Government tax policy seems random
The government's hectic tax policy has finally been given a clearer outline: taxes that will enter into force next year have been decided. Experts say, however, that the big picture looks random, which will not make for a good end result.
21.04.2017, Lennart RuudaPM
Trucks to pay up to €1,300 in road usage charge
The government approved on Thursday a road usage fee for trucks that could cost operators of heavier and more polluting vehicles up to €1,300 annually.
31.03.2017, Lennart RuudaPM
Pension to depend on years worked
The government decided yesterday to change the system of pensions to tie I pillar pension to years worked instead of level of income. Ministers also reached an agreement on the special pensions reform that will abolish special pensions of Defense Forces members, prosecutors, police and border guard officials from January 1, 2020. All current special pensions and those of people who take office before December 31, 2019 will be retained.
20.01.2017, Hanneli RudiPM
Estonian minister eyeing graduated-rate tax on sugary drinks
Estonia's Minister of Health and Labor Jevgeni Ossinovski intends to impose the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages as a graduated-rate tax and not to levy the tax on dairy products and beverages containing naturally occurring sugars, Postimees said.
27.12.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Estonian president signs tax amendments into law
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on Friday promulgated the new governing coalition's package of tax amendments despite interest groups' opposition as well as the 2017 State Budget Act.
Finance committee likely to remove car registration tax from bundle of amendments
The finance committee of the Estonian parliament will apparently decide on Monday to exclude the amendment introducing a variable rate car registration fee from the bundle of amendments to tax laws put before lawmakers by the new coalition government.
Gap between light and strong alcohol excise duty dries up
The difference between the excise duty on light and strong alcohol has remained unchanged for a long time; planned tax policy now aims to close the gap.
02.12.2016, Karel ReisenbukPM
Tax hikes in the pipeline
The general outline of the new coalition's tax policy had more or less taken shape behind closed doors by yesterday evening. It is very probable promises for the coming years will be covered with the help of new consumption taxes, and social and income tax hikes.
17.11.2016, Oliver KundPM
Income tax on dividends could be lowered
Information available to Postimees suggests that the prime minister's economic growth working group will propose cutting the rate of income tax on regular dividends to 14 percent, instead of the current 20, as part of a package of changes next Wednesday. Regular dividend payments would be defined as the average distributed profit for the past three years. Anything above that would be subject to the current 20 percent rate.
04.11.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Sõnajalg bros wind park partly financed by major Swedish tax debtor
Busy building a Sindi, Pärnu County wind park, Eurowind is owned by equal parts by turbine maker Eleon owned by Andres and Oleg Sõnajal, and a Panama-registered company E3WA. Representative and owner of the latter is Pär Anton Henrik Stigell (46) who according to Swedish tax board data owes the state 130 million kronor (€14.2m). Into the wind farm, Mr Stigell has invested half million euros.
28.04.2016, Aivar ÕepaPM
At long last: conceptual design for more lenient taxation of company cars completed
Finance minister Sven Sester (IRL) has handed the government a concept for company car tax, binning the much-hated «trip diaries» and making private use of weaker-than-average vehicles significantly cheaper.
18.04.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: the biggest elite-leak in history
Already, the Panama info leak is shaking corridors of power in many a nation while what is yet to be published is robbing sleep from leaders who have directly or indirectly done business with the tax haven service provider Mossack Fonseca.
Seven Estonian clients involved in Panama leak
The files leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca show the company had seven clients from Estonia, it appears from the data published by The Irish Times.
Taxman eyes entry into property
Finance ministry is pushing a Taxation Act granting Tax and Customs Board (MTA) added powers to probe into infringements - to the dismay of professional associations.
21.07.2015, Anette ParkseppPM
Tax teeth bared to bite into donations
Fuel excise rise isn’t the only source the government is eyeing to fund election promises. Civil societies have arisen to battle a bill prepared by finance ministry with potential to substantially suppress desire in Estonians to do good.
18.05.2015, Oliver KundPM
Minimum wagers to get extra €900 per year
At least in terms of financial support, the incoming government leans towards the poor and families with kids. This, say social workers, will ease the tens of thousands barely making it payday to payday.
09.04.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Excise rise to drown Estonia in illegal fuel
The sharp excise rise on motor fuels planned to cover costly election promises will push Estonia back into the times a few years back when local fuel market was ruled by masters of dark tax schemes.
06.04.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Booze producers are blasting the government
Yesterday, strong alcohol beverages producer Liviko announced of having laid off 18 posts and a switch to part-time work citing ultra sharp excise rise by the state.
14.01.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Big parties would bring taxes down
For years, the pre-elections political rhetoric has been don’t play with taxes. This time, all parties are throwing proposals more or less radical.
21.11.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
September tax receipts up almost 10 pct on year at EUR 453.5 mln
In September 453.5 million euros of tax money was paid into Estonia's state budget, 9.8 percent more than in the same month last year.
Tax clouds gather over small farmers
Among the herds of tax-changes in pipeline by the new government, they desire to chop income tax off several agricultural refunds paid to self-employed farmers.
20.06.2014, Kadri InselbergPM
Cheap cigarette prices set for sudden jump
In a rare accord, Big Tobacco, taxpayers union and health activists agree that tobacco excise needs to primarily rise on the cheap cigarettes storming the market. That ought to make cigarettes harder to obtain for the youth. Today, the government will be deliberating the issue, as new coalition brings a new excise bill.
29.05.2014, Tuuli KochE24
Tax free kviitungeid hakatakse elektrooniliselt menetlema
Möödunud nädalal käivitus maksu- ja tolliameti, Tallinna lennujaama ning Global Blue Eesti OÜ koostöös pilootprojekt eraisikutest turistidele väljastatud tax free kviitungite elektroonilise menetluse juurutamiseks.
23.05.2014, Kalev AasmäePM
Finns urged to buy booze on native soil
Alko, the Finnish alcohol sales monopoly, has launched a campaign against hauling drinks home from Estonia.
05.05.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Estonian finmin: Latvian tax decisions were made not looking very far ahead
According to Estonian Minister of Finance Jurgen Ligi he understands Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, who admitted on Wednesday that the government's previous decision to lower personal income tax by 2 percentage points was a mistake, and believes that the decisions were made taking into consideration only short-term forecasts.
Estonian tax receipts at 58 pct of target after 7 months
Tax receipts of the central government in Estonia in the seven months from January to July totaled 2.91 billion euros, 58 percent of the sum total budgeted for the whole year.
Tax receipts up 15 pct on year at EUR 438 mln in May
The inflow of tax revenue into Estonia's state budget grew by 14.9 percent year-on-year to 438.3 million euros in May, the Ministry of Finance said on Thursday.
Estonia posts EUR 390.9 mln tax receipts for April
Inflow of tax revenue into the state budget of Estonia in April totaled 390.9 million euros, marking an increase by 22.8 million euros or 6.2 percent over the same month a year ago.
Tax burden in Estonia eased in 2011 - survey
The tax-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio in Estonia declined 1.3 percent year on year to 32.8 percent in 2011, which puts Estonia in 18th place in the European Union.
Tax Board arrests assets of construction company chiefs
Tax and Customs Board (TCB) issued three liability decisions to heads of constructions companies who have left their firms behind with tax arrears. Within the procedures, four registered immovables belonging to board members have been arrested to cover the €90,000 plus tax arrears.
Estonian taxpayers to get back EUR 97 mln in income tax refunds
Tax returns for 2012 were filed by a total of 640,715 Estonian taxpayers, 99.3 percent of the estimated number, and according to preliminary figures income tax refunds amount to nearly 97 million euros.
Estonia's March tax receipts up 5 pct on year
Receipts of tax money into the Estonian state budget totaled 337 million euros in March, 5 percent more than in the same month a year ago, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday.
Estonia's tax arrears contract by EUR 3.4 mln during month
At the beginning of March 46,526 physical and legal persons in Estonia had tax arrears totaling 341 million euros and during the month the sum total had become smaller by 3.4 million euros, figures provided by the Tax and Customs Board show.
Estonia's 2012 fiscal receipts surpass target 3.4 pct
Receipts of the Estonian state budget in 2012 totaled 6.4 billion euros or 3.4 percent more than set out in the budget law, while expenditures came to 6.47 billion euros, 96 percent of the budgeted amount.
Estonia has fewest income tax-related benefits among Baltic states
Estonia has the highest tax-exempt income among the Baltic states but Estonians enjoy fewer tax breaks than Latvians or Lithuanians, it appears from a comparison of the three countries' tax benefits.
Estonia's January tax receipts climb 10.7 pct on year
Tax receipts of the Estonian state budget in January totaled 495 million euros, 10.7 percent more than in January 2012, the Ministry of Finance said.