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eBay tax strategy 2018
In compliance with section 161 and paragraph 19(2) of schedule 19 Finance Act 2016, eBay (UK) Limited and eBay KTA (UK) Ltd. (together ‘eBay’, ‘We’ or ‘Our’) are publishing their UK tax strategy for the year ending 31 December 2018.
Both businesses have a strong focus on corporate responsibility and see responsible administration and payment of taxation as a responsibility of our business.
Our overall UK tax strategy is to:
Risk management and governance arrangements
We want our UK tax affairs to be transparent and compliant with tax legislation, and recognise that managing tax compliance is increasingly complex. Our internal structure is set up to ensure:
We keep under review how we meet our tax obligations by seeking external tax advice and through regular dialogue with HMRC.
Attitude towards risk
Compliance with our tax obligations is key to managing our tax risk. We understand the importance of tax in the wider context of business decisions and have processes in place to ensure tax is addressed appropriately as part of our decision-making process. eBay is committed to complying with all applicable tax laws. eBay has a low risk appetite in relation to tax matters, assessing tax risk and making tax decisions with regards to its reputation and integrity.
Relationship with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
At all times eBay adopts an open and collaborative professional relationship with HMRC. It engages in full, open and early dialogue with HMRC to discuss tax planning, strategy, risks and significant transactions. It makes fair, accurate and timely disclosures in correspondence and returns, and responds to queries and information requests in a timely fashion. It seeks to resolve issues with HMRC in real time and before returns are filed if possible, and where disagreements arise, work with HMRC to resolve issues.
We undertake appropriate tax planning as part of our overall business strategy. We do not undertake aggressive tax planning, or deploy artificial arrangements to obtain a tax advantage. We aim to minimise any tax compliance risk and the negative publicity which would flow from that. Professional advice is sought on a transactional basis, with the extent of such advice being driven by our assessment of the risk presented by each relevant transaction.
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