The Otsuka group operates around the world and recognizes that the appropriate payment of taxes in accordance with relevant laws and regulations in each country and region contributes to the local economy in those countries and regions. The Otsuka group fulfills its tax obligations in accordance with the Otsuka Group Global Code of Business Ethics.
The Otsuka group complies with the Otsuka Group Global Code of Business Ethics, the group's tax policy, country-specific laws, regulations and tax treaties, as well as international taxation rules, and does not engage in transactions designed to evade the payment of taxes, but carries out the appropriate filing and payment of taxes in each country. We endeavor to appropriately disclose information and ensure a degree of transparency and trust when dealing with tax authorities in each country. The complexity of tax oversight increases as our businesses become more global. By continuously updating information and engaging in prior consultations with tax experts where necessary, we are appropriately responding in order to minimize tax risk.
Correspondence with Tax Authorities
The Otsuka group engages in constructive relationships with tax authorities in the 30 countries/regions in which it operates. We will continue to improve the reliability of tax data and establish systems to provide it promptly.
Transfer Pricing Policy
The Otsuka group calculates transfer prices based on the OECD guidelines that were created for the prevention of double taxation and fair application of the transfer price tax system, as well as each country's transfer price tax system, and makes efforts to ensure proper transactions between related parties. In recent years, the OECD has issued an action plan on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), in which multinational corporations engage in international transactions that lead to double non-taxation. We will properly execute our obligations to make submissions to relevant authorities. Also, when necessary, we make use of advance pricing agreements (APAs) to obtain ahead-of-time consensus with tax authorities.
We work to maintain and improve tax-related governance, recognizing that this contributes to the enhancement of corporate value. To this end, under the active involvement of the CFO, we are strengthening cooperation between departments and operating companies as well as securing and training capable human resources, thereby maintaining an appropriate system that enhances tax compliance and reduces tax risks. Furthermore, we have established reporting obligations to the Board of Directors and the Audit and Supervisory Committee regarding the abovementioned policies and processes, as well as their ongoing implementation and maintenance.
As a multinational enterprise, the Otsuka group recognizes that the appropriate payment of taxes in adherence with applicable laws and regulations in each country and region contributes to local economies. Among increased calls for tax transparency worldwide, we are committed to making improvements in this regard. In accordance with the Otsuka Group Global Code of Business Ethics, the Otsuka group works to ensure appropriate payment of taxes under a principle of compliance that is shared by all employees, including those at departments outside the purview of the CFO.
Moreover, we strive to build constructive relationships with relevant tax authorities by maintaining and providing reliable data.
In accordance with its tax compliance policy, the Otsuka group will implement effective management, strengthen governance, build constructive and positive relationships with respective tax authorities and fulfill its tax obligations in all countries and regions.
June 26, 2020
Executive Director, CFO