We have spent the last year or so coming to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic, which has changed our daily lives beyond recognition. While we keep thinking mainly about the restrictions and outbreak statistics, it would be useful to figure out whether companies are now subject to a heightened risk of money laundering and terrorism and proliferation financing (“ML/TPF”) and whether the internal control systems set up by persons subject to the Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism and Proliferation Financing Act are still as effective as they were before the pandemic.
The new era of digitalisation sees companies increasingly adopting new tools and automations to stay competitive in the marketplace. Yet before implementing any new tool or automation, the company needs to consider a great deal of factors that can affect or stop it from achieving the desired result. Those factors are unique for each company, line of business, and internal processes. Automations and new digital tools are not magic bullets and don’t bring e-happiness. Adopting each solution has its own criteria that must be met to maximise returns on the time and capital invested.
Growing companies tend to see an increase in the amount of documentation and financial accounting data they generate. While the concept of paperless accounting is improved by developers of technology solutions and by digital start-ups, it is implemented by each company individually to make its accounting more straightforward and efficient, allowing its stakeholders to handle its financial accounting data with ease.
Amid the international outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting public uncertainty, we see that crime in general, including fraud, blackmail, money laundering and other economic crime, tends to grow. It basically makes sense to expect such activities from persons that have been involved in illegal activities and tried to exploit the weakest links of the existing legal framework and public order in their own interests. A similar illegal strategy is implemented in the present situation, in which people are focusing on other crucial and urgent issues and becoming less cautious or making rash decisions because of the emergency situation. Practice also suggests that the rising crime rates are directly linked to the circumstances caused by COVID-19.
Technology plays a huge role in many industries and particularly affects bookkeeping and financial accounting. Specialist digital skills and experience of working with state-of-the-art technological solutions as well as the skill of creating and developing digital tools are key to successful financial accounting and management in your company.
Paying Taxes 2020, an annual study of global tax administration produced by PwC and the World Bank Group, finds that economies around the world have made it substantially easier for their businesses to pay taxes thanks to technology. The report highlights the significant advantages that tax authorities give their taxpayers if they embrace technological advances. In Brazil and Vietnam, for example, the time it takes to comply with tax obligations fell by 23%, while some other countries reported a big drop in the number of tax payments.
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.