Tax board transfers refunds to first return filers

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A record number of people filed their 2016 tax returns on the first possible day, Feb. 15.
A record number of people filed their 2016 tax returns on the first possible day, Feb. 15. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

While the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (MTA) should officially begin refunding overpaid taxes to taxpayers next week, the authority has already begun issuing refunds to those among the first to file.

The MTA began accepting the tax returns of private persons at around midnight on Feb. 15. The agency promised that overpaid taxes would be refunded via transfer beginning on Feb. 27.

The first refunds started to hit the bank accounts of some of the earliest filers on Tuesday morning already, however.

"Yesterday we made the first 30,000 tax return decisions and so the first refunds will reach people’s bank accounts beginning today," MTA Public Relations Manager Rainer Laurits confirmed to ERR’s online news portal. "As the filing of tax returns has gone smoothly, we are able to begin issuing refunds this week already. If 30,000 people will receive their refund on the first day, over the following days it will be 60,000. This means that those people whose tax returns are all right will receive their refunds by the end of next week."

Laurits added that those about whose tax returns more information is needed or whose data needs to be checked over will have to wait a bit longer for their refunds.

The MTA official also noted that taxpayers can check the status of their tax return online on the MTA’s e-tax and e-customs page.

Taxpayers in Estonia have until March 31 to submit their tax returns.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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