Asahi Kasei Group Tax Policy
The Asahi Kasei Group endeavors to thoroughly comply with the laws and regulations of each country, and to prepare and appropriately apply internal company rules, based on the Asahi Kasei Group Code of Conduct.
In terms of tax, the Asahi Kasei Group also complies with the tax laws of each country in which it operates and makes appropriate tax payments in accordance with the laws by performing tax treatment based on internal company rules.
In addition, in order to maximize free cash flow, the Asahi Kasei Group makes its best effort to minimize tax risks, implement appropriate tax planning strategies, and make use of any available tax incentives. As a result, the Asahi Kasei Group aims at the maximization of shareholders' value.
1. Tax Compliance
The Asahi Kasei Group complies with the tax laws and regulations of each country in which it operates, as well as taxes guidelines published by the OECD. In addition, the Asahi Kasei Group ensures that each group company files tax returns and pays taxes within the due dates stipulated in each country.
2. Tax Governance
In the Asahi Kasei Group Code of Conduct that is obligatory for all officers, managers, and employees, the Asahi Kasei Group establishes that each group company understands the tax laws and performs proper and lawful tax treatment based on such laws, regulations, and internal company rules. Moreover, based on the Asahi Kasei Group Accounting Regulations, each group company is required to develop practical management of tax governance and appropriately report on their tax situation.
3. Managing Tax Risk
The Asahi Kasei Group performs tax treatment based on the tax laws, regulations, and internal company rules. However, the Asahi Kasei Group realizes that, in some cases, a difference of opinion with a tax authority may arise. If this is the case, the Asahi Kasei Group endeavors to mitigate tax risks by seeking the advice of qualified external tax advisors and consulting with the tax authorities in advance as appropriate.
4. Tax Planning
The Asahi Kasei Group realizes that it is important to undertake effective tax planning for commercial purposes. The Asahi Kasei Group implements tax planning conducive to cash flow in accordance with the legislative intent underlying the tax laws and regulations, and does not use tax havens for the purpose of tax avoidance. In case that any income is subject to CFC rules in accordance with the tax laws and regulations of each country as a result of carrying out plans for commercial purposes, the Asahi Kasei Group files a tax return and pays tax appropriately.
5. Transfer Pricing
The Asahi Kasei Group realizes that prices in executing international related party transactions are easily arbitrarily determined and it likely results in a tax risk in each country. In order to mitigate any risk associated with arbitrary transfer pricing methodologies, the Asahi Kasei Group establishes prices for international transactions among our companies that are in accordance with the arm’s length principle. Also, the Asahi Kasei Group prepares transfer pricing documentation in each country in which it operates based on the transfer pricing documentation requirements.
6. Tax Incentives
In each country in which the Asahi Kasei Group operates, various kinds of tax incentives have been introduced based on government policy. The Asahi Kasei Group continually studies the applicable laws and endeavors to enhance tax efficiency by making use of any available tax incentives to the extent that they fall within the scope of commercial purposes.
7. Relationship with tax authorities
The Asahi Kasei Group endeavors to build and sustain mutually respectful relationships with the tax authorities by responding to inquiries in good faith. The Asahi Kasei Group endeavors to address items suggested in tax audits appropriately. However, in the event that a dispute or difference of opinion arises with a tax authority, the Asahi Kasei Group requests for system of remedy for taxpayer rights only if the Asahi Kasei Group determines that tax reassessment by the tax authorities is likely not in accordance with the tax laws and that the system of remedy is appropriate in addressing the issues.