Lawmakers Seek Ways to Step Up Fight Against Tax Fraud ({{commentsTotal}})

Parliament ratified amendments to the value-added tax and accounting acts on Wednesday, including the requirement that all transactions greater than 1,000 euros must be declared by businesses, a change that has drawn fire from interest groups.

Sven Sester, head of the Finance Committee, said, speaking in front of Parliament on Wednesday, that although the bill was passed, a number of issues are yet to be tackled, and the law must be reviewed next year.

A tax expert at the law firm Rask, Villy Lopman, told Äripäev yesterday that adding one paragraph to legislation will not end tax fraud. He said that tax collectors already have so much information that it is difficult to distinguish between what is significant and what isn't.

Kersti Kracht, president of the Estonian Association of SMEs, said that the law puts business secrets under threat and increases red tape.

The law will take effect on July 1 next year.

The state has come out with a number of ideas to combat tax fraud, including an employee registry which will be mandatory from next summer; and cutting VAT deductions on business vehicles, which was rejected by MPs.