But trav­ellers will hand £3bn tax to Trea­sury

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THE Trea­sury will rake in more than £3.1bil­lion in hol­i­day tax this year – cost­ing the av­er­age fam­ily £260 in charges for a US break, re­search shows.

Taxes on flights, clothes and in­sur­ance mean that the av­er­age hol­i­day­maker pays £68.74 to the Trea­sury, says the Tax­Pay­ers’ Al­liance.

A fam­ily of four, in­clud­ing two young chil­dren un­der 16, would pay £137.27 tax to take a hol­i­day in Spain, and £261.27 for a break in Florida. An in­crease in the over­all amount of tax taken this year was partly due to the num­ber of hol­i­days taken by air jump­ing 8.1 per cent on last year.

The TPA cal­cu­lated last year that the Trea­sury took £2.4bil­lion in hol­i­day taxes – how­ever, the way it is worked out has changed. John O’Con­nell, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the TPA, said: ‘We are call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to give Bri­tons a break and scrap this un­fair tax once and for all.’

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