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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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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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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 to Navigate Marine Insurance IPT Treatment across Europe

There are a variety of different approaches to Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) treatment for marine insurance across Europe. Before looking at how individual countries treat marine insurance, it is worth noting the challenges in determining the country entitled to levy IPT and any associated charges. The location of risk relating to marine vessels falls within […]

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The Complexity of Insurance Premium Tax Compliance in Spain: Your Questions Answered

We hosted a webinar about Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) in Spain. Topics covered included the Conscorcio reporting system, tips for effective and accurate compliance, the penalty regimes currently in place and the latest regulatory updates. Although our expert team answered plenty of questions they didn’t have time for everyone. Here’s a helpful summary. Is all […]

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Reflection on Insurance Premium Tax Rate Increases – What’s Next for Europe?

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when new taxes or tax rate increases will happen. Covid-19 has impacted almost everything, including a massive deficit in the economy. Many banks have applied negative interest and governments have put funding in place to aid recovery. It’s highly likely that tax authorities will be looking at ways to bring […]

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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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