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Taxpayers Alliance Call to Scrap APD

UK families are paying as much as £261 in holiday taxes alone when heading abroad, according to new research.

The survey, by Taxpayers Alliance has found that the average Briton heading abroad now pays £68.71 in taxes, and a family of four heading to Florida could pay as much as four times this amount.

Most of the tax included is in Air Passenger Duty (APD), currently the subject of an investigation by the Treasury as part of the support deal agreed between the UK Conservative government and the DUP two months ago.

Northern Ireland travellers are particularly hard hit by APD because of the land Border with the Republic and the fact that there is no Departure Tax charged on flights out of Dublin. Departure tax on UK travellers is among the highest anywhere in the world. John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, commented: "Every year taxpayers work hard and save up so that they can enjoy a week away with their families. With the cost of living on the rise, these holiday taxes make it even harder for them to do so. "It is clear that Air Passenger Duty is just another way for the taxman to squeeze every penny out of hard-pressed families. We are calling on the government to scrap this unfair tax once and for all.”

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