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The Benefits of Insurtech to Captive Insurers

Tax filing, wherever you are in the world, is becoming increasingly complex, with regular rate updates and governments eager to close tax gaps via new mandates that demand real-time reporting. Despite this, many captive insurers still rely on resource-heavy, manual procedures to capture, validate and process large volumes of data. As well as taking significant […]

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Navigating Insurance’s Digital Highway

From underwriting to reporting, the insurance industry is having to adjust and by choice or imposed, is embracing the digital evolution of its practices. On the reporting front, more tax authorities are forcing insurance companies to tailor their internal processes by jurisdiction, directly impacting the collection of information at the underwriting stage. Digitized services continue […]

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Frequently Asked Questions: Calculating Insurance Premium Tax Liabilities

Accurately calculating Insurance Premium Taxes (IPT) across Europe can be a challenge, especially when there are inconsistent methods of calculations and a vast array of taxes to understand. Our recent webinar How to accurately calculate IPT liabilities sheds light on the challenges insurers face in ensuring accurate calculations, the various calculation methods different territories use […]

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Spanish Registration and Filing Process

The Spanish tax system is one of the most complex in Europe. If the tax system and surcharges are not fully understood it can be a real challenge for insurance companies writing business in Spain or for those that want to start their business in this country. Spain has different taxes and reports that must […]

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Streamlined IPT: The Unspoken Benefit of M&As

Whilst M&A activity may have slowed down slightly, deals are still taking place and the future of many insurers could depend on a buy-out. Continued volatility in share prices could make a once expensive acquisition target more appealing than it once was. For sectors such as travel and events insurance, now could be the time […]

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Portugal – Are you Ready for the Changing Stamp Duty Reporting Requirements and What Lies Ahead?

With the fast pace of change happening on the global tax landscape, where tax authorities require more granular information with electronic tax submissions, it’s not surprising to see another country embarking on their digital journey. Portugal is now following in the footsteps of other nations by changing the way in which stamp duty is declared. […]

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Can IPT Drive Behavioural Change in the Population?

Unprecedented times. It’s a phrase that’s been used so much of late but the pandemic is certainly not the first incident that has adversely affected society on a global scale. Before coronavirus, there had been a strong focus on environmental issues and initiatives. With an increase in extreme weather incidents over the last decade, governments […]

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Should Insurers Receive an IPT Holiday From Their Governments?

It’s been a tough year for businesses. Whilst many have accepted that 2020 is likely to be a year to forget, unfortunately tax still needs filing and paying. Tax authorities have been understanding – nobody could have foreseen this – and there has been a concerted effort to provide SMEs with tax relief and postponements […]

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Filing Premium Taxes When Non-Authorised Insurer

A non-authorised insurer is the term used to describe an insurance company that isn’t licensed with a particular country to provide insurance. This can also be known as non-admitted insurance. The non-authorised insurer doesn’t have to comply with local laws and regulations, however, one consequence of not being authorised means it doesn’t get the same […]

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Pay-Per-Mile Car Insurance – How Do You Tax That?

Car insurance premiums are always making headlines. With the cost of insurance for younger drivers continuing to rise, a new generation of drivers are questioning the need to own a car. Many drivers who live in the city or commute often only use their cars on weekends, but the cost to insure a car that […]

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The Changing Landscape for European Captives and the Challenges Ahead

Over recent years, the number of insurance captives domiciled in Europe has stagnated, if not fallen.  Against this backdrop, the challenges faced by captives across the region are rising and in particular, following the COVID-19 pandemic. A specialized market in restricted jurisdictions Europe is the third largest insurance captive domicile in the world having around […]

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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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With Disruption at Unprecedented Levels, How is InsurTech Helping?

InsurTech companies are really getting their claws into the insurance industry. New products are coming to market, processes are being overhauled and end customers are benefiting from the positive disruption. From Zego’s flexible policies to By Miles pay-per-mile car insurance, new solutions are rewriting the rules of insurance to better serve customers. But are these […]

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In Focus: France’s IPT Landscape

France is usually known for the complexity of its insurance premium tax filing system with many parafiscal charges potentially applying to insurance premiums and with many overseas territories where IPT should be filed directly. Over the last decade, France has either introduced new taxes and contributions on insurance premiums or increased rates. Now, as for […]

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Remember, COVID-19 Isn’t the Only Challenge Facing Insurers

The coronavirus pandemic’s full effect on insurance is yet to be revealed, however one thing is for certain, the shockwaves will be felt for years to come. Looking at the numbers, Lloyds of London have recently forecast that COVID-19 will cost the insurance industry £167bn globally this year resulting from claims related to the pandemic […]

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Italian Parafiscal Complexities

Premium tax and parafiscal compliance for insurers authorised to operate under the Italian regime can be challenging. For the experienced, it may seem that each year brings a different obligation to be met with new requirements often being introduced. There are almost always links between an upcoming year’s reporting requirements and declarations made in previous […]

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Why IPT Reporting is so Complex for Insurers

Accurately calculating insurance premium tax (IPT) for reporting can be complex.  And the ramifications of getting it wrong can be far reaching from impacting profit margins to unwelcome audits, fines and damage to your company’s reputation in the market and with customers. Calculation methods When I speak to customers about how they calculate insurance premium […]

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Is COVID-19 Rewriting the Rules for how Insurers Cover Epidemics?

Coronavirus has already immeasurably changed how we live, work, travel and socialise, and the insurance industry is certainly no exception. Looking back, policies agreed at the beginning of this year could never have reasonably taken into account the scale of this pandemic because nothing like this situation has graced the world in living memory. Furthermore, […]

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