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Estonian finance minister Jürgen Ligi said, when introducing the ministry's spring economic forecast on Thursday, that the state's tax burden is falling to the crisis-era level, Postimees Online reports.
"The tax burden has a downward trend and is nearing the 2007 level," Ligi said. "Naturally, traditionally it is noticed when taxes increase, actually the tax burden has been moderate," he said.
"There hasn't been a very big tax increase. One misleading factor is the pension pillar," the minister explained the tax increase of earlier years and stated that emergency decisions made during the crisis also affected the tax burden somewhat. According to the finance ministry forecast, the tax burden in 2013 will be 32.9% and it will fall to 31.4% of GDP by 2017.