With Covid-19 restrictions being lifted in Latvia and across Europe, companies are returning to their normal working arrangements, including staff education and team building events. Event organisers, too, are resuming their business activities. The VAT treatment is clear as long as the customer is a Latvian company and the event is held in Latvia. But what happens if the event is held or the customer established in another EU member state? This article explores key aspects of event organisation services.
As the cost of living is rising day by day, people are struggling to embrace the need to cut carbon emissions as a priority. Tax policy is one of the tools capable of affecting our decisions. So it is very important to devise a long-term tax strategy that would encourage us to change our daily habits and switch over to green energy.
The member states may even introduce a specially reduced rate of VAT (down to 0%, without restricting the supplier’s right to deduct input tax) on supplies of solar panels to private homes and public buildings. A reduced rate may also be applied on supplies of electricity, district heating and cooling, and certain biogas, as well as on the supply and installation of certain very efficient low-emission heating systems. Latvia will have to stop applying a reduced rate on supplies of wood used as fuel by 1 January 2030.
This article explores some of the tax implications for people installing solar panels at their homes.
By decision of Parliament Speaker I. Murniece, the double tax treaty (DTT) and its protocol have been suspended indefinitely from 16 May. The decision makes unavailable from this date the DTT and national reliefs that provided for an exemption on the basis that Russia had a DTT with Latvia. In this article we explore how this decision affects paying taxes. And we note that the Latvia-Russia social security agreement is still in force.
Four years of work have been crowned with amendments passed to the VAT directive concerning a reduced rate of VAT on 5 April 2022. The new provisions will give the governments of the EU member states greater flexibility in applying the rates and will ensure transnational equality. The reduced rates clearly point to EU shared priorities, such as protection of public health, fight against climate change, and support for the European Green Deal, while preparing to phase out the current preferential regime for environmentally damaging supplies.
For many years, challenging the receipt of intragroup services and commercial benefits has been among the most popular grounds for corporate income tax (CIT) assessments made by the State Revenue Service (SRS). Our analysis of one of the latest publicly available transfer pricing court cases leads to the conclusion that such a taxpayer dispute with the SRS has not lost its relevance. This article looks at an example from the Latvian court case – the taxpayer’s dispute with the SRS over missing evidence that the taxpayer has actually received management services from a related foreign company.
Council Directive 2020/284 of 18 February 2020 amending Directive 2006/112/EC as regards introducing certain requirements for payment service providers (the “Directive”) states that these providers (credit institutions, payment institutions, electronic money institutions, and post office giro payment institutions) operating in the EU will have to keep electronic records of cross-border payment data and exchange those records with a newly formed Central Electronic System of Payment information (CESOP) database as from 1 January 2024.
On 24 February 2022 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on a dispute over the VAT treatment of costs the customer had recharged to the supplier of goods under the contract during the warranty period. This article explores what the CJEU found and how those findings can be put into practice.
Our customers often ask us if transfer pricing adjustments affect VAT. This is an issue that remains unresolved by the VAT directive, the Latvian VAT Act, the Cabinet of Ministers’ rules, or guidelines issued by the State Revenue Service (SRS). Even the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has never dealt with this issue in its rulings. This article explores an opinion expressed by the European Commission’s VAT committee.
As the war in Ukraine goes on, many companies have unselfishly donated to Ukrainian residents and to Ukrainian refugees having crossed the EU border. Does the current tax regime encourage donations? And how has the Latvian government responded to the present situation?
On 20 January 2022 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on C-90/20 (Apcoa Parking Danmark A/S) regarding the VAT treatment of a fee the operator of car parks located on private land charges any motorist who breaks the parking terms and conditions. This article explores the CJEU’s findings and their practical implications.
Latvia is committed to reducing its CO2 emissions. One of the objectives is to cut emissions from road vehicles. This can be done by minimising the overall use of transport and by encouraging the use of vehicles with low or zero CO2 emissions. This article explores what incentives are available for buying and using electric vehicles (EVs) in Latvia and other member states.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has examined a question that often faces Latvian taxable persons. May an excessive price of advertising services and the fact that they are not clearly necessary for the company’s business give the tax authority grounds for denying a deduction of input tax on the advertising expenses? This article explores the court findings and their practical implications.
Drafted by the Budgetary and Fiscal Committee, endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers and passed by Parliament, amendments to the VAT Act are waiting to be announced by the President of Latvia. The amendments are mainly related to changes in other pieces of legislation or meant to take over several VAT directives amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of value added tax. This article explores what we see as key amendments.
When goods are supplied to a person in another member state, one might wonder how VAT should be properly applied if the customer has not presented his VAT registration number, yet he is known to be a trader. Is this an intra-Community distance sale or an intra-Community supply of goods? Since the VAT treatment varies, it is important to understand the features of each transaction.
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.
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.