Estonia Upsets Truckers With Digital Taxes

January 15, 2018 Taxation in Estonia

Estonia truck taxTALLINN – While many laud Estonia’s push for a digital government, some truck drivers are now claiming that the movement is interfering with their work.

According to the head of the Association of Estonian International Road Carriers, Einar Vallbaum, the country’s lack of road tax filling stations is a significant weakness in the national tax system which is leading to non-compliance.

On January 1st 2018 Estonia reformed the road taxes applied to trucks travelling through the country, meaning that all trucks with a weight in excess of 3.5 tons need to pay a tax.

However, along with the change, the government ceased the use of road-side filling stations which allowed drivers to pay for their daily or annual tax obligation, while also receiving a sticker showing that the tax is paid.

The system has now been transferred to a digital platform, to coincide with Estonia’s push for a digital society.

Estonia has been a global advocate and proponent of moving government services online and implementing leading technology into public and government records.

The tax has already netted EUR 3.6 million for Estonia, however, random road-side checks have shown that a significant number of drivers are simply not paying their taxes, in the hopes that the oversight will be missed by authorities.