Our Fair Tax Mark Statement 2022

Our Fair Tax Mark Statement 2022

Fair Tax Mark Statement of Friendly Soap Limited (November 2022)

This statement of Fair Tax compliance was compiled in partnership with the Fair Tax Foundation (“FTF”) and certifies that Friendly Soap Limited (“the Company”) meets the standards and requirements of the FTF’s Solely UK-based Business Standard for the Fair Tax Mark certification.

Tax Policy

The Company is committed to paying all the taxes that we owe in accordance with the spirit of all tax laws that apply to our operations. We believe that paying our taxes in this way is the clearest indication we can give of being responsible participants in society. We will fulfil our commitment to paying the appropriate taxes that we owe by seeking to pay the right amount of tax, in the right place, and at the right time. We aim to do this by ensuring that we report our tax affairs in ways that reflect the economic reality of the transactions that we undertake during the course of our trade.

We will not seek to use those options made available in tax law, or the allowances and reliefs that it provides, in ways that are contrary to the spirit of the law. Nor will we undertake specific transactions with the sole or main aim of securing tax advantages that would otherwise not be available to us based on the reality of the trade that we undertake. The Company will never undertake transactions that would require notification to HM Revenue & Customs under the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes Regulations or participate in any arrangement to which it might be reasonably anticipated that the UK’s General Anti-Abuse Rule might apply.

We believe tax havens undermine the UK’s tax system. As a result, whilst we may trade with customers and suppliers genuinely located in places considered to be tax havens, we will not make use of those places to secure a tax advantage, and nor will we take advantage of the secrecy that many such jurisdictions provide for transactions recorded within them. Our accounts will be prepared in compliance with this policy and will seek to provide all the information that users, including HM Revenue & Customs, might need to properly appraise our tax position.

Company Information

The Company is a private company limited by shares, originally established in 1996 for the purpose of creating and retailing natural soap products to the public from an ethical and environmentally friendly standpoint. The Company’s retailed soaps and cosmetics are vegan, cruelty-free, plastic-free and made by staff who are paid a living wage.

The Company is owned and controlled by its two directors: Geoffrey Kerouac; and Robin Costello, who each own 50% of the issued share capital and voting rights.

The Company’s registered address is: Unit 6C, Topland Country Business Park, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 5RW – which is also its trading address.

Financial Data

Profit before tax for the year ended 31 March 2022 was £362,223. The actual current tax charge for the year was £70,761 (19.5%), while the expected current tax charge for the year was £68,822 (19.0%). The reason that the actual current tax charge for the Company is more than what would be expected is explained below in the following current tax reconciliation with accompanying footnotes:


 31 MARCH 2022


Turnover 1,840,285
Cost of sales (695,496)
Gross Profit 1,144,789
Other Income 11
Administrative expenses (774,536)
Interest expenses (8,041)
Profit before tax 362,223
Expected tax charge (19.0%) 68,822
* Depreciation in excess of capital allowances 2,348
** Capital allowances super-deduction (409)
Actual current tax charge (19.5%) 70,761


As at 31 March 2022, the Company had no deferred tax assets or liabilities; and over the last two accounting periods (ten months ended 31 March 2021, year ended 31 March 2022), there were no movements in deferred tax expensed or credited to the profit and loss account.

Related Party Transactions

For the year ended 31 March 2022, the total directors’ remuneration expense amounted to £73,140
(ten months ended 31 March 2021: £60,834). Directors’ remuneration consists of gross salary and
pension contributions.

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* Depreciation in excess of capital allowances - The accounting treatment of capital assets is usually different than the tax treatment allowable. This is because, in the accounts, an asset is depreciated over its useful economic life; whereas capital allowances are set rules in tax law applied to the type of asset. The differences, however, between the depreciation rate in the accounts and capital allowances claimed in the corporation tax return – are only timing differences – as eventually, the accumulated depreciation and the capital allowances claimed will equal one another.

** Capital allowances super-deduction - From 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2023, UK companies investing in qualifying new plant and machinery assets are able to claim a 130% super-deduction capital allowance on qualifying plant assets and a 50% first-year allowance for qualifying special rate assets. For qualifying new plant and machinery assets, the top 30% slice of the super-deduction allowance (i.e. the portion which exceeds the actual purchase cost of the qualifying asset) creates a permanent timing difference which will not be resolved by accumulated depreciation and capital allowances claimed equalling one another over the asset’s life (as explained in footnote 1). The tax saving which arises as a result of the 30% permanent timing difference is therefore presented separately in the numerical tax reconciliation.
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