Every company must have an accounting policy in place that specifies its accounting principles, as well as laying down rules for how its financial statements should be prepared and how its internal documents should move around. The accounting policy must fit the nature of the company’s business.
As the vacation season is approaching, so is the implementation of the controversial minimum income subject to mandatory national social insurance (“NSI”) contributions, which might affect many companies from 1 July 2021. On 24 May, however, the Parliamentary Presidium presented proposals for amending the NSI Act to a committee, urging a deferral of the effective date of the earlier amendments. This article describes the basic principles for applying the minimum NSI income and offers practical examples in case the bill is not approved and the new rules come into force from 1 July.
The summer is rolling on and has all companies thinking about vacations and staff replacements. Accounting is one of the departments expected to promptly handle various enquiries and confirmations to ensure business continuity. Everyone who works in the accounting field is aware of situations where an accountant cannot take a vacation during the monthly closing, when filing reports, and during the payroll calculation. When is the accountant supposed to go on vacation? This article explores possible solutions.
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.
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.
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.
As you may know, Latvian taxable persons can recover VAT paid on purchases in another member state under Council Directive 2008/9/EC, i.e. local VAT is refunded to taxable persons that are not established in the member state but are established in another. As Britain left the EU on 31 January 2020 with a period of transition to 31 December 2020, the single EU VAT refund procedure is no longer available to recover UK VAT after 1 January 2021. The single procedure can still be used to recover any UK VAT paid in 2020, but the filing deadline is almost upon us: 31 March 2021.
When it comes to approving an action plan for a debtor’s legal protection proceedings, it is important to know which of its creditors can vote and to properly interpret the rules that place voting restrictions on certain persons. The insights outlined in this article can help companies in financial distress, creditor representatives and supervisors of legal protection proceedings find out whether only voting creditors have approved an action plan or whether the vote includes any person ineligible to vote.
The United Kingdom (“UK”) left the EU at midnight on 31 January 2020. The Brexit agreement provided that EU nationals staying in the UK until the end of the transition period would keep the social rights that go with EU citizen status, i.e. the opportunity to apply for various benefits, pensions and other social entitlements in the UK, similar to living in other member states. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement signed on 30 December 2020 is applied provisionally from 1 January 2021 pending ratification at EU level. The Agreement includes a separate protocol on social security coordination. This article explores some key changes in social security to be considered by employers after Brexit and in the light of the new agreement.
Information published by the Latvian State Revenue Service (“SRS”) on sanctions they have imposed on persons that are subject to the Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism and Proliferation Financing (“AML/CTPF”) Act for breaching this Act and the International and National Sanctions Act, with data for 2020 and 2021, shows a large number of breaches and a lack of awareness of what the two Acts require and whether a company fits the definition of “subject” within the meaning of the AML/CTPF Act.
When employees are sent on business trips abroad, various online platforms are increasingly used for booking the necessary accommodation and transport services. A variety of other goods and services are also being ordered online from foreign vendors. Any documents received often fail to make it clear whether VAT has been charged on the supply and who is the other party (the platform or its customer). This article explores a few models commonly found across the EU from the buyer’s point of view.
Last year the State Revenue Service (“SRS”) for the first time analysed data supplied by the Latvian banks to find income unreported by Latvian residents. Many taxpayers had a letter from the SRS asking them to explain why their bank income details do not match their tax filings. This article explores how the SRS runs taxpayer checks and what response is advisable.
Alternative legal solutions are an efficient tool that helps companies balance unpredictable workflows and staff turnover and enables their legal department to work well, while cutting total costs and keeping their staff happy with their workload, pay, and growth opportunities. These solutions are no longer a proof of concept or a brand new business model. They have been tried and tested, work successfully worldwide, including Latvia, and are used by companies of different sizes.
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.