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The Anderson Group Limited 

Tax Strategy 

31/12/2020 

This document relates to financial year ending 31 December 2020. 

Introduction 

The Anderson Group Ltd is a privately owned business with its origins in road haulage operations, and has expanded into property investment and other automotive operations over time. The haulage element was established in 1946, comprising Sam Anderson (Newhouse), T McMillan Transport & F Short Ltd, although the decision was taken in 2020 to cease these operations. The group added Northside Truck & Van Ltd a Mercedes commercial vehicle dealer in 2004 and Alloy Bodies a commercial vehicle body builder based in Manchester in 2017. 

The group is based entirely in the UK and operates from a Head Office and haulage location in Scotland, seven Mercedes commercial sites across Yorkshire and Humberside, and a body builder in Manchester. 

Tax Risk Management 

The business mitigates business tax risks with a robust multi-site independent finance team operating a standardised accounting system governed by strict accounting policies and procedures. 

The business operates independent accounting for each group company under the control of three local accountants reporting directly into the Group Finance Director. 

The Group Finance Director sits on the Parent Board and reports to the CEO and Chairman. 

This reporting structure provides a strong level of financial control. 

The group’s management systems and division of duties in the accounting centres ensures the integrity of all accounting entries. The nominal ledger is structured to allow the company to accurately report its tax liabilities. 

Payroll and HR Administration are controlled by senior finance management at each company and are under direct control of the Group Financial Director, this allows strong control of PAYE and benefits taxes. 

Further scrutiny and review of all submissions to HMRC is conducted by the Group Finance Director This adds a further level of control. 

BDO oversees the production of the Groups Corporation Tax Returns and provide further specialist tax advice as required. In addition, the Group Finance Director has direct responsibility as the SAO for the group allowing ongoing review and development of strict policies with regard to accurate tax recording and reporting. 

Tax Planning 

The Group maintains sufficient accounting systems and internal controls to ensure accurate records are held for completion of all tax returns it is legally obliged to complete. The Groups aim is to pay the correct amount of tax to the UK tax authority. 

BDO provide expert guidance on all of the Anderson Group Ltd’s tax matters including the completion of the Group’s annual corporation tax returns. 

The Groups tax planning revolves around ensuring all its legal obligations are met.