Tax Strategy

Dart Group PLC Tax Strategy

This document outlines the principles of the tax strategy of Dart Group PLC and its subsidiaries, together “the Group”. The tax strategy sets out our approach to tax risk management and planning. The tax strategy has been approved by the Board of Directors (“the Board”) and will be reviewed annually and updated as applicable. It applies to financial years ending 31 March 2018 and onwards and is intended to comply with the requirements of Schedule 19 of the Finance Act 2016.

The Group’s tax strategy is to comply with all relevant laws, rules, regulations, reporting and disclosure requirements and to pay the correct amount of tax that is due.

Attitude to Tax Planning

The Group does not support or implement tax planning that is aggressive or artificial. All tax decisions and planning is undertaken in response to commercial activity arising in the business.

Governance and Management of Tax Risk

Tax risk is proactively managed by having a clear internal governance framework. The in-house Tax Team report to the Group Chief Financial Officer. The Group Chief Financial Officer has the role of Senior Accounting Officer and is required to have taken reasonable steps to ensure that each operating company has established and maintained appropriate tax accounting arrangements and that appropriate monitoring is in place over those accounting arrangements.

The Group Chief Financial Officer has responsibility for tax at Board level, communicating with, and advising the Board on the Group’s tax affairs to ensure:

  • the proper control and management of tax risk; and
  • the accuracy of tax values stated in the statutory accounts and tax returns.

On a day-to-day basis, all tax matters are managed by the Group’s Tax Team, which is integrated into the Group’s various business operations. The team provides support and guidance to the business in accordance with the Group’s tax strategy.

Approach to working with HMRC

The Group has the stated objective of maintaining a good working relationship with HMRC.

As such, the Group believes it is essential to:

  • make all tax payments in full;
  • fulfil all reporting obligations;
  • file all tax returns on time and on the basis of open and honest disclosure; and
  • communicate with HMRC in real time if determining the correct tax treatment for a significant transaction requires a high level of judgement.

To comply with its filing and reporting obligations, the Group aims to ensure that it has suitable tax accounting systems, robust controls and, as required, appropriate professional advisor relationships, to provide timely, complete and accurate information to HMRC, and that it maintains all records and documentation required.

The Group tax strategy was approved by the Board of Directors for publication on Dart Group PLC’s website on or before 31 March 2018, at a meeting held on 8 February 2018.