20 pct cut in unemployment insurance premium proposed

The Unemployment Insurance Fund board has approached the Cabinet with a proposal to lower the unemployment insurance premium from 3 percent to 2.4 percent.

Currently employees pay 2 percent and employers 1 percent. Under the new proposal, the split would be 1.6 percent and 0.8 percent.

The fund’s board, which is currently chaired by the head of the country’s unions, Peep Peterson, said Monday’s offer was a compromise.

“The new premium rate would allow us to cover the needs of the work ability reform and to continue amassing reserves at a reasonable rate,” said Peterson, as reported by uudised.err.ee. “The board reviewed the potential crisis scenarios before making the decisions and we can be sure that we can get by with the with the insurance resources we have even in complicated times.”

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Employment register brings additional 10 mEUR annually

According to Tax Board estimates, the new staff register, which requires the registration of all employees before they begin work, will bring in an additional 10 million euros in tax revenue each year.

The register should affect the construction and catering sectors the most, Postimees reported, as the percentage of staff being paid in cash under the table is 43 and 14 percent, respectively.

The actual process of registration has been streamlined, as companies only need a few minutes to register a new staff member and that registration must now only be made at the Tax Board, previously employees had to be registered at a number of state institutions, including the Health Board.

Before the new requirement entered force on July 1, companies had more time to register employees and would only make staff official after crackdowns. The Tax Board often found many employees officially on their first day at work, although they had been working for the company for months.

Source: ERR News

Estonia joins the EU-wide insolvency registry

The European Commission launched a EU-wide interconnection of national insolvency registers, linking databases from Estonia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Romania and Slovenia, with others set to join at a later stage.

The database will be serve businesses, creditors and investors, who want to make checks before deciding to invest.

Alar Jäger, the deputy head of Krediidiinfo, an Estonian financial information company, said the definition of insolvency varies across the union, and the register could be a step towards aligning rules practices and definitions.

He said Estonian companies giving out credit to EU partners, such as asking for payment of goods and services after delivery, will benefit. Those type of companies make up 91 percent of businesses in Estonia.

Source: ERR News

Pwc: Estonian total tax rate is one of highest

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers Estonia’s tax level is not low. On the opposite, it is one of the highest in the EU.

Read more from here – http://www.pwc.fr//assets/files/pdf/2012/11/pwc_paying_taxes_2013.pdfPwc taxes

Tax inspectors visit construction and service companies

Estonian companies in the construction and service have been warned of a blanket blitz where 77 inspectors will take to the field in July and August to make sure the companies are keeping proper records on employees.

A change is taking effect on July 1 where companies must now register all employees directly with the tax authority rather than the Health Insurance Fund.

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Tax board to publish companies with the tax debt

The Tax Board will publish the names of all companies with tax debt of 1,000 euros or more on its website starting on June 1, in an attempt to create accounting discipline.

Currently there are about 5,000 companies which qualify for the list.

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President proclaims VAT law amendments

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves promulgated the amendments to the Value-Added Tax Act on May 20, 2014.

The law makes it mandatory for businesses to disclose in an annex to the VAT declaration the other party in all transactions exceeding 1,000 euros.

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