Estonia -Reduction of envelope wages -May 30, 2015

Reduction in State's deprivation of tax revenue as the payment of ‘envelope wages’ decrease in 2014.

A survey conducted by the Institute of Economic Research showed that while in 2013, the state was deprived due to the payment of ‘envelope wages’ of 154 million euro in tax revenue, the loss of tax revenue in 2014 because of this reason was 92.5 million euro. The causes for this reduction are the employees registry set up by the Tax and Customs Board, increase of employees' awareness and decrease of the unemployment rate. An increasing number of employers and employees consider it important to work based on official contracts. 

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