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Opinion: Decommissioning tax breaks a bad deal for the UK taxpayer


Despite Professor Alex Kemp’s justification for decommissioning tax breaks, any break is a very poor deal for the UK taxpayer. Current levels are set at 75% or 50 % for respective petroleum revenue tax (PRT) paying and non-PRT fields. With estimates of the total decommissioning cost at ca £40billion, the taxpayers’ portion is, by any fiscal measure, a huge sum of money. It equates to approximately £1,000 per UK taxpayer. Furthermore, should decommissioning costs increase, as many suspect they will, the risk to the taxpayer is obvious.