On 2 August the Ministry of Finance published a proposal for amending the Personal Income Tax (PIT) Act to change the rate applicable to foreign nationals working remotely in Latvia. If approved, the proposal will come into force on 1 January 2023. There is no knowing how the proposal will move on, as it still needs approval from the Ministry of Justice, but we can examine its potential impact.
Nowadays renting out real estate (RE) is a common line of business carried on by individuals. The growing popularity of www.booking.com and www.airbnb.com makes choosing the right tax scheme an important decision. Latvian law offers a number of ways to register a business and pay taxes. This article explores what options are available when it comes to registering a person’s RE letting and whether it is possible to change the form of registration.
With employee stock options becoming increasingly popular, Latvian companies too are offering this incentive not only to their own employees but to those of their subsidiaries. This article explores the corporate income tax (CIT), personal income tax (PIT) and national social insurance (NSI) implications of a Latvian company awarding stock options to its own and subsidiary employees.
The Covid-19 pandemic had a significant impact on people’s habits, with restrictions affecting many events, including contests. More and more public events are taking place as we return to normal life. Various contests are being held, and individuals taking part win prizes. What taxes apply on such cash and non-cash prizes? Who is responsible for reporting this income and paying taxes? Is it the individual or the company that holds the contest and pays the benefit?
With the summer holidays approaching, student employment is an option. This article explores tax aspects to be considered if a student wants to do paid work during the summer holiday, how such income is treated, and what tax relief is available to parents.
On 20 April 2022 the Regional Administrative Court again ruled on a dispute between a Latvian company and the State Revenue Service (SRS) about refunding overpaid personal income tax in a situation of double taxation. This court ruling follows the Supreme Court Administrative Division’s ruling No. A420282416 of 9 July 2020 (SKA-150/2020). The Regional Administrative Court’s anonymised ruling is available under case No. A420282416 (archive No. AA43-0096-22/15).
We are inviting you to listen to a PwC tax podcast about the accounting control system, about the plans of the State Revenue Service to introduce penalties for delays in submitting mandatory declarations and reports, as well as about current issues related to the company's transfer.
On 9 December 2021 the Commission on Public Administration and Local Government urged Parliament to amend the Personal Income Tax (PIT) Act so that the exempt income types would include proceeds from a piece of land that is sold under the Termination of Forced Shared Ownership in Privatised Apartment Blocks Act after being held for more than 60 months. The proposed amendments were backed in their first reading on 20 January. More proposals for amending other sections of the PIT Act have been submitted for the second reading, including ones that seek to promote the development of the Latvian capital market. This article summarises what we see as key proposals.
We have written before about the statutory personal income tax (PIT) scheme for income from investment accounts effective from 1 January 2018. We have looked at steps the account owner – an individual – must take to qualify for the tax-favoured treatment. This article explores a letter from the State Revenue Service (SRS) explaining whether a non-Latvian tax resident earning income from dealings in financial instruments is eligible for the investment account scheme.
Looking for shelter from the war, Ukrainian civilians are emigrating en masse. Several thousands of refugees have entered Latvia, and some Latvian companies have already come forward to employ them. This article explores the tax treatment of these persons being employed in Latvia.
Latvian tax residents are also taking the opportunity to work abroad. A Latvian tax resident meeting certain criteria may become a tax resident in the foreign country where he is employed. Selling real estate (RE) located in Latvia or other assets may raise the question of which country’s personal income tax (PIT) is payable on the profit you make on the transaction.
From 1 March it is possible to prepare the annual income tax return for 2021 through the Electronic Declaration System (EDS) of the State Revenue Service (SRS). This article explores what situations mandate this filing and what time limits apply, as well as other related issues.
With the labour market crossing national borders, Latvian employers are looking abroad to attract not only management talent but also routine workers. As the Covid-19 crisis lingers on and the significance of remote work grows, Latvian companies are increasingly wondering about the best ways to employ foreign workers, especially if they work remotely from their home country.
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.
E-commerce businesses making cross-border supplies of goods and services to consumers in the EU as well as electronic interfaces facilitating those supplies are advised to evaluate how the expected VAT changes affect their VAT registration and compliance requirements.
The new rules are rather complex and require a detailed analysis to assess their impact and conditions for implementing them. We have put together the most critical changes affecting a number of e-commerce businesses.
Effective as of 1 July 2021.