Bulkhaul Limited is a company wholly owned by The Gibson O’Neill Company Limited. Under the provisions of the Finance Act 2016, The Gibson O’Neill Company Limited must make its tax strategy available free of charge on the internet. As The Gibson O’Neill Company Limited does not have its own website, the strategy has been published on the websites of the three main businesses comprising the group.
This document, approved by the Board of The Gibson O’Neill Company Limited, sets out the Group’s approach to conducting its tax affairs and dealing with tax risks for the year ending 30 June 2021.
The Gibson O’Neill Group comprises three main trading companies:
The Gibson O’Neill Group is committed to:
The ultimate responsibility for the Group’s tax strategy and compliance rests with the Group Board. Graham Redman is the director responsible for tax matters and is the Senior Accounting Officer. The heads of finance in each subsidiary company in turn hold responsibility for tax accounting arrangements within their own businesses.
Given the size of the businesses, the tax risk profile is considered relatively low:
The principal tax risks are reviewed on an ongoing basis by the Senior Accounting Officer. Internal controls and processes are in place with the aim of identifying and managing tax risks. In particular, the businessesundertake a review of controls to specifically guard against tax evasion, as required by the Criminal Finances Act 2017.
Where there is uncertainty in respect of the tax law to be applied, external professional advice is sought.In addition, there is regular contact with HMRC through the Customer Compliance Manager.
The Group is committedto act with integrity and transparency and to comply fully with UK tax law. We aim to make timely and accurate tax returns and payments which reflect our fiscal obligations to Government. Overall, we aim for certainty in our tax affairs.
To ensure that we are able to take advantage of all tax opportunities which are open to us we work together with our professional advisers to understand legislative change. The Group’s tax planning is driven by the commercial needs of the businesses. We accept that from time to time our interpretation of the tax law may be opposed to HMRC’s view and we therefore seek appropriate independent advice including tax counsel,as appropriate.We do not use artificial tax avoidance schemes to reduce our tax liabilities.
The Senior Accounting Officer formally meets with HMRC annually to review developments in the businesses and to discuss HMRC’s risk assessment of the Group. In dealing with HMRC, the Group is committed to the development of a strong proactiveworking relationshipand we seek to conduct our interactions with HMRC in an open, collaborative and professional manner.
The Group regards this publication as complying with itsduty under para 16(2) and para 25(1), Sch 19 FA 2016.
24 June 2020