The current economic challenges, such as high inflation, scarce resources and pressures to increase profitability, continue pushing businesses towards a global dilemma: either motivate your workers to stay on with a pay rise and then say goodbye to your profit, or cancel your plans for higher pay and perks and then lose skilled workers. This dilemma might have you looking for some more efficient types of employer’s financial support with a low or no tax burden, such as non-taxable fringe benefits. This article offers an overview of exempt fringes and other useful tools employers can use to support their workers in the Baltic States.
Globalisation means it’s common for companies to have their corporate clients and various procurement projects in countries other than their main place of business. To properly benefit from foreign procurement projects, it’s important to assess not only the benefits but also risks associated with such business opportunities, particularly tax risks. If your company has a permanent establishment (PE) in a foreign country, it’s important to be aware of the corporate income tax and payroll tax implications of operating there. In this article, we take a look at employment tax risks and key issues to consider.
On 18 April 2023 the Supreme Court ruled on case No. A420131521 concerning the classification of non-business expenses for corporate income tax (CIT) purposes, application of the concept of labour lease, and additional taxes charged by the State Revenue Service (SRS) in the construction sector, where subcontracted labour was used. By its ruling the Supreme Court refused the company’s request for reversal of the SRS’s decision, which remains unchanged and has taken effect. We feel MindLink subscribers should become familiar with this decision by which the SRS charged CIT and national social insurance (NSI) contributions, as well as a late fee and a penalty. For personal income tax (PIT) purposes, only a penalty was charged.
A new year, a new beginning! As usual, this article summarises the provisions of tax laws and other legislation affecting the calculation of national social insurance (NSI) contributions, solidarity tax (ST) and personal income tax (PIT) on wages and salaries in 2023.
The last decade has seen a considerable increase in regulatory requirements in the governance and non-financial reporting space. At the same time, various stakeholders (shareholders, employees, customers etc) are expecting reliable, high-quality and standardised information from companies on their governance practices and non-financial performance. Both of these factors affect companies in Latvia as well.
On 13 December 2022 the Cabinet of Ministers passed amendments to Rule No. 656 of 24 November 2015, setting a new monthly minimum wage for normal working hours and laying down procedures for calculating the minimum hourly tariff rate. The amendments are coming into force on 1 January 2023.
Proposals for amending the National Social Insurance (NSI) Act were sent to the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Justice for approval on 10 November 2022. This article explores some of the proposed changes.
With advanced technology and improved international cooperation, people are becoming less and less tied down to a particular residence. Many relocate from Latvia to live abroad indefinitely. Since this is a new experience for most people, this article summarises key tax aspects a Latvian tax resident should consider in the case of relocation.
Although the single tax account has been up and running since 1 January 2021, taxpayers keep wondering about how payments are recognised in the systems run by the State Revenue Service (SRS) and how taxpayer liabilities are covered. There are issues in how payments are applied to cover mandatory national social insurance (NSI) contributions and other tax liabilities. Since NSI is a cornerstone of the social security system, the National Social Insurance Agency (NSIA) and the SRS have started addressing those NSI issues. This article explores what problems the two bodies are facing and how they plan to solve them.
This article summarises the provisions of tax laws and other legislation affecting the calculation of personal income tax (“PIT”), national social insurance (“NSI”) contributions and solidarity tax (“ST”) on wages and salaries in 2022.
Since the adoption of a minimum rate for mandatory national social insurance (NSI) contributions, certain industries have seen an increase in the number of functions being outsourced. Companies are also consolidating their jobs to replace any part-time workers that were not socially insured for at least the minimum monthly wage. This article looks at extra work in detail.
The payroll tax gap has tended to diminish slowly but surely since 2016, according to a 2020 national social insurance (NSI) and personal income tax (PIT) gap assessment recently carried out by the State Revenue Service (SRS).
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”).
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.
On 27 May 2021 a meeting of state secretaries heard the announcement of draft rules to be issued by the Cabinet of Ministers, which provide for adopting the minimum and maximum income that is subject to voluntary national social insurance (“NSI”) contributions and to mandatory contributions for self-employed persons. This article explores the new draft rules, which are to replace Cabinet Rule No. 1478 of 17 December 2013.
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.