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What is insurance premium tax


Insurance Premium Tax or IPT is a tax on insurers for general insurance premiums such as car insurance, home insurance and travel insurance. There are two IPT rates and some exceptions, read on to find out what these are and how they affect you.

IPT is unfortunately unavoidable and will have an impact on your premiums, there are two rates of IPT..

  1. The current rate which is 12%
  2. A higher rate of 20% ‐ for travel insurance, mechanical/electrical appliances insurance and some vehicle insurance

Regardless of your policy and provider the 12% or 20% IPT will be worked into your premiums, so if you pay £380 in premiums per year then that is the amount you’ll pay inclusive of IPT. For those on higher premiums such as young drivers this percentage will be a particular sting. The IPT is unavoidable and it is a requirement to be insured when driving on UK roads. It might be tempting to try and avoid paying insurance however the risks outweigh the costs as if you are caught you will be fined and given penalty points on your license.

What does IPT mean?

IPT is simply an abbreviation of Insurance Premium Tax.

Insurance premium tax exceptions?

There are some notable exceptions to what insurance can be charged IPT, we’ve listed the following for your reference.

  • Most long-term insurance is exempt
  • Insurance for some commercial ships and aircraft
  • Insurance for international goods in transit
  • Premiums for items insured outside the UK although these will likely face a similar local tax by other nations
  • Reinsurance

Only insurers and those who charge the insured need to register to directly pay IPT to the UK government, the IPT cost will be worked into your premiums.


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This article is intended as generic information only and is not intended to apply to anybody’s specific circumstances, demands or needs. The views expressed are not intended to provide any financial service or to give any recommendation or advice. Products and services are only mentioned for illustrative rather than promotional purposes.

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