Employment offences commonly lead to an administrative penalty, yet employers with no practical experience of the National Labour Office’s administrative offence proceedings do not always have a clear picture of how a penalty is determined and what principles apply. This article explores the main stages of a penalty and ways to challenge it.
Latvia has offered a temporary residence permit (TRP) in exchange for investment for many years. A number of businessmen and investors found this to be an attractive proposition, as it allowed them to successfully start or continue their business in Latvia and freely travel across Europe. As is often the case, however, the devil is in the details. The question of taxes can ruin your business plan and form a basis for cancelling your TRP.
Companies often provide various intragroup services for optimisation purposes. Whether such companies are governed by the Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism and Proliferation Financing Act (the “Act”) is a question that has always come under a great deal of scrutiny. Effective from 12 July 2021, section 3 of the Act contains subsection 6, which prescribes exclusions and answers questions that group companies tend to ask when assessing whether they are governed by the Act. This article explores how intragroup services qualify for statutory exclusions.
In July 2021 the OECD released Latvia’s Stage 2 Peer Review Report findings obtained in peer-reviewing its progress with implementing the Minimum Standard of BEPS Action 14 for improving tax dispute resolution mechanisms. Stage 2 aims to monitor the implementation of recommendations arising from Latvia’s Stage 1 Peer Review Report. Overall the Stage 2 report finds that Latvia has eliminated most of the flaws found in the Stage 1 report.
The year 2021 and the current macroeconomic cycle have brought a number of adjustments and uncertainty about the future to households (private consumers), businesses of various sizes, and policymakers. Covid-19 and related paradigm changes, the risk of recurrent pandemic, disrupted logistics and supply chains, and other factors create substantial risks affecting companies’ ability to stay in business and grow. This article explores common causes of financial distress and debt restructuring tools, including how companies can reach an agreement with the State Revenue Service on paying taxes.
We have written earlier about amendments to the Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism and Proliferation Financing Act (the “Act”), which, among other things, will make it easier for persons that are subject to the Act (“Subjects”) to report suspicious transactions and will set up a common customer due diligence tool. This article explores changes to the requirements affecting the ultimate beneficial owner (“UBO”) of a Subject.
The Competition Council’s decisions on a number of recently completed controversial investigations have raised the question of recovering damages caused by an infringement of competition law. What circumstances should the injured party and the offender take into account if anyone harmed by a competition offence has the right to claim compensation for that harm?
The legal form, meaning the contract between related parties and its provisions, has always been among the factors that come into play when assessing whether prices applied in controlled transactions are arm’s length. This article discusses why the legal form of a transaction is important, looks at a common approach to preparing intragroup contracts, and explores some rules that should be followed when drafting those contracts to mitigate transfer pricing risks.
The power of the State Revenue Service (“SRS”) to adjust the amount of tax due is primarily laid down by section 23(1) of the Taxes and Duties Act. The period open to review is limited to three years, and it is generally accepted that a person’s tax burden cannot be revised outside this period. Yet the SRS takes the view that a person’s obligation to pay taxes is not limited in time and is not really covered by the statute of limitations. We have encountered a practice in which, on finding an incorrect tax payment for a period outside the three years, the person was given the option of voluntarily filing the relevant tax returns and paying additional taxes. To stimulate this voluntary action, the person was warned that the SRS might pass their information to the Finance Police in order to decide on starting a criminal prosecution. This practice is now developing in such a way that a taxpayer’s mistake in filing tax returns for earlier periods is interpreted as voluntary performance of their obligation and an action that cannot be rectified.
With the Covid-19 pandemic leading to many redundancies, the courts are increasingly hearing disputes over mistakes employers make in laying off their workers. This suggests a lack of understanding of how a workforce reduction should be achieved lawfully. It is important in this context for the employer to offer the worker another job before issuing a redundancy notice.
On 21 April 2021 the European Commission published its proposal for a regulation on artificial intelligence (“AI”), the first piece of legislation in Europe to govern AI matters. This article explores key provisions of the proposed regulation.
Although the employment contract is a key basis for each company’s business and its content is quite exhaustively prescribed by section 40 of the Labour Act, in practice we often encounter incorrect, inaccurate and in certain cases even unlawful terms of the employment contract. It is important to review employment contracts regularly, and this article will help you notice some crucial faults in your employment contracts that are often ignored, as well as suggesting improvements.
Making a false claim or providing insufficient information can be recognised as an unfair commercial practice. This article explores some common mistakes made by persons selling goods or providing services (“sellers”) that are recognised as unfair commercial practices by the Consumer Rights Protection Centre (the “Regulator”).
The principle of penalty individualisation applies in tax law, too. Even if a taxpayer has broken the law the tax authority is permitted by law to treat the taxpayer leniently and charge half a penalty if he meets certain conditions. This article explores what conditions the latest case law says the tax authority should assess to establish that the taxpayer has filed returns and paid taxes on time.
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