Tax Policy

Basic View

  • Shimizu strives for transparent, sound corporate accounting in accordance with the Code of Corporate Ethics and Conduct formulated to ensure compliance management based on high corporate ethical values. These values are rooted in the company credo of the Analects and the Abacus. We also work to improve employee awareness of tax compliance and maintain a tax governance structure based on our recognition of Shimizu’s social obligation as a company to comply with the relevant tax laws and regulations in each country and pay appropriate taxes.
  • We understand that paying our fair share of taxes to contribute to the economic and social development of each country in accordance with an appropriate tax policy will earn the trust and support of all stakeholders.

Compliance with Tax Law

  • We make sure that we understand the legislative objectives and the social background behind tax laws and regulations in each country where we do business and comply with these laws and regulations, based on our Code of Corporate Ethics and Conduct.
  • Shimizu understands the importance of international initiatives such as the BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) project by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in ensuring transparency in taxes and preventing international tax avoidance. We also respond appropriately to changes in rules relating to international taxation.

Response to Tax Risk

  • Shimizu responds as appropriate to tax system revisions in each country, and endeavors to minimize tax risk on an ongoing basis to maximize shareholder value.
  • We follow appropriate tax procedures in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. When the interpretation of a transaction in our business activities with regard to taxes is unclear, we endeavor to reduce uncertainty in our tax position by seeking expert advice and otherwise examining the transaction sufficiently, and obtaining confirmation from the tax authorities in advance, when necessary.

Relationship with Tax Authorities

  • We endeavor to ensure transparency in tax matters and build a relationship of trust by maintaining an impartial relationship with tax authorities, providing the proper tax information to tax authorities in a timely manner, and responding in a sincere manner.

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