Tax footprint 2014
Finnish Industry Investment is reporting for the first time on the impact that taxes and tax-like payments levied on the Group’s operations in 2014 have on the society surrounding the company. More transparent reporting on the taxes and tax-like payments incurred by Finnish Industry Investment’s business activities is an element of Finnish Industry Investment’s corporate responsibility and now a part of its standard reporting procedure.
Tax strategy and operating principles
Factors relating to taxation are addressed when planning business activities and in the associated decision-making. Business decisions aim to take taxation into account as one factor in achieving the business targets and in ensuring a balanced position in terms of taxation.
Finnish Industry Investment’s tax strategy aims to support business solutions and to ensure their appropriate implementation also with respect to taxation. Private equity and venture capital investment involves a careful and thorough review of tax-related aspects in the preparation stage of both investments in funds and direct investments.
Finnish Industry Investment, in addition to investing in Finnish funds, also makes investments in foreign funds. The established practice in the private equity and venture capital industry is that funds are designed to be flow-through entities as regards taxation. This means that the fund itself is not liable to tax, but instead the income the fund generates is taxed at the investor level, according to the investor’s own tax status.
Under Finnish tax legislation, Finnish Industry Investment pays income taxes to Finland on the income it receives from foreign funds. This avoids double taxation. In handling its tax affairs, Finnish Industry Investment gives high priority to the thorough completion and timely submission of its tax returns, as well as to fulfilling all other requirements and obligations set by legislation.
Finnish Industry Investment’s business activities have produced a loss in recent years. Consequently, the company has no outstanding income taxes payable and the company has confirmed losses to offset against tax on future profits.
Principles applied in tax reporting
In this report the essential taxes and tax-like payments are classified by the type of tax. In line with the principle of essentiality (materiality), the following taxes have not been reported owing to their insignificant amount: asset transfer tax, excise duty, tax on certain insurance premiums, and withholding tax.