Tax Strategy Statement - United Kingdom

Introduction

This document, approved by the board of SARIA Limited, sets out the SARIA strategy and approach to conducting its tax affairs and dealing with tax risk.  The document will be reviewed periodically by SARIA, with amendments approved as appropriate.  It is effective for the year ending 31 December 2017. 

UK Context

The Parliament of the United Kingdom, in Finance Act 2016, has implemented a requirement that certain companies, including SARIA, publish annually a statement of their Tax Strategy.  This statement is intended to meet the requirements of that statutory requirement. 

The following legal entities, each a part of the SARIA group of companies, are subject to taxation in the UK, and covered by this statement:

SARIA Limited
Nortech Foods Limited
T Quality Limited
ReFood UK Limited
Sarval Limited
Sarval (Hartshill) Limited
Secanim Limited

SARIA Tax Strategy

SARIA is committed to conducting its tax affairs in accordance with the following objectives:

Commitment to Compliance

SARIA will make every effort to comply with all laws, regulations, rulings and information reporting requirements on a timely basis.  This includes remittance of the correct amount of tax on a timely basis and disclosure of all relevant information to the taxing authorities.

Attitude Concerning Tax Planning

In structuring our commercial activities, we will consider – among other factors – the tax laws of the UK with a view to maximizing value on a sustainable basis for our shareholders.  Any tax planning undertaken will have commercial and economic substance and will consider the potential impact on our reputation and broader goals. 

Accepted Level of Tax Risk

Given the scale of our business and the volume of our tax obligations, on occasion risks will inevitably arise in relation to the interpretation of tax law.  In accordance with the SARIA Tax Code of Conduct, we will ensure that the selected tax strategy is aligned with Saria’s overall strategy and approach to risk management, is consistent and is approved by the appropriate level of management.

Approach to Dealing with Taxing Authorities, including HMRC

SARIA seeks to foster positive and professional relationships with tax authorities based on integrity and collaboration.  We have our own customer relationship manager with whom we will approach to discuss any contentious/difficult area.

Risk Management and Governance

The management of SARIA’s tax obligations is carried out by a Compliance Manager, alongside the Senior Financial Management of the group. Advice is sought from external professional advisors as and when necessary. This strategy is approved and overseen by the Board through implementation of the SARIA Tax Code of Conduct.