From this October, the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (ETCB) is providing on its E-Tax/E-Customs portal the new service of aggregate tax behaviour ratings, which provide business operators with an overview of the state of their tax matters. The pilot project is part of the Board’s endeavour to begin to reflect back, so to speak, the existing information for business operators’ use.
“Over the next few years, ETCB will be launching several new services so that business operators have more tools to facilitate their business processes and manage their risks. The aggregate tax behaviour rating is the first among them, with business operators able to test this new solution straight away and give us feedback,” explained Valdur Laid, Director General of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, adding that this way users of the future services can put their thinking hats on already in the development phase of the new E-Tax/E-Customs portal.
The aggregate tax behaviour rating consists of five indicators and considers the presence of tax arrears, declarations filed on time, current penalties for tax or customs related offences, tax proceedings conducted in relation to the company and the background of the management board member.
“All the indicators in conjunction place the tax behaviour of a company in one of four categories, with a very good rating at one end and a very poor rating at the other. If the tax behaviour of a business operator is very good, there is no need to drill down into the data any further; rather, questions and the need to communicate with us arise if there are deficiencies anywhere, and these should be reviewed together with us,” Laid added.
The Board will update tax behaviour ratings monthly; the first aggregate ratings will be calculated based on September information and will be always provided for the previous month, with information for the past six months available for viewing.
At this point the service is available only in estonian, but in the future for mulitple languages. To be able to view the aggregate tax behaviour rating of your company, you have to log on to the E-Tax/E-Customs, select “Teated” from the top menu there and “Maksukäitumine” under that.
Users can submit their feedback or questions by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 October 2017