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United Kingdom upstream fiscal summary

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Report summary

All upstream projects in the UK are governed by concessions. Licences are awarded in regular rounds with fixed fiscal terms. Over the years, the tax system has seen numerous changes. Most recently, lower oil prices and maturity of the UK Continental Shelf have played a decisive role in radical tax cuts. The UK now has one of the most competitive fiscal systems globally. Ring Fence Corporation Tax (RFCT) applies at the rate of 30%. In addition, a 10% Supplementary Charge (SC) applies to the adjusted RFCT profit. Additional deductions are available for RFCT and SC.The UK has also one of the most elaborate tax treatments of decommissioning costs in the world. Most of the legislation is already in place but the industry actively cooperates with the government to resolve remaining issues. Transferrable Tax History (TTH) has been the most important initiative recently. It will allow buyers with no tax history in the UKCS to secure relief on future decommissioning losses.

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This report includes 17 images and tables including:

Images

  • Executive summary: Image 1
  • Timeline
  • Split of the barrel - oil
  • Split of the barrel - gas
  • Share of profit - oil
  • Share of profit - gas
  • State share versus Pre-Share IRR - oil
  • State share versus Pre-Share IRR - gas
  • Investor IRR versus Pre-Share IRR - oil
  • Investor IRR versus Pre-Share IRR - gas

Tables

  • Timeline detail
  • Effective royalty rate - onshore, shelf and deepwater, oil and gas
  • Maximum government share - onshore, shelf and deepwater, oil and gas
  • Bonuses, rentals and fees
  • Area rentals
  • Indirect taxes
  • Assumed terms by location - oil and gas

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