New statistics show £158m increase in tax paid by air passengers
New statistics published today by HM Revenue and Customs show that passengers paid £3.17 billion in Air Passenger Duty (APD) in the financial year 2014-15 – an increase of £158m or 5.2% compared with 2013-14. The Office for Budget Responsibility estimates that the tax take will increase by a further £500 million during the next Parliament, despite the duty being abolished for children under 12 from this Friday (and for under 16s from March 2016) and a recent simplification of the duty’s banding system. By 2019/20, APD is forecast to raise £3.7bn a year – more than beer and cider duties (£3.6bn) and the TV licence fee (£3.3bn), and the same amount as the Bank Levy.
April 28, 2015