Reports & policies
Date of publication: 7 July 2021
SHOP DIRECT HOLDINGS LIMITED
SUB-GROUP TAX STRATEGY – FINANCIAL YEAR ENDING 30 JUNE 2021
Shop Direct Holdings Limited is the head of a UK sub-group (“the Group”) as defined in paragraph
11(2) of Schedule 19 to the Finance Act 2016. This strategy is published on behalf of the Group in
compliance with the duty under paragraph 19 of the Schedule and in accordance with paragraph 20
Risk management and governance
The primary objective of the Group’s approach on tax policy is to maintain a low-risk tax profile both
in the UK and in other tax jurisdictions.
In relation to UK taxation, this is achieved by regular reviews and updating of established internal
procedures to ensure that they remain effective in meeting this objective. The responsibility for this
lies with an internal tax team of appropriately qualified and experienced individuals who keep the
Board informed of progress and issues on a quarterly basis or more frequently when circumstances
Tax meetings and Senior Accounting Officer meetings involving key individuals from outside the tax
team are held periodically to manage this process. Matters discussed at these meetings include new
tax legislation and identified tax risks on which appropriate action is agreed and subsequent progress
External advisers are used where assistance is deemed necessary, for example, to interpret new rules,
to assist compliance therewith or to manage complex matters.
Attitude towards tax planning
The Group expects to apply the correct tax rules and regulations to all its commercial transactions and
does not undertake transactions which are solely tax-driven with no commercial purpose.
Level of risk in relation to UK taxation
The Group aims to pay taxes that are properly due and to do so in a timely manner. To this end, it
keeps abreast of legislative changes to ensure compliance therewith and ensures that the data used
in its tax returns are accurate and that calculations applied produce the right amount of tax.
Uncertainties are referred to HMRC in advance of proposed transactions or compilation of tax returns.
Approach towards dealings with HMRC
The Group aims to maintain a constructive working relationship with HMRC in a climate of increased
mutual openness and transparency. The Group believes that regular contact with HMRC to advise of
any significant changes or developments in the Group’s businesses or structures and to liaise on
technical issues is essential to continued engagement. HMRC’s welcome help and support throughout
the pandemic underlined the value of this approach.
It has been and remains the Group’s policy to notify HMRC without delay of any of errors that have
come to light whether they be in returns rendered or have occurred within processes.