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Rally Estonia chief Urmo Aava.
Rally Estonia chief Urmo Aava.

Rally Estonia organizers say they are working closely with the Tax and Customs Board (MTA) ahead of Septembers inaugural full WRC calendar event in southern Estonia, to ensure all tax aspects of the event are dealt with properly, particularly as the event is being organized at relative short notice in the aftermath of a major pandemic.

Rally Estonia Director Urmo Aava said the organization of an international competition of such scale, over such a short a period of time – the rally was only given the go-ahead in early July - as a serious challenge in many respects, making it crucial for the team to bring together top specialists from their respective fields and to cooperate with the state smoothly.

"Just as a rally is a precise and technical sport, we as organizers of the rally desire its financial aspects are all present and correct," Aava said via a press release.

The state cooperation is made even more critical given the backdrop of the coronavirus – the event will be the first WRC race in several months. 

Rally Estonia had been getting legal and financial advice from lawyer and tax expert Villy Lopman, of Rask law firm, Aava added, as well as personnel at the MTA. 

Evelyn Liivamagi, head of the department of taxes at the tax board, said her authority places a lot of value on the voluntarism in taxpayers correctly performing their duties, adding that timely counseling of taxpayers is a crucial MTA pursuit. 

The Ministry of Culture, which is also responsible for sporting events, has set up a special committee focusing on coronavirus risk and pooling the resources of the emergency services, the defense forces, the Road Administration (Maanteeamet) and forestry commission (RMK), the Health Board (Terviseamet) and the interior ministry's IT department. 

Rally Estonia runs on roads around Tartu, Otepää, Kanepi and Kambja, Septmeber 4-6. 

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