AIM Altitude Limited UK Tax Strategy

Introduction

This document sets out AIM Altitude’s approach and strategy for handling its tax affairs and managing the tax risk of its UK companies. This document is intended to meet the requirement to publish a tax strategy under Schedule 19 of the UK Finance Act 2016. It is effective for the financial year ended 31 December 2017.

The tax strategy applies equally to UK and to non-UK taxes and to all forms of tax including corporate income and indirect taxes as well as taxes associated with employees.

Objectives

AIM Altitude handles its tax affairs in accordance with the following objectives:

  • Ensuring compliance with all relevant tax law in all jurisdictions in which the Group operates.
  • Supporting the business in achieving its strategic objectives, whilst managing the associated tax costs in a manner that is consistent with the Group’s attitude to commercial risk.
  • Ensuring that all communication with tax authorities is conducted in a professional and transparent manner.

Risk management and governance

The directors of AIM Altitude have the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the compliance of AIM Altitude with tax law and regulations, the management of tax risks and providing information for our stakeholders. Responsibility for the tax strategy and the management of tax risk rests with the CFO. We report on a periodic basis to our board on how tax risks are managed and monitored.

We assess whether we have appropriate tax accounting arrangements to ensure the integrity of our tax returns and timely and accurate tax payments. We are committed to complying with all tax legislation applicable to our operations around the world. We ensure that the tax strategy is aligned with our overall strategy and our approach to risk management.

AIM Altitude recognises that tax laws are complex and compliance may be subject to different interpretation. To assist with compliance:

  1. We invest in internationally recognised accounting systems.
  2. We maintain sufficient financial internal controls and processes.
  3. Where necessary, we seek the assistance of external experts (for example, to calculate R&D tax credits).
  4. All our corporation tax returns (and federal returns in the US) are reviewed or produced by external experts.

Our approach to tax planning

In structuring our commercial activities we comply with the letter of the tax laws of the countries that we operate in with a view to maximising sustainable returns to shareholders. Any tax planning will have commercial and economic substance. We seek to maximise the benefits available from tax credits and other incentives offered by governments (such as R&D credits, intellectual property incentives) and we will not use artificial or contrived structures that seek to exploit shortcomings in tax legislation.

Dealings with tax authorities

Our approach to dealing with tax authorities (including HMRC) is to aim to maintain relationships that are constructive and based on mutual respect. We co-operate fully with audits and enquiries and wherever possible work collaboratively to resolve disputes and expedite early agreement of issues and uncertainties.