From cash-in-hand to traceable, electronic payments

11 December 2015 - In this article, Uber shares its enthusiasm for its partnership in Estonia, which is well-known for having one of the most “customer”-friendly tax filing systems in the world. Today, every Estonian citizen can log into an online tax portal where their personal information — including income, VAT registration and other data — is already filled out. All they need to do is check it’s accurate and then click to submit their return. The result: 40 percent of taxpayers submit their return with one click, in under one minute. Uber’s partnership with the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (TCB), which we announced in September, is designed to explore whether it would be possible to build a new digital platform that could easily and securely work with Uber’s systems. If we could make this work — and it is still early days — then individuals could opt-into the system and Uber would send their fare and other information directly to the TCB, for inclusion into its tax database. The result: they would be able to declare the income they earn using the app at the push of a button.

Uber Under the Hood (Uber Policy Team) (2015), 'From cash-in-hand to traceable, electronic payments', Medium, 11 December.


  • Uber
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • Estonia
  • 2015
  • Article
  • taxation
  • English
  • Medium (Publisher)
  • Open access
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