Baltic News Network
Estonian entrepreneurs: Government is dismantling simple and transparent tax system
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.»