Virtual Office FAQ

Estonia is NO. 1 most entrepreneurial country in Europe (World Economic Forum) with the world’s most digitally advanced society

  • The taxation system of Estonia is favourable because the refinanced and retained profit is not subject to the corporate income tax. All taxation can be done remotely. So do company establishment, accounting etc.
  • Secure online access to company data (legal facts, accounting, banking, taxes, etc.), allowing you to operate the company from anywhere in the world without the need for a regular physical presence in Estonia.
  • Member of the European Union
  • Member of the European Monetary Union (currency: Euro)
  • English is widely spoken
  • Transparent and attractive tax system
  • Rapid company registration and business set up
  • Easy business management via innovative e-solutions
  • Pro-business environment
Category: General
Tag: Estonia

To provide contact person services there is a need for a licence, we have that. Virtual Office in Estonia has a licence (licence no FIU000051) to be an authorized contact person in Estonia. The licence is provided by Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Category: General
Tag: Estonia
  • A Virtual Office in Estonia gives You all the benefits of a prime Tallinn location without the need to actually be there and without a cost of renting property or office.
  • Virtual Office gives You a Tallinn central area address which You can use on your letterhead, website and other communications.
  • The real address and physical presence in the country for correspondence, not just a PO Box. A post can be held or re-directed to You.
  • Virtual Office address is mandatory by Estonian Commercial code for establishing a company in Estonia.
  • The service is also suitable for e-residents that want to establish their company in Estonia and need a legal address. The e-residency program allows anyone in the world to apply for digital identity and legally operate a business virtually based in Estonia, an EU member since 2004.
  • We offer also contact person service, help with establishing a company, bookkeeping, applying for VAT etc.
Category: General

An e-resident is a non-resident according to Estonian tax legislation.

Only income derived in Estonia is taxed in Estonia.

If there is no activity or income derived from Estonia, taxes should be paid in the country where the service is provided or activity is done or income is derived from, the pure e-residency alone does not influence the foreign or Estonian taxation.

The Estonian e-residency does not automatically exempt from taxation elsewhere.

An Estonian company established by an e-resident is an Estonian tax resident.

Category: Tax

Residents pay tax on their worldwide income. Taxable income includes, in particular, income from employment (salaries, wages, bonuses and other remuneration); business income; interest, royalties, rental income; capital gains; pensions and scholarships (except scholarships financed from the state budget or paid on the basis of law). Taxable income does not include dividends paid by Estonian or foreign companies when the underlying profits have already been taxed.

The personal income tax is withheld from the employees’ gross salary every month and paid by the employer.

Non-residents pay personal income tax only on their income received from Estonian sources. Taxable income in Estonia includes:

  • income from work under a labour contract or contractor’s agreement in Estonia
  • income from business carried out in Estonia
  • interest income received from Estonia (only if it is substantially higher than that of similar debt claims)
  • royalties
  • income from the lease of assets located in Estonia
  • gains from disposal of assets located in Estonia
  • directors’ fees paid by Estonian enterprises; » income of a sportsman or an artist from his or her activities in Estonia
  • pensions and scholarships
Category: Tax

The rate of social tax is 33% (20% for social security and 13% for health insurance). Besides the social tax, unemployment insurance tax at a rate of 0.8% must be paid on the gross salary (an additional 1.6% is withheld from the employees’ salary).

Employers registered in Estonia (including the permanent establishments of foreign entities) must pay social tax on all payments made to employees, except on those specifically exempted by law.

Category: Tax

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There is no corporate income tax on retained and reinvested profits.

Tax on distributed profits is 14-20%.

Distributed profits include:

  • corporate profits distributed in the tax period
  • gifts, donations and representation expenses
  • expenses and payments not related to business
  • transfer of the assets of the permanent establishment to its head office or to other companies

Dividends paid to non-residents are no longer subject to withholding tax, irrespective of participation in the share capital of the distributing Estonian company. However, various withholding taxes may still apply to other payments to non-residents if they do not have a permanent establishment in Estonia or unless the tax treaties otherwise provide.

As the tax period for corporate entities is a month, income tax must be returned and paid monthly by the 10th day of the following month.

It is possible to run your company without any corporate income taxation at all.

Category: Tax

The standard rate of VAT is 20%, the reduced rate is 9% and 0% in some cases.

The taxable period is one calendar month, and VAT returns must be submitted to the tax authority by the 20th day of the month following the taxable period.

Usually, Tax and Customs Board will register with the VAT for those companies that engage in economic activities or prove their commencement (§ 20 (4) of the Value Added Tax Act).

As a result, the registration of non-operating ready-made companies is usually not possible for the sale of companies by sellers of the companies.

It is possible to buy formerly operating companies, including VAT registered companies. In this case, the registration of the company as a VAT taxpayer will be retained.

Category: Tax

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