Tax and Customs Board starts returning overpaid income tax

Tax and Customs Board (MTA) logo.
Tax and Customs Board (MTA) logo. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

On Friday (February 26), the Tax and Customs Board started returning overpaid income tax to those who have already submitted their income tax return electronically and whose tax return does not require additional verification.

The Tax and Customs Board will start refunding income tax paid in excess from March 19 to those who filed their tax returns on paper. Income tax returns can be filed until April 30. The deadline for paying additional amounts of tax under tax returns and payment of refunds is October 1.

The speed of income tax refund does not depend on the order of submitting declarations. To date, payment decisions have been made regarding approximately 30,000 people.

Altogether 493,000 income tax returns had been filed by Friday morning. Based on the tax returns filed thus far, €154 million of overpaid income tax is to be refunded to people, and €13 million need to be paid in addition by people.

Altogether 2,500 people had earmarked altogether €109,000 of their overpaid income tax for donations.

As there are still queues at the Tallinn service office, Grete Urbel, service manager for the income and taxation of private individuals at the Tax and Customs Board, recommended not coming to the service office to file a tax return or, if it is necessary to do so, postpone it by a few weeks.
Urbel said that there is no hurry as tax returns can be submitted until the end of April. "We also ask that people help their elderly relatives, so they can submit their tax returns in the self-service environment of the Tax and Customs Board," she added.

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