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Stay ahead of the 2011 tax increases!

The standard rate of value added tax (VAT) will rise from 17.5% to 20% from January 4th next year.

Few are aware that insurance premium tax (IPT) will also rise from 5% to 6% on standard rate policies like motor or home insurance and from 17.5% to 20% for travel insurance.

What does this mean for Flexicover Direct customers?

Given that VAT is the tax we have to pay when we purchase goods and services, we will all be affected in some way. IPT is complementary to VAT and will also hit our pockets at the same time.

As most retailers will be forced to pass on these rises, it will mean that, for many of us, the cost of living will be going up - unless we act early.

Therefore, to help our loyal customers, we have put together a few tips on how you can minimise the impact of these tax rises.

Buy early to save money!

Simply purchase any single trip policy before January 3rd 2011 and you will be charged the current rate of IPT at 17.5%.

If you’ve already booked your 2011 holiday, purchase your travel insurance without delay to ensure you have cancellation cover should anything unexpected happen and, at the same time, avoid the IPT increase.

The biggest saving you could make is to use your loyalty discount voucher code ECZ10 which gives you a saving of up to 20% off. Combined with the tax increase, you could save a significant 22.5% off our 2011 prices!

Wherever you go and whatever you decide to do, always ensure you are fully covered with a reputable insurer when travelling. Purchasing your policy as early as possible after booking your trip can be invaluable as this will protect you in the unlikely event that you have to cancel.

We at Flexicover Direct, specialist travel insurance providers, are committed to providing the highest level of service to ensure you and your family have the protection you need 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, anywhere in the world. Our policies include cancellation, baggage and a host of other covers.

If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!