UK residents are paying double the amount of tax on holidays and related goods than they did only seven years ago, new research has found.
Every traveller going abroad pays £62 – a massive jump from 2008 when it was only £30. The study found that the increased prices outpaced the rate of inflation and the cost of overall goods by 66%.
The MailOnline reported that the rise affected everything from air fares to tax on suntan lotion.
The research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) found that a family of six visiting Spain for a holiday faced an average tax bill of £195 while a family of four heading for Florida this summer had to shell out a hefty charge of £384 on both their flights and holiday-related purchases bought in Britain before leaving.
This translates as a payment in Air passenger duty (APD) of £71 over a long-haul flight and £13 for short-haul although new regulations now means U-12s are exempt from these calculations.
The payments have seen the taxman’s coffers swell to £2.4 billion from all the holiday-related taxes this year – a jump of £900 million in seven years.
TPA representative Jonathan Isaby criticised the stringent taxes on people seeking a week in the sun, claiming that it made it increasingly hard for working people to get away because of the extra cost.