2019 NIKE UK TAX POLICY
This tax policy applies to the UK affiliates* of Nike, Inc. The UK affiliates regard this policy as complying with their duty under paragraphs 19(2) and 22(2) of Schedule 19 Finance Act 2016 to publish a tax strategy in the current financial year. Whilst not previously published, we have operated within the principles detailed below for many years.
We seek to identify, evaluate, monitor, and manage tax risks to ensure that we comply in full with our legal obligations. Additional assistance from external advisors is sought when required.
We are committed to compliance with tax laws and practices. We continuously monitor changes to tax legislation, ensuring that we take advice where appropriate from professional advisers.
Given the nature of our business and geographic footprint, it is inevitable that risks may arise with respect to the application of tax laws that are complex and uncertain at times. Whilst we do not have prescriptive levels of tax risk, we routinely seek professional advice where the application of tax law to a material transaction or a given situation is reasonably unclear or uncertain, or where specialist knowledge is required.
1. OUR APPROACH TO RISK MANAGEMENT
The UK tax strategy conforms with Nike, Inc.’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics “Inside the Lines” and is owned and approved by Nike Management and overseen by the Nike, Inc. Board of Directors and Audit Committee. The day‐to‐day implementation of the tax strategy is delegated to the EMEA tax team and supported by the global tax and controlling teams.
2. TAX PLANNING
In supporting the commercial and investment needs of the business, we take into a multitude of factors including tax laws in all countries in which we operate. This includes potential incentives and reliefs. Where legally possible, we will seek to take positive steps to eliminate the risk of double taxation. Any such action is done in a way that is aligned with the group’s commercial objectives and our legal obligations as well as the potential impact on our reputation.
We seek to comply with all relevant laws, including the OECD arm's length standard in relation to transfer pricing.
3. OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HMRC
We engage fully with HMRC in a co‐operative and compliant manner. As part of the engagement we regularly meet with HMRC to discuss and explain our business and any relevant tax issues that arise. We seek to resolve any differences through transparent discussion.
*UK affiliates includes the following entities: Nike UK Ltd, Converse Europe Ltd, Nike Retail BV UK branch, Nike 360 UK branch, Nike Vapor Ltd, North West Merchandising Ltd, Nike Chelsea Merchandising Ltd, Nike Mercurial I Ltd.