Terms such as sustainability, the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) are increasingly mentioned in public debates and corporate meetings. The more conscientious companies are not only well-versed in sustainability matters but they have set up a corporate structure that will help them report more efficiently on their sustainability performance. Other companies are still looking for a sustainability expert to help them deal with their sustainability obligations. But can hiring a sustainability expert solve all the problems? And what is the board’s role and responsibility for sustainability performance? Read on to find out.
The tax reform in Latvia involved changing its corporate income tax (CIT) system from 1 January 2018. Six years after the new system was put in place, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has evaluated the CIT reform and prepared an evaluation of the impact of the CIT reform in 2018–2023 and a proposed scenario of further action. This article explores the purpose, content and key findings of this evaluation.
No website can function without cookies because they not only make your website functional but also help your company analyse what the visitors to the website are interested in. The National Data Office put together guidelines on cookies in 2022, but creating adequate cookie notices is still a big problem. This article will talk you through steps in creating a pop-up cookie notice on your website that complies with the General Data Protection Regulation.
Setting an arm’s length fee for your intragroup services is one of the transfer pricing (TP) challenges you might face. In 2018 Latvia decided to offer relief for low value-adding services (LVAS) to facilitate this process for companies. If certain criteria are met, LVAS can be analysed under a simplified procedure, meaning the service provider can apply a 5% markup on costs without undertaking a detailed benchmarking study. This article serves to remind you of a key requirement when it comes to taking the simplified approach to LVAS.
We have written before about what a social enterprise is and how it’s different from a business entity in the classical sense. Latvian law has put the Ministry of Welfare (MOW) in charge of fostering and developing social business activity in Latvia, monitoring the development of this sector, and promoting the operation of social enterprises.
We have written before about the popular artificial intelligence (AI) tool, ChatGPT, from both a functionality perspective and a data protection viewpoint. This article explores the latest trends in using generative AI (GenAI) and offers some AI business predictions.
We have informed our MindLink subscribers about the Pillar Two directive’s guidelines, looked at how implementing it could affect companies, and suggested how companies could get ready for the tax changes in good time. This article explores what’s new when it comes to passing the Pillar Two directive into Latvian law.
To get ready for implementation of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), in this article we are looking for the answers to why an external review of sustainability reports is necessary, what review procedures are expected, and how we can prepare ourselves for this change.
On 17 October 2023 the EU amended its blacklist of uncooperative tax havens that are subject to special taxation procedures. The blacklist now contains 16 jurisdictions, including Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, the Republic of Seychelles, and Russia. As 2023 saw the list being amended several times, there are certain tax aspects that may raise questions, yet national law does not always provide the answers. In this article we take a look at what the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the State Revenue Service (SRS) think about the tax treatment of a Latvian-resident individual’s income from a substantial participation in a foreign company, including dividends from a blacklisted tax haven.
In today’s fast-changing employment space, the status of workers has become a subject for legal, social and economic debate. Recent years have seen significant changes to the labour market and to the traditional perceptions of employment, in particular as a result of Covid-19.
In our previous article we offered an introduction to aspects a family business needs to consider when it comes to operating in a different jurisdiction after relocating their company or setting up a new one. In this article we’ll be exploring the regulatory framework and legal structures as well as the tax regime, based on PwC guidelines.
We have written before about the profit split method (PSM) and its potential in transfer pricing (TP) analysis, looking at the essence of this method and the scope for using it. This article explores PSM’s advantages and disadvantages.
In its ruling C26128713, SKC-201/2019 of 28 June 2019, the Supreme Court took a different view on the VAT Act’s condition that the taxable amount should include only taxes payable in relation to a supply of services. The dispute involved a forced lease of land that stipulated a rent plus a compensation of real estate tax (RET). The Supreme Court was assessing whether VAT should be charged on the compensation. First of all, the assessment focused on what items attract RET and who is liable to pay it.
In early 2019 we wrote that all listed companies would have to file consolidated statements in ESEF from the financial year 2020 onwards. The rollout of this format was postponed, however, and it applies starting from the financial statements for 2021.
Tax resident status prescribes a personal income tax (PIT) liability on your worldwide income in your tax residence country. You should carefully assess your tax resident status to avoid potential double taxation, if the tax authorities of two countries treat you as their tax resident.
“By working closely with multiple executives and shareholders of both private and State-owned corporates, we have observed an increasing interest about the capital markets. Business leaders have become more ambitious and better aware of the myriad of benefits from attracting capital via the exchange. At PwC, we are confident that First North Certified Adviser status will allow us to provide a more diversified advice for our clients in the Baltic region and help navigate them in the journey of an intensified capital market activity,” highlights Raimonds Dauksts, Head of Advisory at PwC Latvia.
First North is a growth market designed for ambitious small and medium-sized companies in the Baltics. Being a Certified Adviser permits PwC to guide growth companies in Baltics through the Firth North application process and ensure they meet all the market’s requirements on a continuous basis.
Eiropas Parlaments pagājušā gada novembrī oficiāli apstiprināja Korporatīvās ilgtspējas ziņošanas direktīvu jeb CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive). Šobrīd Eiropas Savienības dalībvalstu, t.sk. Latvijas, rīcībā ir 18 mēneši, lai šo direktīvu pārņemtu savos tiesību aktos. Šādi iecerēts uzlabot pieejamās nefinanšu informācijas kvalitāti, nodrošinot uzņēmumu dažādo ietekmes pušu vajadzības un veicināt kopējo Eiropas pāreju uz ilgtspējīgāku ekonomiku.
Šajā PwC Nodokļu podkāsta epizodē PwC Latvija ilgtspējas pakalpojumu vadītāja Maija Orbidāne skaidro, kādas ir šīs direktīvas prasības, kā tas ietekmēs uzņēmējus Latvijā un kādi ir laicīgi veicamie mājasdarbi šajā sakarā.