We have written earlier about the corporate income tax (“CIT”) treatment of payments made to a non-resident company on which tax must be withheld under section 5 of the CIT Act. This article explores the legal framework, examples and supporting documents for the most common type of payment: management and consulting fees.
To pick up where we left off in our earlier article Ways of reducing tax on profit distribution, which discusses how to minimise your corporate income tax (“CIT”) liability when distributing “new” profits, this article explores some personal income tax (“PIT”) relief an individual can take even if the company has already claimed one of the available CIT reliefs according to the current practice.
Having the status of a public benefit organisation (“PBO”) not only demonstrates that the organisation is working for the public good but also motivates the PBO to raise donations and receive various tax and other advantages. Donations are a key source of various PBO public benefit projects, while donors can claim tax advantages. The Ministry of Finance (“MOF”) has issued an informative report on the activities and development of PBOs. This article offers a brief summary and looks at what companies think about this relief and whether it has promoted PBO operations.
The G7 finance ministers announced an agreement on 5 June in which the participating countries committed to new taxing rights allowing countries to reallocate some portion of large multinational companies’ profits to markets (i.e. where sales arise – “Pillar One”) as well as enacting a global minimum tax rate of at least 15% (“Pillar Two”). The meeting marked an early test of whether the US position on the OECD Inclusive Framework’s “Taxation of the Digitalising Economy” project would provide momentum to finding a common base for agreement.
Latvian companies often approach foreign organisations or individuals to draw on their expertise and receive advice on matters that are crucial for the Latvian company’s growth. This assistance is best received from a group company in the form of management services or consulting services but the Latvian company may have to hire an unrelated foreign company or personal consultant. This article explores Latvian tax implications (including for the Latvian company) and how to tell whether it is personal income tax (“PIT”) or corporate income tax (“CIT”) that is chargeable primarily.
Increasingly more companies have distributed their profits accrued before 2018 without paying corporate income tax (“CIT”) on the dividends under the new CIT regime. When it comes to distributing “new” profits, the shareholders may wonder about ways of cutting the tax charge on dividends. This article explores some of the possibilities, suggestions, and the latest developments.
Effective from 1 January 2018 the Latvian tax system has undergone important changes affecting the taxation of personal income, including dividends. This article examines some of the changes in the tax treatment of dividends from Latvian sources and their impact on Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian taxpayers.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s life. With live entertainment still restricted, companies are holding online events that offer a prize to the winner of a competition. This article explores the tax treatment of prizes using a practical example.
Our customers have been wondering about differences in the corporate income tax (“CIT”) treatment of accounts receivable on the balance sheet at 31 December 2017 and those arising at a later date. This article summarises the CIT treatment of receivables in various situations.
The reporting obligation under DAC6 has been in force since January 2021 and some member states issued guidance on the application of DAC6 provisions as they were preparing to pass the directive in their national law a long time ago. The Latvian State Revenue Service (“SRS”) has now published answers to questions frequently asked by Latvian tax consultants, credit institutions and other intermediaries about evaluating the reporting obligation, as well as other technical matters around DAC6 reporting. This article explores key clarifications and interpretations in the SRS guidance.
From 1 January 2022 companies investing in a closed alternative investment fund will be allowed to exclude from their tax base any income the fund earns when selling shares in a company it owns, according to amendments to the Corporate Income Tax (“CIT”) Act effective from 20 April 2021. This article explores the rules and how this treatment could affect the fund’s investment disposal strategy.
In last week’s edition of Flash News we outlined the VAT treatment of companies offering free meals to their workers during working hours as well as transport between home and work to ensure business continuity especially during the Covid-19 crisis. This article explores the personal and corporate income tax implications of this practice.
To mitigate the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, amendments to the Covid-19 Act were adopted by Parliament on 18 March and came into force on 20 March 2021. This article explores changes in how individuals file their annual income tax return and how taxes are calculated.
A non-resident company that allocates various expenses to its permanent establishment (“PE”) in Latvia might wonder whether the PE can fully deduct all those expenses for corporate income tax (“CIT”) purposes. This article explores the non-resident’s staff cost allocations to the PE.
PwC specialists share their experience on topical tax issues.
PwC offers a brief video on the impact of COVID-19 on Transfer Pricing in Central and Eastern Europe.
The annual survey of Baltic business leaders examines the mood and opinion of entrepreneurs about business challenges and development perspectives. In addition to the questions asked in the global survey, we asked the managers of the Baltic companies to answer some questions about the aspects of the local economy.