Collection of Premium Levy

Collection of Premium Levy

The Premium Levy is effective on 1 Jan 2018.

Payment and Remittance

The Insurance Authority (IA) will collect a levy on insurance premiums from policyholders through insurance companies. Policyholders must pay the levy in accordance with the law at an applicable rate and insurers will remit the sum payable with prescribed arrangements to the IA during a specified period of time.

Incremental Approach
An incremental approach will be adopted for introducing this premium levy. The levy rate will start at 0.04% and gradually increase on a yearly basis until it reaches the target level of 0.1%.

A cap will be imposed on the premium levy on general insurance policies with annual premiums at or above HK$5 million and long term policies with single or annualised premiums at or above HK$100,000. On full implementation when the levy rate hits 0.1%, the cap for the long term policy will be HK$100, and that for the general policy will be HK$5,000.

Details of the levy rates and caps are set out below:

Phase Period Levy Rate Levy Cap on
General Insurance
Levy Cap on
Life Insurance
Phase 1 From 1 Jan 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 (both dates inclusive) 0.04% HK$2,000 HK$40
Phase 2 From 1 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2020 (both dates inclusive) 0.06% HK$3,000 HK$60
Phase 3 From 1 Apr 2020 to 31 Mar 2021 (both dates inclusive) 0.085% HK$4,250 HK$85
Phase 4 From 1 Apr 2021 onwards (inclusive of that date) 0.1% HK$5,000 HK$100