Well the new UK Budget has been announced and two things stand out of interest (well there are quite a few things, but lets concentrate on the aviation side)
VAT will be rising to 20% from 4th January 2012 – For those of you in the EU, we’re coming up to the same levels as you. For non EU, its time to get those claim dockets ready when you leave the country to get more tax back.
More interestingly, to quote
“The government will “explore changes to the aviation tax system” such as switching from a per-passenger to a per-plane levy. It will consult on major changes.
In other words, Air Passenger Duty could be on the way out, and replaced with something different. However, it’s important to note no announcement was regarding the last governments plans to increase Air Passenger Duty in November – in other words, take it as read those new rates from November 2010 will be implemented alas.
As a reminder, the new Air Passenger Duty Rates are (Ticketing Code element UB) based on bands:
|Band A||0–2,000 miles from London|
|Band B||2,001–4,000 miles from London|
|Band C||4,001–6,000 miles from London|
|Band D||over 6,000 miles from London|
Rates of duty for 2009-10 and 2010-11 are as follows:
|Band||Reduced Rate||Standard Rate|
To decode what band your country is in, head to the lovely guide published by Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise at www.hmrc.gov.uk/pbr2008/pbrn20.pdf.
And a reminder. Taxes normally head only one way normally….