Insurance Bureau of Canada calls for elimination of insurance tax in Newfoundland and Labrador: Unnecessary tax takes $80 million out of pockets of Newfoundlanders & Labradorians

ST. JOHN’S, Jan. 29 – Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) recently reiterated its long-standing call to the government of Newfoundland and Labrador to remove taxes on insurance premiums.

“The people of Newfoundland & Labrador have the highest insurance tax burden in the G8,” said Don Forgeron, Vice-President, Atlantic, Insurance Bureau of Canada. “For every dollar of home, car, and business insurance they buy, the provincial government charges them 19.6 cents in tax. This adds up to $80 million annually.”

He added: “These unnecessary taxes are an unfair burden on homeowners and drivers, for whom insurance is a vital product. Premium taxes are also an impediment to businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Because these taxes are levied as a percentage of insurance premiums, organizations that face higher risk are also hit with more tax. Sectors most severely affected include not-for-profits, the hospitality industry and exporters.”

IBC has stated its objections to the province’s high level of insurance tax in government submissions over many years. The tax problem in the province as compared to other jurisdictions has been clear since IBC commissioned a tax study by tax expert Jack Mintz in 2002. Recently, the IBC-led, multi-stakeholder Atlantic Task Force on Insurance Availability and Affordability also called for the elimination of premium taxes in the province.

In the fall of 2006, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador said it would review the level of tax on insurance products. Insurance buyers deserve a decision soon.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada:

Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national trade association of the property and casualty insurance industry. Its member companies provide nearly 95% of the private home, car, and business insurance sold in Canada.