What is the amount of tax burden on wages in Estonia?

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Rates of taxation as of January 1, 2018

 

1. Taxes on wages

1.1 Taxes withheld from gross remuneration for work of an employee

  • Income tax is 20%
  • Unemployment insurance is 1.6%
  • Pension insurance is 2%
  • Total tax burden withheld from wages is 23.6%

1.2 Taxes charged (“on top of”) gross remuneration for an employee’s labor

  • Unemployment insurance is 0.8%
  • Social tax is 33%
  • The minimum obligation for social tax is EUR 155.10 EUR (470 x 33%) per month (usually applied at one main working place)
  • Total amount of taxes charged on top of wages is 33.8%

1.3 Tax benefits to the extent of ​​taxation of wages

Income tax is not suffered

  • A non-taxable amount is EUR 0-500 per month and EUR 0-6000 per year (prerequisite – application to an employer, typically filed at one main working place)

Example 1

Gross remuneration for labor is EUR 1,000.
The amount of all taxes (withheld and accrued) is EUR 530.80.
Net wages is EUR 807.20.
Employer’s total costs and the wage fund are EUR 1,338.
Tax burden on wages taking into consideration the non-taxable amount of EUR 180 and pension insurance of 2% is 53.08% of the gross remuneration for labor.

Example 2

In Estonia, the minimum gross remuneration for labor is EUR 500.
The amount of all taxes (withheld and accrued) is EUR 187.
Net wages is EUR 482.
Employer’s total costs and the wage fund are EUR 669.
Tax burden on wages taking into consideration the non-taxable amount of EUR 500 and pension insurance of 2% is 37.40% of the gross remuneration for labor.

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