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Our commitment to tax transparency
For several years, Grosvenor’s property business has published Annual Reviews and Financial Statements that are consistent with UK and International accounting and reporting standards.
As a privately-owned business there is no legal obligation for us to make this information public, yet we believe in the importance of accountability and choose to be transparent.
Alongside the publication of information about the taxes we pay around the world, for many years we have also had and complied with a tax policy which lays down our approach to taxation matters. Its contents are reviewed annually by the Group Board.
We make, where we are able, a positive, informed and objective contribution to the debate on taxation matters as they affect our industry. We support measures aimed at enhancing the tax transparency of multinational corporations.
Our tax policy is published below in compliance with Part 2, Schedule 19 Finance Act 2016, in relation to the current financial year ending 31 December 2022.
The Grosvenor Tax Policy
The objective of our tax policy is to ensure that we fully comply with our obligations to pay tax and make tax filings, fully meeting the legal and compliance obligations in each relevant jurisdiction whilst recognising the legitimate requirements of all stakeholders.
Where possible, and reflecting our experience, knowledge and abilities, we engage in appropriate dialogue with relevant authorities or bodies, with the objective of helping to improve the appropriateness and quality of the taxation regimes in which we operate.
In applying our tax policy, we respect not only the letter of the law but its underlying intention. In the case of real estate, the underlying premise is simple – property should be taxed in the jurisdiction in which it is located. We pay taxes on realised economic gains and profits in accordance with the applicable laws.
In 2021, our economic share of tax payments totalled £119.4m. This was higher than last year, primarily due to an increase in UK property transactions which offset the reduction in corporate income taxes paid. Over the last three years, our economic tax contribution totalled £303.2m.