Appendix B – Published Tax Strategy

Motorpoint Group PLC tax strategy – 31 March 2018

This tax strategy document covers the tax strategy for the Motorpoint Group which is headed up by Motorpoint Group PLC. The Group operates solely in the UK and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Group retails motor vehicles from its 12 UK based sites. The group includes the following entities

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Commitment to compliance

The Motorpoint PLC Group seeks to manage its taxation obligations in the UK in compliance with applicable tax laws and regulations, ensuring that available tax incentives and allowances are utilised and recognised where it makes commercial sense to do so giving regard to the costs of making the associated claims.  We act in accordance with all applicable laws at all times and are guided by relevant international standards. We aim to comply with the spirit as well as the letter of the law. We comply with disclosure requirements within required timescales.

We are committed to full compliance with all statutory obligations.  We seek to comply with our tax filing, tax reporting and tax payment obligations in the UK; to ensure that the right amount of tax is paid at the right time.  Whilst we seek to get things right first time we work in an environment of continuous improvement.   Any inadvertent errors in submissions made to HM Revenue & Customs are fully disclosed as soon as reasonably practical.

Attitude toward tax planning

The Group manages tax costs through maximising the tax efficiency of business transactions.  This includes taking advantage of available tax incentives and exemptions. This must be done in a way which is aligned with the Group’s commercial objectives and meets its legal obligations and ethical standards.

The Group also structures transactions in a way that gives a tax result they reasonably believe is not contrary to the intentions of the legislation concerned.

Level of tax risk accepted

The Group does not set formal quantitative risk limits in terms of levels of acceptable risk but tax risks for projects/transactions are reviewed and assessed on a case-by-case basis. The Group consider that it has a low tax risk appetite. 

Approach to dealing with tax authorities

We aim to engage with tax authorities, including HMRC, with honesty, integrity, respect and fairness and in a spirt of co-operative compliance. Our relationship with HMRC is managed through the relationship between the Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) and HMRC Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) and the business intention is to minimise the tax risk rating of the Group. 

Approach to tax risk management and governance arrangements

This strategy is aligned with our Risk Management approach and is approved, owned and overseen by the Board with the day to day management of risks delegated to the Compliance Committee. The Motorpoint tax strategy meets the requirements under Schedule 19, Finance Act 2016 in the UK and has been reviewed and approved by the Board.