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IPT Compliance in Finland: 2021 Tax Filing Changes and the Introduction of the Suomi System

Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) is complex. For insurers, keeping up with changing rates, rules and regulations can be challenging especially when writing across multiple territories. Sovos’ Guide on IPT Compliance, written by our experienced team of IPT and regulatory specialists, looks at the significance of digital transformation and helps paint a picture of a diverse […]

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How Historic Legislation can Make IPT Compliance Complicated

Legislation is always evolving, and legislation covering Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) and the relevant parafiscal taxes is no different. As IPT is so niche, references to other legislation are often made – this can be to a finance act, VAT, or another piece of tax related legislation. And on top of this, there are the […]

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Sovos Unveils Browser-Based Interface for Statutory Reporting Solution

At our Insurance Regulatory Summit, we announced the launch of the Web App, a new browser-based interface for the Sovos Statutory Reporting solution. The Web App is an addition that can further help users  comply with statutory reporting and state filing requirements.  The Web App was created for and by Sovos users to deliver a […]

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Meet the Expert: James Brown, Principal Compliance Services Representative

Meet the Expert is our series of blogs where we share more about the team behind our innovative software and managed services. As a global organisation with indirect tax experts across all regions, our dedicated team are often the first to know about new regulatory changes and latest developments on tax regimes across the world, […]

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Location of Risk: Goods in Transit Insurance Premium Tax

Goods in transit insurance is defined in the Solvency II Directive 2009/138/EC (25 November 2009) within Annex I Classes of Non-Life Insurance under class 7. It includes merchandise, baggage, and all other goods and the insurance relates to all damage to or loss of goods in transit or baggage, irrespective of the form of transport. […]

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Insurance Premium Tax Returns: Italian IPT Books

The proper supporting documentation of a tax return has always been required by the local tax offices. In this blog we will focus on the supporting documentation of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) returns, especially the Italian requirements. Although the requirements for the preparation of IPT supporting documentation differs from country to country, the details of […]

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IPT Compliance in the UK: What Does the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Act Mean for Insurers in Greater London?

IPT compliance is complex, especially when insurers are writing across multiple regions, jurisdictions or boroughs.

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Meet the Expert: Daniela Dinkova – Compliance Services Manager at Sovos

Meet the Expert is our series of blogs where we share more about the team behind our innovative software and managed services. As a global organisation with indirect tax experts across all regions, our dedicated team are often the first to know about new regulatory changes and latest developments on tax regimes across the world, […]

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Digitization of Reporting – Will Insurance Premium Tax Follow VAT’s Lead?

Increasingly, technology is being infused into our day to day lives to simplify and streamline activities. From home to the workplace and everything in between, digitization can help us by removing time consuming activities, while also using the power of data to provide insights. The digitization of tax In this context, revenue authorities are digitizing […]

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Understanding Aviation Hull and Aviation Liability

In Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) compliance, the Aviation Hull and Aviation Liability policy is defined under Annex 1, Classes of Non-Life Insurance, as described in DIRECTIVE 138/2009/EC (SOLVENCY II DIRECTIVE). But there are variations and identifying which class the policy is covering can be a challenge. This article will cover what insurers need to know […]

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How Insurers can Prepare for Tax Authority Audits

A tax authority audit can come in various forms, whether it be directly to the insurer itself or indirectly through a policyholder or broker. It can be targeted, for example, where an insurer has been specifically identified to be investigated due toa discrepancy on a tax return, or it can be indiscriminate in its nature […]

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German IPT Law Changes and Double Taxation Implications

Insurance Tax Act reforms in Germany, effective from 10 December 2020, continue to cause uncertainty in the insurance market. The main area of concern relates to the location of risk for Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) purposes. The reform can impact a policy taken out with either an EEA or non-EEA insurer where the policyholder is […]

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The Five Pillars of IPT Compliance

For anyone relatively new or unfamiliar with insurance premium tax (IPT), an understanding of each of the core components is key to ensuring compliance. They also sit in a logical sequence of five distinct areas. Location of risk Class of business Applicable taxes and tax rates Declaration and payment Additional reporting  1.Location of risk rules […]

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Meet the Expert: Wendy Gilby – Technical Product Manager at Sovos

Meet the Expert is our series of blogs where we share more about the team behind our innovative software and managed services. As a global organisation with indirect tax experts across all regions, our dedicated team are often the first to know about new regulatory changes, ensuring you stay compliant. We spoke to Wendy Gilby, […]

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Portuguese Stamp Duty and How Reporting is Changing

The introduction of the new Portuguese Stamp Duty system has arguably been one of the most extensive changes within IPT reporting in 2021 even though the latest reporting system wasn’t accompanied by any changes to the tax rate structure. The new reporting requirements were initially scheduled to start with January 2020 returns. However this was […]

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IPT Location of Risk Changes: Your Questions Answered

As our webinar explored in depth, location of risk rules are complex and constantly evolving. The Sovos compliance team covered many topics on the session, such as sources for identification of the location of risk and location of risk vs location of the policyholder. Despite this deep dive, there were plenty of questions that we […]

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Portugal’s Unique Fire Tax Reporting System

Treatment of fire charges is tricky in almost all jurisdictions. Fire coverage can vary from as high as 100% to 20%. No-one would dispute that the most complex fire charge treatment is in Spain. In Portugal, whilst the rules are less complex, they have a unique reporting system for how the policies covering fire must […]

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How Insurers Can Prepare for Annual Reporting Requirements

Some European tax authorities require annual insurance premium tax (IPT) reports to be submitted for the calendar year in addition to regular monthly or quarterly reporting. Annual reports usually require significant detail, making the process time consuming and labour intensive for insurers. Annual reporting requirements vary from country to country, making it complex for cross-border […]

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