Ilves, Ligi Named Friend and Foe of Taxpayers ({{commentsTotal}})

The Estonian Taxpayers Association named Finance Minister Jürgen Ligi as taxpayers’ nemesis and President Toomas Hendrik Ilves as the public figure most in their court.

Ligi earned the title with the way he introduced amendments to tax law - according to the association, the intentions were right but the presentation was unacceptable, reported.

The public also disapproves of the minister’s arrogant manner and offensive outbursts, the website reported.

As VAT fraud is a serious crime that demands the co-operation of all government agencies, the proposed amendments that would increase the administrative burden of honest taxpayers would constitute a collective punishment instead of combatting the problem, the association said.

Ilves merited the title of the taxpayers‘ friend with his decision to block the amendments as unconstitutional.

The proposed supplement for tax reports of businesses would become an unnecessary burden that would not help combat tax fraud, instead threatening business secrets and burdening small businesses. The association hopes that Parliament will take into account the alternative solutions proposed by business organizations.

Last year, Bank of Estonia supervisory board chairman Jaan Männik was named the friend and Economic Affairs Minister Juhan Parts as the foe of taxpayers.