Policy overview

This Statement sets out the management of UK taxes by Lidl companies registered in the UK. It is published in accordance with Schedule 19 of the Finance Act 2016.

Lidl operates supermarkets in England, Scotland and Wales, with the mission to provide the highest quality products at the lowest prices on the market.

Lidl observes and maintains the highest levels of corporate governance and implements control frameworks to ensure compliance with its obligations within the global community. This includes properly accounting for taxes and paying the right amounts according to tax legislations in force.

Tax Planning

Lidl has responsibility for corporate, indirect, income and employment taxes in the UK.

Lidl engages in efficient tax planning that supports our business and reflects commercial and economic activity, will make use of available incentives and reliefs to reduce the tax cost of business, and will arrange its business affairs accordingly. However, Lidl will not knowingly make use of reliefs or incentives in a manner contrary to that intended by legislation, nor enter into artificial business arrangements whose purpose is solely for tax advantage.      

Lidl will not tolerate tax evasion corporately, by any of its employees, or by any of its business associates. In accordance with Lidl’s written procedures, employees caught engaging in tax evasion will undergo disciplinary procedures up to and including dismissal.

Relationship with the government

Lidl believes its obligation is to pay the taxes legally due in accordance with UK tax law as set by the UK Government.

Lidl’s tax affairs are a private matter between Lidl and HMRC. However, Lidl will not enter into tax arrangements which would not be fully justifiable should they become public.

Lidl actively seeks a professional, constructive and transparent relationship with HMRC and its representatives based on mutual respect and trust. Lidl will not deliberately conceal or knowingly misrepresent issues to HMRC.  If errors are discovered, they are disclosed.

Transparency

Lidl supports the principle behind multilateral moves toward greater transparency that increases the understanding of tax systems and builds public trust.

Risk Management And Governance

Lidl’s core business comprises the sale of purchased goods from its portfolio of stores. Its key tax business risks, therefore, lie in the purchase and sale of goods, remuneration of people, and real estate. Lidl has a very low risk appetite in relation to tax matters.

Responsibility and accountability for Lidl’s tax affairs is clearly defined in accordance with a Responsibility Matrix. This includes periodic reporting by Tax and Finance leaders within the business to the UK Board of Directors which is ultimately responsible for Governance and Oversight of tax matters and which approves Tax Strategy annually.

The Tax Function comprises a team of tax professionals led by the Head Of Tax and which work closely with Lidl’s Senior Accounting Officer, reporting to The Board.

Lidl manages its obligations in relation to all taxes as part of its overall business. Each is addressed within an overall control framework which includes:

  • close working between the Tax Function and operational departments
  • automation where possible
  • monitoring and reporting
  • internal audit reviews of tax compliance
  • consultation with outside advisers and HMRC where appropriate and necessary

Lidl will address Tax risks in the same way as other business risks: with diligent professional care and judgement to arrive at well-reasoned conclusions on how identified risks should be managed. Where there is risk arising from uncertainty of tax law application or interpretation, Lidl will seek appropriate written advice from third party advisers to support the decision-making process and consult with HMRC where appropriate.   In evaluating risk associated with the tax outcome of a particular transaction or decision Lidl will take account of:

  • legal and fiduciary duties of directors and employees
  • Group Core Values and policies  
  • Lidl’s place in the community and the maintenance of corporate reputation   
  • accounting standards and reported results
  • the wider consequences of potential disagreement with tax authorities, and any possible impact on relationships with them.

This Tax Policy Statement applies to accounting periods ended 28 February 2022.