Es­to­nian en­trepreneurs: Gov­ern­ment is dis­man­tling sim­ple and trans­par­ent tax sys­tem

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Record low as­sess­ment of the work of the Es­to­nian gov­ern­ment has been given by Es­to­nian busi­ness-own­ers, as in an opin­ion poll 49 per­cent of ap­proached busi­ness-own­ers rated the im­pact of the last few months of gov­ern­ment ac­tiv­ity on the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment neg­a­tively, which is a record low from 38 per­cent three months ago.

Es­to­nian broad­caster ERR re­ports cit­ing re­sults of the opin­ion sur­vey mea­sur­ing busi­ness-own­ers’ as­sess­ment of the economic sit­u­a­tion and sat­is­fac­tion with the gov­ern­ment’s ac­tiv­i­ties in im­prov­ing the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment con­ducted by the Es­to­nian In­sti­tute of Economic Re­search with the sup­port of the Euro­pean So­cial Fund (ESF).

An­a­lyst Raul Aron from the Es­to­nian Em­ployer’s Con­fed­er­a­tion com­mented: «There are at least six holes and they are called tax hikes: the de­posit tax, the new ex­cise duty on pack­ag­ing, the in­creased ex­cise duty on nat­u­ral gas, the road tax for trucks, the tax on sweet­ened drinks and the ad­vanced tax on credit in­sti­tu­tions’ prof­its are changes cur­rently be­ing ad­dressed in the gov­ern­ment or the Ri­igikogu that strike a blow to busi­nesses’ com­pet­i­tivenes».

The an­a­lyst con­tin­ued: «Busi­ness-own­ers find that the gov­ern­ment has moved force­fully to dis­man­tle the sim­ple and trans­par­ent tax sys­tem and friendly busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment which have been Es­to­nia’ trump cards.»

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