Tallinn new sales tax unclear

Retailers say it is an outrage that Tallinn city authorities are still unable to say clearly exactly who and what will be subject to the sales tax that the City of Tallinn plans to introduce in the middle of the year. They also say that the collection of the tax will be very expensive in comparison with revenues, writes Äripäev.

It is estimated that cost of adapting accounting, cashier and sales systems could be as high as 25 million kroons  for retailers alone while total related costs of businesses could reaech 65 million kroons.

Andres Heinver, CEO of grocery chain Selver, says that making changes in information systems could cost millions and require additional workforce. “The fear is that we will not be ready by time,” said Heinver, explaining that it is still unclear which products the sales tax will cover. “There are more questions than answers and the city does not have them. The worst is that they are trying to do it in the euro year.”

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