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Manx Radio reports:

Calls for government to take action on APD

The Manx TaxPayers’ Alliance is calling on the government to take ‘immediate action’ on Air Passenger Duty.

It follows the UK Chancellor’s announcement, this week, that it would be slashed by half on flights between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island.

The local lobby group says the Manx government should follow suit adding in light of tax rises on hospitality businesses the Isle of Man can ‘ill afford’ new tax ‘disadvantages’.

MTPA: Island can ‘ill afford’ new tax disadvantages

Isle of Man Newspapers report:

UK government plans to lower the aircraft passenger duty for domestic flights will not extend to journeys to the Isle of Man just yet.

The UK cut of £6.50 (from the current rate of £13 for a one-way domestic flight) will come into effect from April 2023.

The Manx government has said that it is ’considering the implications for Isle of Man Air Passenger Duty’.

…However, local pressure group the Manx Tax Payers’ Alliance is calling on the government to follow suit with the UK and introduce the same cut here as well.

’If no action is taken, travellers to and from the Isle of Man will be forced to continue paying double the duty applied to domestic flights within the four nations of the United Kingdom.

’In light of the tax rises on hospitality businesses earlier this month, the people of the Isle of Man can ill afford new tax disadvantages,’ said Michael Josem of the Manx TaxPayers’ Alliance.

UK’s passenger tax cut will not apply just yetUK’s passenger tax cut will not apply just yet

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.