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Estonia grapples with VAT fraud

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  • 19 October 2013 | Richard Asquith

Estonia grapples with VAT fraud

Estonia has introduced a number of measures to help eliminate VAT fraud – an €222m problem for the newest member of the Euro currency.  This is causing an increasing compliance burden on local and foreign businesses.

Anti VAT fraud measures include:

  • Limits on VAT reclaims for the purchases of vehicles
  • An extension of VAT refund repayment timetable with interest accruing to 60 days
  • New domestic Intrastat reporting, listing sales and purchase above €1,000

The last measure follows similar new domestic reporting requirements for local and VAT registered non-resident EU companies in Hungary and Slovakia.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.