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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.

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Electric Cars Make Up Half of Norway’s Car Sales

January 4, 2018 Taxation in Norway

tesla tax norwayOSLO – Teslas and other electric cars are enjoying unprecedented levels of sales in Norway due to the country’s tax break.

New data published by the government of Norway shows that more than half of all car sales in the country in 2017 were electric and hybrid cars.

The level of sales of the environmentally friendly cars was attributed to the tax breaks offered on the sale of electric and hybrid vehicles, and the raft of subsidies offered to owners of such vehicles.

Approximately 52 percent of all new cars sold were hybrid and electric cars, marking the first time that electric vehicles held a higher portion of the market than conventional petrol vehicles.

Norway is often regarded as a good example of pushing for more electric cars to be bought, with sales and take up far exceeding the r...

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Reduce Car Taxes, Reduce Road Crashes

December 21, 2017 Taxation in Australia

car taxCANBERRA – If Australia dropped its car import tax, the national road toll would drop.

New research released by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has indicated that dropping taxes on car imports in the country will lead to a reduced road roll and will save healthcare expenditure.

Australia currently has an unusually old car fleet for a developed country, and the state and technology of the cars result in a disproportionately high road toll.

The average age of a passenger vehicle in the country is 9.8 years, while light commercial vehicles are an even older 10.4 years.

If the age of the fleet was reduced by even 1 year, road crashes would be reduced by 5.4 percent, and lead savings of 3.3 billion in healthcare costs over the coming 20 years.

The reduction in the age of the car ...

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Luxury Car Tax Bites Australians

December 19, 2017 Taxation in Australia

Luxury Car TaxCANBERRA – Australia’s appetite for luxury cars is proving to be a financial windfall for the government.

Information contained in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook released by the government of Australia has shown that the amount of tax revenue collected from the sale of luxury automobiles is rising beyond expectation.

All cars sold by a registered dealer in Australia are liable for a Luxury Car Tax if their sale price is above AUD64 132, or AUD 75 526 in the case of cars with a fuel efficiency exceeding 7L/100km.

The tax is levied at a rate of 33 percent on the portion of the price which exceeds the applicable threshold.

In the current financial year the tax is expected to lead to revenues of approximately AUD 680 million, a level which is nearly AUD 30 million higher than was ...

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Petrol Tax Will Fund Rail in NZ

November 22, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

petrol taxAUCKLAND – Drivers in New Zealand’s biggest city will soon pay more for petrol, with the extra cots being used to pay for a rail network in the city.

The government of New Zealand will soon implement the first regional fuel tax in the country, according to a statement made by a spokesperson for the national Minister of Transport Phil Twyford.

The Minister of Transport indicated that a tax of NZD 0.10 per litre will be applied to the sale of petrol in commercial petrol stations anywhere in the Auckland region.

The current mayor of Auckland Phil Goff has called on the government to pass the revenues from the tax to the Council.

The funds passed to the Council would be used to pay for improvements to the city’s transport infrastructure.

In particular, the tax would go towards paying for ...

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