IREF - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues
Fiscal competition and economic freedom
The system of taxation of corporate profits, introduced in 2000 in Estonia, is unique. Under this system the reinvested profit is not taxed, only the distributed profit is taxed. Thus, the taxation is shifted from the moment when profits are earned to the moment when profits are distributed to the owners of the capital. This is the reason why the Estonian system of corporate taxation became well known as “zero corporate profit on reinvested profit”.