Dick Lovett Tax Strategy Information

The Group regards this publication as complying with its duty to publish its Group Tax Strategy for the year ended 31 December 2017 in accordance with current tax legislation.

General approach and use of third party advisers

It is the Group’s policy to comply with HMRC rules concerning all forms of taxation while taking advantage of accepted and efficient practices for minimising the cost to the business. However the Group does not take part in any tax avoidance schemes. The Group takes specialist advice from the taxation department of its auditors as and when appropriate.

Business tax arrangements

Corporation tax is a significant cost to the company. Advantage is taken of Group relief for losses where applicable as well as careful examination of the potential for claiming capital allowances on new expenditure which can be considerable in the case of new buildings. The Group employs specialist advisers to compute such claims. The Group also carefully examines all potentially disallowable expenditure for such things as entertaining customers so as to ensure the correct disallowance of the relevant amounts.

As regards PAYE and national insurance contributions the Group operates standard practices for its payroll. In the case of benefits in kind these are carefully monitored and reported to HMRC in the normal way. The Group also has in place a PAYE settlement Agreement whereby it is able to pay tax on behalf of an employee if it wishes to reward the employee without the employee bearing additional tax thereon.

VAT is a major issue for the Group. One area which is difficult for the Group is where cars are either imported or exported to or from the UK. The Group has in place detailed practices whereby every such transaction is carefully examined by one specific person who is well versed in these special rules so as to ensure the correct VAT treatment.

The Group also has to account for VAT on both the Partial Exemption Method and the Capital Goods Scheme. One specialist in the Group carries out these calculations on a quarterly basis so as to ensure the correct disallowance of the relevant amounts.

Overall monitoring of the Group’s taxation affairs

The Group Finance Director (who is a chartered accountant) takes overall responsibility for ensuring the Group’s compliance with all taxation rules and regulations. He keeps in close contact with the Group’s external advisers and also monitors the actions of the teams under him on a regular basis. He has in place a detailed set of systems and procedures covering all aspects of how the business is run from a financial point of view including tax matters where relevant.

The Finance Director keeps in regular contact with the Customer Relations Manager at HMRC for a discussion about any relevant matters that may have come to light during the year and any new regulations which might have an impact on the Group and aims to hold a meeting with that person at least once a year.