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This document sets out the tax related strategy of the Skyscanner Holdings Group (“Skyscanner”)as at 31st December 2017.
The tax strategy provides a framework within which Skyscanner operates. This is aligned to Skyscanner’s culture, Customer Charter and commercial objectives. It represents a commitment to comply with tax obligations and laws in all jurisdictions; and ensure a transparent and open relationship with tax authorities.
Commitment to transparent compliance
Compliance for us means paying the right type of tax, the right amount of tax in the right place at the right time and involves disclosing all relevant facts and circumstances to the tax authorities.
At Skyscanner we seek to exhibit transparent compliance across the group. Where cross-border transactions occur within the Skyscanner group, we aim to be consistent in our approach with transactions being priced on arms-length terms using available benchmarks to ensure a fair exchange of compensation.
Through financial education, we encourage our employees to understand their tax reporting obligations for the payments they receive as a result of their employment with us.
Effective risk management
Given the scale of our business, volume of tax obligations, and changing nature of tax legislation, risks will inevitably arise from time to time in relation to the interpretation of tax law, and nature of our compliance arrangements. We proactively seek to identify, evaluate, manage and monitor these risks to ensure they remain in line with the group’s attitude towards tax as described above. Where there is significant uncertainty or complexity in relation to a risk, external advice may be sought.
Skyscanner’s Board assumes overall responsibility for tax management, with day-to-day responsibility delegated to the Head of Tax, who reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer.
The in-house Tax Department seeks to develop and maintain:
- Knowledge: keeping up to date with legislation and regulations through structured training, use of reference materials, attendance at relevant conferences and use of on-line resources.
- Accuracy and control: ensuring processesare in place to embed tax risk management
- Insight: engaged with the business to support the commercial objectives and provide guidance on risks and obligations
Skyscanner uses external tax specialists where appropriate to assist with non-UK filings, to advise on individual transactions or projects, and provide clarification on legislative changes as required.
Responsible attitude to arranging our tax affairs
In structuring our commercial activities, we seek to fully understand the tax laws of the countries within which we operate and strive to pay and report taxes, considering both the tax law and spirit.
We claim government approved reliefs and incentives where available. We do not undertake planning that is contrived or artificial, nor make any special agreements with local tax authorities. Instead we seek to fairly contribute to the local economies reflecting commercial and economic substance.
Constructive, collaborative approach to engaging with tax authorities
Skyscanner engages directly with tax authorities, including HMRC, with honesty, integrity, respect and fairness and in a spirt of co-operative compliance. We expect all advisors working on our behalf to do the same.
Skyscanner seeks to resolve any disputed matters through pro-active and transparent discussion.
This strategy is aligned with Skyscanner’s culture and is approved, owned and overseen by the Board.
Skyscanner regards this publication as complying with the duty under paragraph 19(2) Finance Act 2016.
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