Embracing Uber, Estonia shows tax needn’t be an issue

By David Mardiste TALLINN (Reuters) – With Estonia set to become the first country in Europe to fully legalize ride-sharing companies like Uber, authorities are linking up Uber drivers digitally to the tax office in a move that may set a precedent for regulating the new sharing economy. Some European cities have responded with curbs and bans on companies like Uber and home-sharing site Airbnb, which challenge traditional industries such as taxi services and hotels, drawing complaints of unfair competition and accusations of tax evasion. Estonia has, meanwhile, embraced the new industry and has collaborated with it over a new tax arrangement.

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