A survey conducted among users of the job vacancy website cvkeskus.ee indicated that many would not be averse to condoning tax evasion if it meant better take-home pay.
The site asked users whether they would be prepared to work large amounts of overtime, get part of their wages in a proverbial envelope, or tolerate a poor work environment, boring work or limited career opportunities.
Over 1,000 people across the country took part in the study, which revealed that "boring work" would pose the smallest problem. "All told 21 percent of respondents would opt for such work if it were well-compensated," said Paavo Heil, CEO of the site operator.
Eighteen percent would accept wages on which no income tax had been paid. Heil said it was surprising as officially declared income is the basis for the many benefits and allowances.
"Worse, people may not be aware of the negative impact that this has on all of society - official capability declines, as does overall security, and a large number of necessary services are not received."
Heil said 17 percent would tolerate lack of career opportunities. Large amounts of overtime would be acceptable to only 6 percent; a poor environment just 1 percent. Twenty-nine percent would not tolerate any of the sacrifices or evasions even if it meant more take-home pay.