Our approach to tax
We are a responsible corporate citizen in all our operating countries. Kemira’s tax approach supports responsible business performance. Our tax approach is based on our corporate strategy, values, the Kemira Code of Conduct and our tax policies. We target upfront certainty on our tax positions. We do not operate in tax haven countries for tax reasons.
Our principle is to strictly follow and pay taxes in accordance with all relevant tax rules and regulations as well as international best practices in all regions where we operate. In addition to corporate income taxes, Kemira pays other taxes, for example payroll taxes, social security contributions, property taxes, value added taxes and customs duties.
Transparency and relationship with tax authorities
We are transparent about our approach to tax. We seek to develop and maintain good working relationships with the tax authorities and aim at open and constructive dialogue with them. Disclosures are made by observing applicable disclosure, documentation and reporting requirements such as IFRS.
Kemira applies the arm’s length principle and targets an appropriate remuneration of the activities amongst related parties in accordance with internationally accepted standards, such as the OECD Guidelines.
OECD BEPS action plan
Kemira is currently evaluating and preparing for the implications of the OECD BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) package for its business models and operating structures. Kemira monitors closely the BEPS related legislative changes and documentation requirement developments (e.g. Country-by-Country Reporting) as well as the response of the tax authorities in the states where it operates.