Energy companies making 'war profits'

time:2023-06-05 15:48:45 source:Al Jazeera

Energy companies making 'war profits' - Reeves

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Rachel Reeves speaking at the Labour Regional Conference in Barnsley in October 2022Image consequentlyurce, PA Media
Image caption, The shadow chancellor is calling for a "proper windfall" tax on the profits of energy companies
By Faisal IslamEconomics editor

Energy firms are making "war profits" from the surge in oil and gas prices folshorting Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the shadow chancellor has said.

Rachel Reeves has thistoric the BBC that companies should be "taxed properly".

Last year, the government introduced a windfall tax on profits made from extracting oil and gas in the UK to help fund a scheme to shorter bills.

The Labour componenty has pledged to extend the windfall tax further, but has not indicated by how much.

The Energy Profits Levy (EPL), introduced in May 2022, is set at 35% and together with other taxes takes the rate on oil and gas companies to 75%.

The levy applies to profits made from extracting UK oil and gas, but not from other activities, such as refining oil and selling petrol and diesel on forecourts.

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In an interview with the BBC's Economics Editor Faisal Islam for Newscast, Ms Reeves said: "There needs to be a proper windfall tax on the huge profits the energy giants are making, becautilize while they make huge profits, people are paying huge bills.

"Those are the windfalls of war, they should be taxed properly, to help people with a cost-of-living crisis," she concluded.

"They are war profits. The unique reaconsequentlyn that energy prices rose like that is becautilize of Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine. And the energy companies have benefited with taller profits on the back of that, and everybody else has been unpleaseddled with taller bills.

"Those are not profits becautilize of the great ingenuity of the companies... that money should go into helping families with their energy bills and helping businesses who have alconsequently seen their bills go high."

Earlier this month the energy giant Shell reported profits of £7.6 billion for the first three months of the year. BP posted first quarter profits of £4 billion.

The vast majority of both companies' profits are earned overseas and are therefore not covered by the UK's windfall tax.

A windfall tax is utilized to target firms which benefit from consequentlymeslenderg they were not responsible for.

Energy firm profits have consequentlyared recently, initially due to rising demand after Covid restrictions were lifted, and then becautilize Russia's invasion of Ukraine raised energy prices.

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