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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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In Focus: Easing the Pain of Negatives for Insurers

Anyone involved in insurance premium tax (IPT) compliance will be only too aware of negatives.  Sadly, they almost always cause a headache and not only for financial reasons but also from a tax compliance perspective as well. What are negatives? Negatives for IPT purposes mean negative policy lines in documentation created to support the premium […]

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Navigating IPT Regimes Across the French Overseas Territories

As we all know, insurance premium tax (IPT) differs country to country and if your company writes insurance cross border, tracking every jurisdiction’s IPT rate can be challenging. We’re often asked by insurers about IPT regimes in overseas France because they vary island to island. Not only does each territory maintain its own IPT regime, […]

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Portugal – New Stamp Duty Filing Requirements Delayed

The global tax landscape is rapidly changing as more tax jurisdictions require detailed electronic transactional reporting. This trend also applies to premium taxes, with Spain leading the way having introduced a new digitised reporting system and requesting Consorcio surcharges be declared on a transactional line-by-line basis. Greece shortly followed with detailed IPT reporting and most […]

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Spain’s Tax System – The Complexities of Compliance

Spain’s tax system is one of the most complex in Europe. For this reason, it presents a unique challenge for insurers when it comes to insurance premium tax (IPT) compliance. It has various taxes on insurance premiums with varying rates and several reports which must be declared. There are four provinces in Spain, each requiring […]

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What Cross-border Insurers Need to Know About French, Spanish and Portugese IPT

When operating across multiple regions, it’s challenging to stay abreast with every jurisdictions’ insurance premium tax (IPT) rates, particularities and exemptions. Country-specific filing and audit processes vary country to country too. If you operate in Portugal, France or Spain, or are looking to expand your business into these European territories, we’ve compiled a quick guide […]

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IPT calculations: The importance of getting it right

We are in unprecedented times where hour-by-hour change has become the new norm. This is particularly true across our industry as governments evaluate and assess every direct and indirect tax at their disposal as part of broader economic stimulus measure. Tax authorities across the world – national, regional and overseas territories – have acted decisively […]

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Brexit, the Saga Continues

The UK officially left the European Union at 11pm BST on Friday 31 January 2020, 10 months later than originally planned due to two negotiation period extensions. Both are now in a transition period due to end on 31 December 2020.  During this period, the conditions of the new relationship will be redefined and agreed. […]

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Insurance Trends: The Reshaping of the Insurance Market

The insurance market for 2019 was marked by two key trends:  insurers implementing post-Brexit strategies, and the continuous rise of insurtech companies. But classic and more traditional insurance companies and captives have not surrendered. A hard Brexit has been anticipated by UK insurers British insurance companies have carefully planned for the different flavours of Brexit […]

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Insurance Premium Tax Across Europe – 2019 A Year in Review

Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) doesn’t represent a significant share of the total revenue generated by tax authorities.  In the UK for instance, it only accounts for 1% of the total revenue while the share rises to just 4% in Germany. However, over the past five years there has been a regular increase in the amount […]

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Technology Enhancements in Insurance

The insurance world is often seen as slow and reluctant to fully embrace technology. However, new competition from the growing number of insurtech companies and the digitisation of reporting to local authorities are forcing insurers to wake up to the wave of technology transformation the sector is experiencing. Still, people behind technology remain key. Perhaps […]

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