Zebra Technologies Corporation | UK Tax Strategy



  • This webpage sets out the UK tax strategy of Zebra Technologies Corporation (“Parent”), which is a US publicly traded corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) and is the common parent of UK domiciled companies (“UK Group”) transacting business and subject to tax in the UK.
  • The UK tax strategy applies to all Zebra UK companies and supports Zebra’s business strategy and commercial activity in the UK. The UK tax strategy involves managing tax affairs in a responsible and transparent manner to comply with relevant legislation.
  • Tax compliance for Zebra means paying an accurate and fair amount of tax in the right place at the right time and involves disclosing all relevant facts and circumstances to the tax authorities and claiming reliefs and incentives where available.


  • The ultimate responsibility for Zebra’s tax strategy and compliance rests with Parent’s and UK Group’s Board of Directors and Senior Officers who ensure that the appropriate framework is in place to oversee the identification and management of tax risk.
  • Parent’s Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”’) is the Senior Officer with executive responsibility for tax matters. Zebra’s aim is to comply with tax law and practice in all the territories in which it operates.  Day-to-day management of tax affairs is delegated to Parent’s Vice President of Tax who has a team of appropriately qualified individuals.
  • The CFO is appraised regularly of all significant tax developments and participates in all material tax related decisions.


  • In structuring Zebra’s commercial activities, Parent will consider, among other factors, the tax laws of the countries within which it operates with a view to maximize shareholder value on a sustainable basis.
  • Any tax planning undertaken will be underpinned by commercial and economic substance and will have full regard to potential impact on Parent’s reputation, social responsibilities and broader goals. Transactions between group companies are conducted on an arm’s length basis in accordance with OECD guidelines and supported by appropriate documentation and studies.


  • Given the scale of Zebra’s business and volume of tax obligations, risks will inevitably arise from time to time in relation to the interpretation of complex UK tax law and the nature of compliance arrangements. Zebra proactively seeks to identify, evaluate, manage and monitor these risks to ensure it remains in line with the overall Parent risk policies and parameters. Where there is significant uncertainty or complexity in relation to a tax risk, external specialist advice may be sought.  The Parent maintains tax policies designating approvals which must be obtained prior to the execution of complex transactions which align to its Corporate policy for Delegation of Authority.


  • Zebra engages with all tax authorities, including His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), in a professional, open and collaborative manner.  We aim to respond to information requests in a timely manner and ensure that access is given to all relevant information.  We take care to ensure that our tax affairs are reported accurately.  If we were to identify an error in a submitted tax return, we would seek to rectify it as soon as reasonably practical to do so and disclose where appropriate.
  • From time to time, our views (or those of our advisors) on the appropriate tax treatment in any given case may differ from those of the tax authorities.  Where such circumstances arise, we will work constructively and proactively with the tax authorities in question with a view to achieving a resolution to any matters arising.
  • Only if, exceptionally, we cannot reach agreement with a tax authority and our position is validated by external advice, or where there is an industry-wide issue, would we be prepared to litigate on matters where agreement cannot be reached through discussion.  We would consider the potential impact on our reputation and on our working relationship with the tax authority before doing so.
  • In summary, Zebra will continue to maintain good working relationships and be fully open, honest and transparent in its dealings with HMRC in the UK and other tax authorities.


  • This UK tax strategy is aligned with Zebra’s global Code of Business Conduct and Core Values, which is approved, owned and overseen by the Zebra’s Board of Directors. The Zebra Group regards this publication as complying with duty under Schedule 19 of the Finance Act 2016. Its annual review is approved by Zebra Technologies Europe Ltd (“ZTEL”), a company incorporated and resident in the UK, having a role in overseeing the UK tax affairs of all Zebra subsidiaries and with the Parent Vice President of Tax serving as a ZTEL Board member.

Reviewed on: 28 November 2023