The tax reform in Latvia involved changing its corporate income tax (CIT) system from 1 January 2018. Six years after the new system was put in place, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) has evaluated the CIT reform and prepared an evaluation of the impact of the CIT reform in 2018–2023 and a proposed scenario of further action. This article explores the purpose, content and key findings of this evaluation.
We have written before about what a social enterprise is and how it’s different from a business entity in the classical sense. Latvian law has put the Ministry of Welfare (MOW) in charge of fostering and developing social business activity in Latvia, monitoring the development of this sector, and promoting the operation of social enterprises.
We have informed our MindLink subscribers about the Pillar Two directive’s guidelines, looked at how implementing it could affect companies, and suggested how companies could get ready for the tax changes in good time. This article explores what’s new when it comes to passing the Pillar Two directive into Latvian law.
Moving towards a more environmentally friendly and energy-independent urban development in Riga, in October 2022 the Riga City Council passed amendments to Binding Rule No. 109, Procedures for granting real estate tax relief in Riga, which set up a new category of real estate tax (RET) relief – a 50% relief for energy-efficient buildings to be delivered for occupancy after 2023.
The Finance Ministry has come up with a number of proposals for amending the VAT Act from 2024. The goals are to improve the VAT rules by exempting VAT on services that are closely linked to sports, to minimise the administrative burden, to encourage improvements to the business environment, and to revise the conditions for how registered taxable persons can adjust input tax paid on bad debts. The proposals must be approved in their second reading by Parliament before they can take effect. This article explores what we see as key changes to the VAT Act.
The Ministry of Finance has suggested how tax legislation should be amended from 2024. This article explores proposals for amending the Corporate Income Tax (CIT) Act and the VAT Act relating to luxury executive vehicles (LEVs).
Transfer pricing (TP) experts of the State Revenue Service (SRS) have agreed to meet up with Latvian TP consultants on several occasions in late September to debate some pressing TP concerns and to set out the SRS opinion on how to solve current and future TP problems. In this article we will outline SRS comments on TP validation and look at some of the topics and questions put up for debate with the SRS.
We have written before about situations that could have taxpayers confused about the right period for including non-business expenses in the taxable base on the corporate income tax (CIT) return. To pick up where we left off, let’s now explore how and when the company should respond if its non-business expenses have been included in the taxable base but a credit note has arrived for those expenses.
The Corporate Income Tax (CIT) Act requires companies to include their non-business expenses in the taxable base for a particular tax period. Since the tax period is one month, various situations can have you confused about the right period to report such expenses. This article examines four different situations.
By a unilateral decision, Russia has indefinitely suspended certain clauses of its double tax treaties (DTTs) with 38 countries from 8 August 2023. This article examines the list of affected countries and the status of Latvia’s DTT.
Last week we wrote about the Cabinet of Ministers’ new Rule No. 333, List of Tax Havens, and about the changes made to this list – four jurisdictions have been added from 1 July 2023, including Russia. This article explores some aspects of corporate income tax (CIT) treatment you need to consider if you continue doing business with a company from Russia or any other jurisdiction that refuses to cooperate for tax purposes.
The Taxes and Duties Act is among the pieces of legislation that have been amended the most in recent months. A number of important changes have been made to reviews facing taxpayers and ways of settling disagreements with the State Revenue Service (SRS).
We have written before that on 14 February 2023 the EU Council decided to add another four to the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes: British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Marshall Islands, and Russia. This article explores relevant changes made to Latvian legislation this summer.
In Latvia the rights and obligations of taxpayers and tax authorities, including the SRS, are prescribed by the Taxes and Duties Act and the State Revenue Service Act. Under this legislation, the primary onus is on the taxpayer to compute and pay their taxes to the government.
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.