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Despite opposition, the oil and gas windfall tax was extended until 2029.

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Jeremy Hunt’s budget announcement today included a noteworthy change: the windfall tax on oil and gas companies will now last an additional year, until 2029. The Chancellor forced through the extension in spite of criticism, notably from the Scottish Conservatives, by pointing to the protracted effects of high energy costs brought on by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The Energy Profits Levy (EPL), which Rishi Sunak first proposed in 2022 to address skyrocketing energy bills in the wake of the Ukraine conflict, has now been extended for an extra year past its original expiration date of 2028. The purpose of this extension is to increase tax income by £1.5 billion, which will aid government initiatives to assist families facing mounting expenses.

The 35% surcharge on exceptional profits in the oil and gas industry has drawn criticism from a number of sources. Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, expressed his dismay and said he would not back the laws required for the extension. The Chancellor made the decision in spite of lobbying attempts by Ross and others, raising questions about how it would affect industry growth, jobs, and investment.

Industry associations including the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) have voiced concern and warned of the dangers that come with adding more taxes to the industry. The CEO of OEUK emphasized the difficulties in preparing for the energy transition and reaching net-zero goals in the face of budgetary uncertainty.

Some contend that earnings must be redistributed to fund public programs and services, while others raise concerns about the long-term effects of discouraging investment and escalating job losses in the industry. The controversy surrounding the windfall tax highlights larger conflicts between geopolitical crises, environmental requirements, and economic goals.

Questions over the industry’s future and its role in the shift to sustainable energy linger as stakeholders continue to debate the ramifications of increased taxation on oil and gas profits.

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