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Interpreting Insurance Tax Legislation

Tax legislation is sometimes structured, or worded, ambiguously.  This leaves scope for a number of different interpretations for the treatment of tax on insurance policies, some leading to a lower tax liability than others. This can often be seen when different insurance premium tax (IPT) rates apply to specific sub-classes of the same business or […]

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Under the Bonnet of Motor Insurance

When it comes to motor insurance, everything is high; high tax rates, high volumes of tax administration and high levels of complexity.  A thorough understanding and the implications of each is key to tax compliance. High rates Motor insurance claims the title of the highest premium tax rate in Europe. The Danish tax on motor […]

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HRMC Launches Consultation on the Operation of Insurance Premium Tax

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) – the UK Government department responsible for the collection of taxes – is undertaking a call for evidence to understand how the administration and collection of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) can be modernised and how it can address emerging practices that may lead to unfair tax outcomes. The aim […]

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Knowing When and How to Reclaim IPT

An insurer may need to reclaim insurance premium tax (IPT) from a tax authority for many reasons. These include a policy cancellation or mid-term adjustment, an administrative error or issuing a no claims bonus. In each case, it’s important to be aware of the issues involved ahead of any reclaim to ensure taxes are recovered […]

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Key Reporting Considerations for Insurers Writing Insurance Across the EU

Freedom of services insurers are faced with a number of different obligations when entering new territories and writing insurance business within the European Union.  One that may initially be overlooked relates to which policy details are required to be recorded and then reported to the tax authorities.   It is essential that all insurance premium […]

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How to Calculate Hungarian Insurance Premium Tax

Many insurance premium taxes (IPT) and levies exist throughout Europe and, due to the lack of tax harmonisation, there are no general rules governing how the tax is calculated.  There are a number of different ways to calculate these taxes that are used across the EU including percentage rate, fixed amounts, sliding scales and other […]

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The Cost of Getting it Wrong – The Benefits of Getting it Right

Premium taxes shouldn’t be overlooked as pressure mounts for insurers to protect profit margins. The UK insurance market in recent years has achieved on average a combined ratio of 95%, meaning that for every £100 of premium income written, the insurer makes an underwriting profit of £5. If you then consider that the standard rate […]

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Italian Prepayments Can Be Painful

Some insurance premium tax regimes operate a kind of prepayment mechanism, whereby insurers are required to pay an amount to the tax authorities in anticipation of future tax liabilities.  This credit is then drawn down on or adjusted as and when actual tax liabilities crystallise.  Prepayment should not, therefore, represent an additional cost to insurance […]

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New Terrorism Compensation Scheme Introduced in Denmark

The Danish government has introduced new law creating a state-owned insurance scheme for compensation for losses arising from a terrorist attack using chemical, biological, nuclear and radioactive (CBNR) weapons. The scheme comes into effect on 1 July 2019. There had been concerns that CBNR terror coverage available in the market was limited and, as it […]

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Brexit Contingency Plan: IPT implications

Brexit has been the main topic on the news and in our conversations for almost three years, and if we thought we would get some answers by the end of March 2019, then we were definitely wrong!  There are now even more questions to answer and possible outcomes to plan for, but businesses cannot sit […]

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Compliance in the Digital Age Requires a New Breed of Indirect Tax Professional

Today’s tax and compliance managers need to follow the Scouts’ motto:  Be Prepared. Properly managing taxation and reporting burdens takes a team of professionals – from finance, tax and accounting to IT – colleagues willing to work together to establish the policies and controls that make it possible to meet the demands of tax compliance.  […]

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