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Business and charity groups call on Government to scrap planned rise in Insurance Premium Tax

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has joined forces with business, finance and charity groups in an open letter calling on the Government to cancel the planned increase in Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) in June, and to freeze it for the remainder of this Parliament.

Since November 2015 three successive Government rises will have doubled the rate of IPT by June this year from 6% to 12%. IPT affects more than 50 million policies and applies to policies purchased by businesses, charities and individuals. Taken together, the three increases will raise over £13 billion for the Government over five years.

The letter points out that:

Insurance is a basic financial safety net for tens of millions of people and businesses across the UK. The Government’s decision to double the standard rate of insurance premium tax (IPT) from 6% to 12% in less than two years has driven up the cost of over 50 million insurance policies. IPT is a stealth tax that hits households, charities and businesses who do the right thing and these increases have cost some families hundreds of pounds a year already. 

IPT is a tax on productivity too. Unlike VAT, which most businesses can claim back, it hits insurance dependent industries like manufacturing, construction and exporters the hardest. The Institute of Fiscal Studies recently said that problems with IPT were now ‘more severe’ as the rate has become ‘too high’.

It is time to end this raid on the responsible by cancelling the planned June IPT increase and freeze it for the remainder of this Parliament.

Yours Sincerely,

Huw Evans, Director General, Association of British Insurers (ABI)

Inga Beale, Chief Executive, Lloyds of London

Edmund King, President, The Automobile Association (AA)

Steve White, Chief Executive, British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA)

Mike Cherry, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive, Charity Finance Group

John Hemming, Chairman, Charity Tax Group

Miles Celic, Chief Executive, TheCityUK

Brian Berry, Chief Executive, Federation of Master Builders (FMB)

Laurence Besemer, Chief Executive, Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL)

Iain Elliot, Chairman, Forum of Scottish Claims Managers

Dave Matcham, Chief Executive, International Underwriting Association (IUA)

Christopher Croft, Chief Executive, London and International Insurance Brokers’ Association (LIIBA)

Charles Manchester, Chairman, Managing General Agents Association (MGAA)

Richard Burnett, Chief Executive, Road Haulage Association (RHA)

Martin Sime, Chief Executive, Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

Ruth Marks, Chief Executive, Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)


Last updated 23/03/2017