Paper: tax authority should publish its own yearbook

13.04.2012, 10:59

Äripäev writes in its today’s editorial that the Estonian tax authority could follow the example of the security police KAPO and start publishing its own yearbook.

„In the course of tax audits, the tax authority collects a lot ofinformation, documents and other materials that do not constitute a commercial secret, but could be interesting for the public to know.

Example: list of companies that pay the highest average wages and those that pay the smallest average wages.

The objective would not be pointing any fingers or saying which company is evading paying taxes, but it would help to understand how the Estonian companies are managing their business.

Since the tax authority does not yet publish such information, Äripäev decided to do it for it and this week published lists of companies that paid the highest and those that paid the lowest average wages in 2010.

Based on the criteria was that the company had in average 25 employees, it was found out that employees in the highest-paying company earned over 4,000 euros in average a month, while the lowest wages amounted to about EUR 100.

Such information is useful for companies themselves and for their customers.
Honest businessmen have nothing to fear and if they have been managing their business well, they should deserve credit for it.

This would also help to make the whole business more transparent, stir a debate on taxation and raise awareness on tax issues.

For instance, how is it possible that companies that operate in the same business have such a vast gap in average wages.

As for customers, they would have an opportunity to assess whether their service provider or product supplier is legitimate or if there was a risk to be involved in a tax dispute.

Responsibility and sustainability are two important subjects for businesses and consumers alike.

After all, companies that use child labour are similar frauds than companies that avoid taxes.