Taxation of international executives
An employer and non-resident company operating in Estonia as employers must pay mandatory social security contributions on gross employment income. No ceiling has been set on social security contributions. The minimum social security obligation per employee per month as of 2020 is EUR178.20.
For employees working in Estonia, social security and unemployment insurance contribution rates for 2020 are as follows:
Funded pension contributions at the rate of 2 percent is withheld on gross salary payments to residents if the employee has joined the funded pension system. It is obligatory to an Estonian tax resident born after 1 January 1983 to join the mandatory funded pension system.
Estonia has concluded conventions on social security with different countries/jurisdictions – Canada, Ukraine. Estonia has also concluded an agreement with Russia regulating pension matters.
After joining the EU, Estonia followed the rules stipulated in Council Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71. From 1 May 2010, Council Regulations No 1408/71 and No 574/72 were replaced by Regulations No 883/2004 and No 987/2009.
Where an employee is assigned from a non-treaty country/jurisdiction to perform work duties in Estonia, the unemployment insurance premium and social tax are payable in Estonia, except if the international agreement prescribes different rules.
As a main rule, Estonian social security contributions are always payable by an Estonian employer or a non-resident (foreign) employer operating in Estonia if the work is performed in Estonia. This applies irrespective of the nationality of the employee.
Are there any gift, wealth, estate, and/or inheritance taxes in Estonia?
There are no inheritance or gift taxes in Estonia.
Are there real estate taxes in Estonia?
With effect from 2013, the land below and around residential buildings is generally tax exempt if certain conditions are met.
The standard VAT rate is 20 percent and the reduced rate is 9 percent.
For employees – resident and non-resident - working in Estonia, unemployment insurance contribution rates for 2020 are as follows:
Are there additional taxes in Estonia that may be relevant to the general assignee? For example, customs tax, excise tax, stamp tax, and so on.
There are no local taxes in Estonia.
There is no declaring/reporting obligation in Estonia.
All information contained in this publication is summarized by KPMG Baltics OÜ, the Estonian member firm affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity, based on based on the Estonian Income Tax Act, Social Tax Act, the Web sites of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, the Police and Border Guard Board and Ministry of Financial Affairs.
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