Posted: 25 / 05 / 2023

Article by: Sarah Richards, Group Head of Tax
Image: Simon Walker / No10 Downing Street, OGL 3, via Wikimedia Commons


Tax risk management is crucial for all businesses operating in the UK. Tax risks can arise in various forms, such as incorrect tax calculations, non-compliance with tax regulations, and tax avoidance schemes.

These risks can lead to significant financial and reputational costs, including tax penalties, fines, and damage to a company’s reputation.


What is tax risk management?

Tax risk management is the process of identifying, assessing, and managing risks related to a company’s tax obligations. This includes understanding relevant tax laws and regulations, assessing the risks associated with tax activities, and implementing controls and processes to manage them.


Why is tax risk management important for UK businesses?

There are several reasons why tax risk management is crucial for UK businesses:

  • Compliance. The UK tax system is complex and constantly changing. By managing tax risks, businesses can ensure that they are compliant with the latest tax laws and regulations.
  • Financial stability. Tax risks can have a significant impact on a company’s financial stability. By managing these risks, businesses can avoid unexpected tax liabilities, penalties, and fines.
  • Reputation. Failure to manage tax risks can damage a company’s reputation, particularly if it is seen as evading tax obligations or engaging in aggressive tax planning.
  • Competitive advantage. Good tax risk management can give a business a competitive advantage by reducing costs, improving efficiency, and increasing transparency.


How can businesses manage tax risks?

There are several steps that UK businesses can take to manage tax risks effectively:

  • Establish a tax risk management framework. This includes identifying the key tax risks facing the business, developing policies and procedures to manage these risks, and assigning responsibility for tax risk management to a specific individual or team.
  • Stay up-to-date with tax laws and regulations. Tax laws and regulations are constantly changing, so it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest developments to ensure compliance.
  • Conduct regular tax risk assessments. Businesses should regularly assess their tax risks to identify any potential areas of non-compliance and to develop strategies to manage these risks.
  • Implement internal controls. Internal controls ensure that tax processes are consistent, transparent, and effective. For example, businesses can implement automated tax software to ensure accurate tax calculations and reporting.
  • Seek professional advice. Tax risk management can be complex, so businesses may need to seek advice from tax professionals, such as accountants or tax lawyers.
  • Training. It’s essential to provide tax training to employees who are involved in tax activities so that they understand their responsibilities and can identify and manage tax risks effectively.





Avoid financial and reputational costs, and gain a competitive advantage.

It’s essential that businesses take steps to identify and manage tax risks. Taking positive action to ensure compliance with tax laws and regulations are vital for businesses to avoid financial and reputational costs and gain a competitive advantage.

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