The year 2021 and the current macroeconomic cycle have brought a number of adjustments and uncertainty about the future to households (private consumers), businesses of various sizes, and policymakers. Covid-19 and related paradigm changes, the risk of recurrent pandemic, disrupted logistics and supply chains, and other factors create substantial risks affecting companies’ ability to stay in business and grow. This article explores common causes of financial distress and debt restructuring tools, including how companies can reach an agreement with the State Revenue Service on paying taxes.
The Covid-19 pandemic has also affected risk assessment and decision-making processes in organisations. As the pandemic and restrictions ease off, organisations should revise these processes and make any necessary changes.
CEOs and workers are increasingly embracing remote work. CEOs plan to invest more in order to support adoption of the hybrid work model. Workers are not so eager to return to the office as their managers. CEOs face difficult decisions about using office space. These are just a few of the issues and findings from a recent PwC survey.
Retailers and consumers have been recently forced to change their product distribution and shopping habits. The online marketplace is evolving and gaining unprecedented momentum. PwC’s June 2021 Global Consumer Insights Pulse Survey shows that the Covid-19 pandemic has created new consumer groups. Their creation is driven by consumer attitudes and behaviours, which have a great potential to significantly impact how consumers choose their shopping channels, goods, and brands.
Every company must have an accounting policy in place that specifies its accounting principles, as well as laying down rules for how its financial statements should be prepared and how its internal documents should move around. The accounting policy must fit the nature of the company’s business.
If an individual is considered to be tax resident simultaneously in two treaty countries (e.g. Latvia and Lithuania) according to their national law, the dispute over the person’s tax resident status will be resolved by treaty article 4(4), which provides for consecutively assessing the following criteria:
To deal with the Covid-19 crisis in 2020 and 2021, the governments have imposed tight restrictions, including travel restrictions, to contain the pandemic. Various exit and entry restrictions forced many people to stay in Latvia or another country. If you are performing your job duties in Latvia then you may need to consider tax treatment aspects. This article explores how Covid-19 affects the way tax residence is determined under Latvian law.
Latvia has adopted minimum mandatory national social insurance contributions (“NSIC”) from 1 July 2021. The parliamentary opposition as well as several business organisations and industry associations asked the MPs in an open letter to postpone adoption of the minimum NSIC scheme until the economy recovers from the Covid-19 restrictions. Despite public criticisms, the new regime came into force on 1 July. This article explores cases where a self-employed person is permitted not to apply minimum NSIC to their income after filing a written request with the State Revenue Service (“SRS”).
The legal form, meaning the contract between related parties and its provisions, has always been among the factors that come into play when assessing whether prices applied in controlled transactions are arm’s length. This article discusses why the legal form of a transaction is important, looks at a common approach to preparing intragroup contracts, and explores some rules that should be followed when drafting those contracts to mitigate transfer pricing risks.
As the vacation season is approaching, so is the implementation of the controversial minimum income subject to mandatory national social insurance (“NSI”) contributions, which might affect many companies from 1 July 2021. On 24 May, however, the Parliamentary Presidium presented proposals for amending the NSI Act to a committee, urging a deferral of the effective date of the earlier amendments. This article describes the basic principles for applying the minimum NSI income and offers practical examples in case the bill is not approved and the new rules come into force from 1 July.
Idleness benefit and aid for wage subsidy are paid to workers for the period from 9 November 2020 to 30 June 2021. This article summarises key aspects a payroll accountant needs to consider when calculating average earnings for a worker that has received payments as part of state aid for companies affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The annual income tax filing season usually causes workers to scrutinise their income and it becomes important to correctly calculate income for past periods.
Restrictions imposed to tackle the Covid-19 crisis have adversely affected many companies’ ability to carry on the sort of business they were able to do before the emergency situation was announced. It is not only their ability to make a profit that is restricted but also their ability to cover business costs. State aid for shopping malls and sports centres is awaiting approval from the European Commission this week. Both types of aid are to be granted and monitored by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA). An aid application is due by 31 May 2021 (unless the deadline is extended) so it has to be ready in a week’s time with a number of documents attached. LIAA will decide to grant aid by 30 September 2021 and check 15% of aid recipients on a random basis. This article explores key aspects of this aid.
With the Covid-19 pandemic leading to many redundancies, the courts are increasingly hearing disputes over mistakes employers make in laying off their workers. This suggests a lack of understanding of how a workforce reduction should be achieved lawfully. It is important in this context for the employer to offer the worker another job before issuing a redundancy notice.
For e-commerce businesses. Effective 1 July 2021.
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PwC offers a brief video on the impact of COVID-19 on Transfer Pricing in Central and Eastern Europe.