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WuXi AppTec UK Ltd. Tax Strategy
January 1, 2019
WuXi AppTec Group is a global pharmaceutical, medical device open-access capability and technology platform company. Since its establishment in 2000, the WuXi AppTec Group has grown to serve over 3000 customers and partners across the globe and is now listed on the SSE.
Headquartered in Shanghai, the WuXi AppTec Group has over 14,000 employees with 16 locations across China, United States and Germany.
This statement outlines the UK tax strategy of WuXi AppTec UK Ltd (“the company”) including the attitude to tax risk management, the attitude towards tax planning and a description of the company’s relationship with HMRC. As a member of a multinational group, the company’s tax strategy is guided by the principles and the code of conduct of WuXi AppTec Group.
The publication of this statement is considered to be fulfilling the company’s obligation under Paragraph 22(2) Schedule 19 Finance Act 2016 for the financial year ended 31 December 2019. This tax strategy is intended to provide a clear and accurate outline of the company’s approach to all aspects of tax reporting and compliance.
This tax strategy is owned and approved by the Board of Directors of WuXi AppTec UK Ltd.
Attitude towards tax risk management
The company is a trading subsidiary of the WuXi AppTec Group and therefore subject to a range of UK taxes on their activity. The Board of Directors of the company are committed to fulfilling its UK tax obligations through compliance with all UK tax law, regulation and disclosure requirements. This commitment includes paying the right amount of tax at the correct time, filing complete and accurate returns and only ever employing available tax reliefs in line with government policy. The company also employs professional advisers in the UK to ensure compliance with UK tax law and practice.
The overall responsibility for the tax strategy of the company rests with the Board of Directors of WuXi AppTec UK Ltd. The day to day management of the company’s tax affairs is undertaken by the company’s finance team. The finance team also consult with external advisers where it is required.
Attitude towards tax planning
When structuring commercial activities and arranging transactions, the company always considers the tax laws of the countries that they operate in. The company does not participate in artificial tax avoidance schemes to reduce its UK tax liabilities. The company only partakes in transactions that will be in relation to genuine commercial activity with economic substance.
Level of tax risk accepted
The company always adopts a proactive approach to identifying, evaluating and managing risks, with the aim of minimizing any tax risks that do arise. If there is a reasonable level of uncertainty surrounding any transaction or activity, external advisors will be consulted.
Relationship with HMRC
The company does not have a Customer Compliance Manager or other dedicated contact with HMRC but acts collaboratively to safeguard the integrity of the company’s tax affairs. The company complies with all applicable tax laws and regulations, maintaining an open and honest dialogue in all dealings with HMRC. In the event of any uncertainty as to the application of certain tax laws, a proactive approach of engaging with HMRC in advance of undertaking any transactions may be adopted to confirm the correct application of tax law.
This strategy is owned and approved by the Board of Directors of WuXi AppTec UK Ltd.