Osborne increases insurance premium tax
Chancellor George Osbourne has announced that insurance premium tax is to rise in today's emergency Budget.
He told Parliament that IPT will rise from 5% to 6% while the higher rate of 17.5% will increase to 20%, from January 4, 2011.
The government said it expects to raise £0.5bn per year from 2014/15 as a result.
Osborne’s announcement follows widespread speculation that he would use this year's Budget to announce a big hike in the main rate of the tax. Each point on the main rate of IPT raises approximately £400m per annum.
Elsewhere, VAT is rising from 17.5% to 20% and capital gains tax is up 10% for higher rate tax payers.