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.
Christmas is a pleasant time of exchanging presents. This season too, companies would like to give presents to their staff and business partners. This article explores their tax treatment. In the emergency circumstances, we will not be discussing “staff sustainability” events such as Christmas parties for employees and their children. We will come back to this topic next year once the epidemiological situation has hopefully improved.
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 on wages and salaries in 2020.
Concern is growing about the UK and the EU being unable to agree on a period of transition to continue doing business under the current legal framework as part of Brexit conditions. This article explores some of the tax implications of a no-deal Brexit for Latvian tax residents posted to or employed in the UK after 29 March 2019.
When starting a new business, it can be a challenging task to establish a sustainable financial infrastructure from the very beginning. For the investors focusing on start-ups, one of the most difficult tasks is determining how to price the investment.