Both before and during the Covid-19 crisis, some companies have been providing their employees with free meals and transport between home and work for the sake of business continuity. This article explores the VAT implications of this practice.
As you may know, Latvian taxable persons can recover VAT paid on purchases in another member state under Council Directive 2008/9/EC, i.e. local VAT is refunded to taxable persons that are not established in the member state but are established in another. As Britain left the EU on 31 January 2020 with a period of transition to 31 December 2020, the single EU VAT refund procedure is no longer available to recover UK VAT after 1 January 2021. The single procedure can still be used to recover any UK VAT paid in 2020, but the filing deadline is almost upon us: 31 March 2021.
When employees are sent on business trips abroad, various online platforms are increasingly used for booking the necessary accommodation and transport services. A variety of other goods and services are also being ordered online from foreign vendors. Any documents received often fail to make it clear whether VAT has been charged on the supply and who is the other party (the platform or its customer). This article explores a few models commonly found across the EU from the buyer’s point of view.
On 20 January 2021 the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) ruled on case C‑655/19 to determine whether a transaction, in which an individual sold properties he acquired as creditor through enforcement procedures after he had provided mortgages, is considered economic activity within the meaning of the VAT directive and attracts VAT. This article explores the CJEU’s findings.
To ensure systematic accounting for VAT and prevent evasion where a supply continues for a long time and the tax point is difficult to identify, the VAT Act lays down time limits for issuing a tax invoice and reporting VAT. But are those deadlines applicable to a supply between two Latvian-registered taxable persons where the customer is responsible for accounting for VAT (“local reverse charge”)?
Many wholesalers and service providers allow volume discounts and other types of after-sales discounts. This article explores how a discount affects the VAT charged earlier in accordance with legislation.
Recent years have seen new players rapidly entering the financial services market: FinTech companies. The name itself suggests that these companies are operating where financial services meet technology. FinTech companies are promoting and developing the banking business and are themselves becoming an alternative to traditional banking. This article explores some key VAT issues facing FinTech companies.
In its ruling C‑787/18 (Sögård Fastigheter AB) of 26 November 2020 the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) looked into an obligation to adjust input tax on capital goods in a supply of real estate (“RE”) and which party is liable. This article explores some of the CJEU findings.
Does the land owner – a taxable person registered for Latvian VAT – have a right to demand payment of VAT in a forced lease of land? And should the amount of VAT be included in or paid on top of the rent? In this article we are looking for answers.
In our Flash News editions of 6 March and 15 May 2020 we said that the EU is planning to simplify the VAT treatment of e-commerce and Latvia is planning to amend the VAT Act on e-commerce. This article explores the progress in adopting these changes and the latest e-commerce developments in the UK.
For an ever-decreasing number of businesses, financial return remains the top priority. For others, whether driven by investor demand, regulation or the desire to enhance societal value, there is now an expectation that organisations make environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and sustainability integral to their corporate strategy, philosophy and reporting. Where does your business lie on the spectrum?
If a stock option awarded to an employee does not meet the criteria for the tax favoured treatment and is consequently taxable at vesting, the Latvian employer is liable to report the award for personal income tax (PIT) and national social insurance contributions (NSIC) purposes and ensure taxes are paid.
PwC provides general information about –
1. why tax resident status is important and how it is determined;
2. when you are liable to file a Latvian annual income tax return and when you can do so voluntarily;
3. social security arrangements.