No Immediate Plans to Raise Business Taxes in Jersey, Says Treasury Minister Elaine Millar

Minister stands firm against sudden business tax hike in Jersey

Jersey’s Treasury Minister, Elaine Millar, has recently announced that there are currently no immediate plans to increase business taxes in the island. The standard rate of company tax in Jersey is 0%, with finance firms paying 10% under the ‘zero/ten’ system. The government collects tax on income and 5% on goods and services, but does not collect capital gains or inheritance tax. Taxes on wages and salaries contribute significantly to government revenue in Jersey, making up a higher proportion than in most other places in the world.

Statistics Jersey has revealed that taxes on wages and salaries contribute significantly to government revenue in Jersey. However, some have suggested reconsidering the tax system to reduce the burden on individuals. Deputy Jonathan Renouf recommended looking at taxes beyond just income tax and taxes on spending.

Despite these suggestions, Minister Millar emphasized that Jersey’s tax mix is not unusual for an international finance center. She stated that additional taxes could impact the international competitiveness of the finance center, and the government is not currently considering introducing other types of taxes. While she did not rule out the possibility entirely, she confirmed that there are no immediate plans to look at business taxes.

In comparison to the UK, Millar highlighted that people in Jersey pay significantly less income tax, and the 5% GST in Jersey is lower than the 20% standard rate of VAT in the UK. She also mentioned that large multinational companies will be taxed 15% from 2025 under new international taxation rules approved by the G20 in 2021.

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