Estonian companies are not automatically given VAT registration or any other tax numbers when incorporated. Normally Estonian company not registered for VAT only has its 8 digit company registration code for tax purposes.
Registrating a company for VAT in Estonia is either obligatory or voluntary.
An obligation to register for VAT shall arise as of the date on which the taxable supply in Estonia exceeds 40 000 euros calculated from the beginning of a calendar year.
Please note that when selling goods your place of supply needs to be Estonia to register for VAT in Estonia.
You will not be granted voluntary VAT registration in Estonia if you cannot prove that the place of supply will be Estonia and explain your business model with foreseeable revenue sources. Questions asked via email need to be answered by the deadline set by Estonian tax office staff member handling your registration.
So if you would like to register for VAT in Estonia you can apply for voluntary registration with no turnover or wait until your taxable turnover in Estonia is going to surpass 40 000 euros per calendar year.
Generally the supply of goods is in Estonia if the location of the goods sold or dispatched is Estonia. The determination of the place of supply of services depends on the type of service. You can read more here.
The value added tax rate in Estonia is 20% from 1 July 2009.
We always advise to use professional accountant in Estonia for calculating your VAT and filing mandatory monthly VAT reports. For Unicount clients we recommend Pallas & Partners firm monthly accounting service. Pallas accountants would also file your VAT registration on your behalf if the place of supply is Estonia.