Internet giants earn tax-free millions in Estonia
The advertising volumes of Facebook and Google are increasing unstoppably, earning millions worth of advertising revenue in Estonia, on which the do not have to pay taxes. Experts point out that this situation should no longer be tolerated.
27.12.2016, Karel ReisenbukPM
Dirty secret of Estonia’s building sites
The number of violations related to the recruitment of foreign labour has increased steeply, because some Estonian construction firms have discovered a new source of wealth – Ukrainians willing to build houses in Estonia for a few hundred euros per month while living in ascetic conditions.
20.12.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Stolen statue was found 28 years later
The state register records hundreds of stolen and still lost valuable works of art. A number of the stolen objects have probably been taken abroad, which means that we may never be able to recover this part of our cultural heritage.
19.12.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Officials and medics among parent's pay frauds
If earlier attempts to con the state for the maximum amount of the parent's pay instrument were made mainly by people out of work or owners of companies, the middle class has also turned to this particular type of fraud today. People often put in place detailed agreements with employers not to appear on the radar of the tax board.
20.10.2016, Oliver KundPM
Salary policy favors mediocrity
The unexpected departure of one of the most high-paid public officials, Director General of the Tax and Customs Board Marek Helm, to the private sector raises the question of whether executive salaries are competitive in the public sector.
07.10.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Government to boost security of hundreds of buildings
State agencies, the Estonian National Museum, certain bridges, server rooms, and backup generators of hospitals are just some of the things to be added to the government's new list of objects of national security relevance. The latter will have to take more stringent security measures against potential attacks.
21.09.2016, Oliver KundPM
Kruuda feels state flex muscles
On Tuesday, about a dozen armed tax policemen burst into Tere offices at Pärnu Highway. For hours, they digged into documents and hauled off computers. The initial public procedure regarding a secret criminal investigation underway for a year.
18.08.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Private cars increasingly bought from Russia
Used car purchases in Estonia from Russia are significantly up having almost quadrupled year-on-year.
11.08.2016, Ilja SmirnovPM
Cheap Ukrainian workforce free to enter Estonia via Poland
Of foreign workers registered in Poland, about 80 percent are Ukrainians. But Poland has unemployment too and no work for all who come. Therefore, several Polish companies have focused on mediating workers to elsewhere in Europe.
04.08.2016, Greete PalgiPM
By the hundreds, tax debtors go to mass grave via Panama
The grand-named Panamanian company Transatlantic International Brokers Corp owns 168 firms says Estonian commercial register, all under liquidation with help by Raul Pint and his business partner Andrus Räppo. Nearly all owe taxes to Estonian state, some more and some less – but put together the arrears arise above a million euros.
22.04.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Drug dealers do a fabulous fumble
With whopping-for-Estonia of 200 litres of GBL the «party drug» basis involved, one might think this was the perfect crime perhaps only foiled by a traitor or an unfortunate slight slip.
15.04.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Taxman detains security provider Jaanus Kukebal
This past Friday, Tax and Customs Board (MTA) officials detained Jaanus Kukebal related to several security firms.
22.02.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
«Russalka» faces X-ray examination
Road construction soon to begin has heritage conservationists anxious about nearby «Russalka» statue aged over a hundred years possibly being too fragile. To determine the danger level, X-ray will be applied.
18.02.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Tens of thousands ampoules of unknown substances for gyms
In gyms of Estonia, they lead a double life. On the one hand, men and women are all about pumping up their muscles. On the other, there's pills for beginners and injections for the experienced. At that, the substances are mostly quite unknown.
09.02.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Banks twist client arms to draw personal data
Nordea and Danske clients complained to Postimees that said banks withheld services related to transfers and purchase of shares as the individuals failed to fill fresh personal data declaration.
12.11.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Famed electronics firm caught in tax crime
Dark dealings in Ida-Viru County blueberry business help pick apart €1m VAT fraud in Viva.
05.10.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Crocodiles set to get teeth into red tape
Pulled by economy and communications ministry, the state and business bodies are again about to cut bureaucracy i.e. reporting burden of entrepreneurs. Businessmen recall this has been attempted before with nothing much achieved. Now, it is vice chancellor Taavi Kotka at helm of the initiative - a man already in limelight by kicking off big projects like e-residence. Will he really be able to break the bureaucratic machine?
11.09.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Ministries swell with fresh vigour
Analysis by Chamber of Commerce and Industry says Estonia's public officialdom is resistant to thinning and if the numbers do come down at all, then on account of police patrols and firefighters. Meanwhile, the ministries keep on ballooning.
07.09.2015, Nils NiitraPM
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
Company car tax system repair required
The new value-added tax system applied to company cars last December failed to yield desired results – instead of the €47m expected, mere six million euros have been harvested at half year mark.
10.06.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
7.7 mln illicit cigarettes found in truck headed to Sweden
Customs officials detected 7.7 million illicit cigarettes and arrested a 52-year-old Estonian truck driver in a joint operation of the Tax and Customs Board and the Police and Border Guard Board in the Estonian port of Paldiski at the end of March.
Number of people opting for casino ban this year reaches 529
In the first two and a half months of the year altogether 529 people in Estonia imposed on themselves a self-exclusion prohibiting them from entering the premises of gaming establishments and playing online gambling games, figures available from the Tax and Customs Board show.
830 kg of hashish found in Lithuanian truck in Narva
Officials found a record amount of 830 kilograms of hashish inside the trailer of a Lithuanian-registered truck at the checkpoint of Narva on the Estonian-Russian border on Thursday.
Study reveals drop in Estonian black market for cigarettes
The share of illicit cigarettes in Estonia has dropped by 1.9 percentage points on year to 18.8 percent, a fresh study shows.
In two years, bank secrecy buried
From 2016 onwards it makes no sense to hide income by private accounts in Swiss banks of family funds in Liechtenstein – data thereof will be dropping straight into our Tax and Customs Board server.
27.11.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Human experiments with unknown substances
Since September, nine youth in Rakvere have been hospitalised having smoked the so-called synthetic cannabis aka spice. By now, Estonian Forensic Science Institute (EKEI) has established the psychoactive substance.
26.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
A controlled Estonian leap into the future
In government’s hopes, the e-residency soon offered to foreigners will act as new economic engine. Meanwhile, to control the system, it will tightly clasp all reins.
24.11.2014, Oliver KundPM
Russia visited mainly to fetch food
Gone are the days when the eager ones in Narva did multiple daily walks across the border hauling home vodka and cigarettes, to do business in native Estonia. Now, it’s «just for me» that they fetch stuff from there. Meanwhile, goods increasingly flow from Estonia to Russia.
16.06.2014, Sirje NiitraPM
In Valga, over 100 kg of hash hidden in VW
Saturday night, Tax and Customs Board staff discovered, in a Volkswagen Passat stopped for a check, over a hundred kilograms of substance suspected to be hashish.
Ilves announces new tax rules
Yesterday, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves opted to proclaim Value Added Tax Act Amendment Act, the last version of which he vetoed last December. Riigikogu ratified the amendment on May 7th.
21.05.2014, Liina ValdrePM
€1,000 deal law approved, again
By 45 yes votes, Riigikogu again approved the Value Added Tax Act Amendment bill pursuant to which transactions over and above €1,000 would need to be declared. At the end of last year, the President refused to proclaim this very act.
08.05.2014, Liina ValdrePM
Tax and Customs Board lays off 245 of staff
Over the past year and a half, Tax and Customs Board has laid off 245 employees. According to director general Marek Helm, the goal was competitive wages.
10.12.2013, Kadri InselbergPM
Group suspected of EUR 8 mln VAT fraud
Officials of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board's investigation department at the end of July carried out 17 simultaneous searches and detained seven people suspected of a tax offense amounting to almost eight million euros.
Sum total of tax debt contracts by EUR 4.3 mln during month
At the beginning of June 52,793 physical and legal persons in Estonia had tax arrears totaling 328 million euros, figures provided by the Tax and Customs Board show.
One tenth of Estonian businesses pay 90 percent of state budget's VAT receipts
Data of the Tax and Customs Board show that a large part of Estonian businesses evades paying value added tax and basically billions of euros of VAT is paid into the state budget by just one tenth of companies, the business daily Äripäev reports.
Estonian tax authority puts 2012 VAT fraud losses at EUR 222 mln
According to preliminary data of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, VAT losses due to fraud amounted to 222 million euros last year.
Estonia takes in EUR 231.5 mln unpaid taxes with recovery proceedings
Altogether 231.5 million euros flew into the Estonian state budget as a result of tax recovery proceedings during 2012, whereas of current tax claims more than 90 percent were paid, tax officials said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Estonian study: E-solutions have significantly speeded up public services
E-solutions have made public services up to 12 times faster than conventional services as well as improved their quality, it appears from a study commissioned by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.