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Five Tips for Stress-free IPT Registrations

Dawn Rowlands
March 15, 2022

Registering for Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) with tax authorities across Europe can be challenging and complex, particularly when multiple territories are involved. There are many elements businesses must consider when registering for IPT. What are the required supporting documents? Who can sign? Do documents need to be legalised? Is there a two-step process? These are just a few of the questions you may ask yourself during the registration process. 

Based  on common pain points we come across with our IPT customers, we’ve put together our five top tips to help make your IPT registration journey easier: 

  • Don’t put off until tomorrow 

Your company is likely already writing business in the territories you need to register with. Therefore, it’s important the registration is completed promptly to avoid sanctions that some tax authorities may impose. We recommend signing and returning the documents as soon as possible to avoid such complications. 

  • Ensure you provide the correct documents the first time 

European tax authorities are very specific with their requirements, and depending on the EU Member State, the rules may be different. Generally, supporting documents should be dated within the last six months and clearly legible. Some tax authorities require documents to be notarised and apostilled, some accept electronic signatures and some do not. The registration process can be delayed when supporting documents are incorrect, or templates are completed incorrectly. To avoid delays in your registration submission, be sure to pay close attention to the instructions provided. 

  • Don’t be overwhelmed by information overload 

Whilst some requested information may seem intrusive and personal, there is always a reason for the request. We will never ask you to provide anything more than what the tax authorities require to complete an IPT registration. Your personal data is always treated with the strictest confidentiality, security and complies with GDPR standards. 

  • Know your timelines 

Timelines for IPT registration in EU Member States can vary. Some tax authorities, such as Germany, confirm registration within a week of submission, whereas Greece can take 8-12 weeks. Don’t be concerned if your registration is not confirmed as fast as you had expected.   

  • Use your registration representative 

We are keen to have your registration completed as efficiently and swiftly as possible. If you have any queries, your registration representative is always here to help. We can address your questions by email or arrange a call to go over the entire process if this is preferable to you.   

Sovos’ IPT Managed Services provides support from our team of experts using software that is updated in real-time. Additionally, our team of regulatory specialists monitor and interpret global IPT regulations, so you don’t have to. 

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Contact our team of experts to discover how your business can benefit from a complete end-to-end IPT offering, or download our e-book, IPT Compliance: A Guide for Insurers, to learn more about IPT across Europe.

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Dawn Rowlands

Dawn Rowlands is a Compliance Services Representative in IPT Registrations. She joined Sovos early in 2020 and has a background in customer services and accounting after running a small business for over 15 years. Dawn’s focus is in registering clients for IPT and associated taxes across Europe.
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