Publicly available information on Latvian companies growing their exports or launching business abroad is always welcome, yet they have to meet foreign administrative requirements, including legal issues (work safety, employment, permits and registrations) as well as accounting and taxation. This article explores the obligation to pay foreign corporate income tax (“CIT”) and employee taxes potentially facing a Latvian company. VAT rules are usually assessed separately and a VAT registration requirement can arise where there is no obligation to register for other taxes, hence no VAT comments here.
Collective agreements are a rare occurrence in Latvia, yet they can lay down employment terms such as minimum pay, extra pay and social guarantees applicable to a company in a given industry. These conditions can be enforced whether or not the employer belongs to the main group of employers, so each industry needs to monitor how the social dialogue between employers and workers is progressing. This article explores the significance of collective agreements and their key terms.
The results of a tax audit tend to come as a nasty surprise for the taxpayer. If challenging the tax decision has failed to bring a favourable solution and the option of litigation is not acceptable, the taxpayer can consider reaching a settlement with the SRS to minimise the adverse effects of the tax decision on the taxpayer’s business or financial position.
The topic continued from MindLink.lv news 24.07.2020. Based on EU and Latvian legislation, in 2019 the Financial Intelligence Unit drew up guidelines, describing methods for identifying politically exposed persons (“PEPs”).
In times of adverse and significant events, such as a war, crisis or pandemic, there is a certain group of people that will try to exploit the national emergency situation in their own interests. It is no surprise that this phenomenon has now surfaced in response to the global outbreak of COVID-19. At the very outset of the pandemic, cybersecurity companies and news agencies repeatedly warned us about an increase in phishing attacks, with people receiving virus reports from authorities such as the WHO enticing them to download malware on their devices.
Governments and health supervisory agencies around the world have launched an all-out fight against COVID-19, but more needs to be done. Several countries have quarantined millions of people, and if the situation deteriorates, more countries might follow suit. COVID-19 has become a serious risk for the Latvian economy as well as globally.
We have lately heard that it is advisable to register your company as a person subject to the Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist and Proliferation Financing (AML/CTPF) Act rather than receiving a letter from the State Revenue Service (SRS) warning that they are about to examine your system of internal controls, which does not exist. This article explores how much of this talk is true.
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.