rests with Hanwha Group’s board and HTW in general. The day-to-day responsibility for tax rests within HTE, as taxes by their nature are levied on legal entities rather than on the Hanwha Group or HTW as a whole.
HTE and its parent company share a low risk approach to tax governance, and adhere to internationally accepted laws and regulations. If a risk is identified either in relation to compliance or the understanding of complex tax requirements, professional external advice is obtained.
HTE’s Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the company’s compliance with UK tax requirements and for the management of their tax risks. The finance team together with external professional advisors provide support to the CFO in relation to the preparation of tax returns, and observing and implementing changes to UK tax law.
HTW’s Compliance Team in Korea monitor HTE’s tax compliance and tax risk on a regular basis. Any risks thought to be significant are reported to the Board of Directors and to the Audit Committee. CFO provides updates on material tax matters as part of the regular updates to HTW and Hanwha Group’s board.
HTE has a conservative approach to taxation issues and seeks to ensure its tax affairs reflect the regulatory, legal and commercial environment in which its business operates. All decisions are taken after careful consideration of all the issues and potential impacts. HTE does not employ aggressive interpretation of the tax law, or partake in tax avoidance schemes which are contrary to the intention of the law.
The external tax advisers are consulted to provide advice on commercial transactions to identify risks and ensure tax compliance.
HTE’s operations are closely linked with that of its parent company, in particular through the purchase of goods for resale, product development and shared services such as the IT systems.
HTE is the representative of HTW’s business interests in the UK and Europe. HTE receives tax advice from our tax teams in Hanwha Group, HTW, and country level comprising individuals with a mix of industry and business knowledge and subject matter expertise, in order to ensure any tax implications of these operational arrangements such as transfer pricing, are adequately addressed to ensure both companies are compliant with UK tax requirements at all times. From time to time we engage external tax advisers to provide specialist expertise, to provide second opinions on significant transactions, and to help us with insight on industry practice. This situation is closely monitored both by HTE’s Chief Financial Officer and finance team, and HTW’s compliance team.
Interaction with Tax Authorities
We understand our tax affairs are complex, given the range of taxes that apply to our businesses and the cross-border dimensions that come from being an international group.
HTE has an open and transparent relationship with HMRC and endeavours to communicate with honesty, integrity and in a co-operative and professional manner, and enhancing mutual trust and cooperative relationships. If a situation arises requiring clarification or interpretation of a complex tax matter, HTE will aim to work pro-actively with HMRC to ensure HTE adopts the most appropriate treatment.
Hanwha Techwin Europe
31 January 2018