Reaction to extension of the Energy Profits Levy

Claire Angell, Partner and Head of Energy Tax at KPMG in the UK

Claire Angell, Partner and Head of Energy Tax at KPMG in the UK

Commenting on the changes to the Energy Profits Levy, announced in today’s Spring Budget, Claire Angell, Partner and Head of Energy Tax at KPMG in the UK said:

“The extension to the Energy Profits Levy is the latest in a series of changes to the oil and gas windfall tax since it was introduced in May 2022. For an industry which rightfully seeks fiscal stability given the long-term nature of their investments, this makes the UK a more challenging place in which to invest.

“Whilst the political pressure to balance the books in this Budget was clear, this may have unintended consequences and a potential cost to the taxpayer in the medium to long term. Postponing or shelving new development projects and the early cessation of production will reduce future tax revenues. In addition, where decommissioning starts earlier than planned the Government’s liability of up to 75% of those costs will be accelerated. This also has a potential impact on jobs, for a workforce whose skills will be key to the energy transition.”



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