In July 2021, Ethical Consumer viewed the family tree on the Hoovers corporate database for Alibris. This showed that the company’s UHC, Alibris Inc., had two subsidiaries, Monsoon Commerce, Inc. and Monsoon, Inc, both in Nevada which was considered by Ethical Consumer to be tax haven at the time of writing.
An internet search was done for Monsoon in Nevada and it appeared to provide e-commerce services rather than need to be located there to serve the local population. However it was not clear if they were high risk company types for tax avoidance.
An internet search using the search terms “Alibris tax policy statement country” found no country-by-country financial information or reporting (CBCR), nor clear public tax statement confirming that it was this company’s policy not to engage in tax avoidance activity or to use tax havens for tax avoidance purposes, nor did the company provide a narrative explanation for what each group entity located in a tax haven is for, and how it is not being used for purposes of tax minimisation.
Given that Alibris had two ordinary subsidiaries in a jurisdiction on Ethical Consumer's tax haven list and no country-by-country financial information, nor adequate policy statement and narrative explanation, the company received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for likely use of tax avoidance strategies and lost half a mark under Tax Conduct.
Generic Hoovers ref (5 January 2021)