In-depth cooperation programme

 Published: 18.01.2019. 14.25


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In-depth Cooperation Programme

 

The In-depth Cooperation Programme (hereinafter – the Programme) has proven itself an important instrument for cooperation between taxpayers and public authorities. Taxpayers who have an excellent reputation and tax compliance discipline can benefit from various advantages granted by state institutions.

Since the beginning of 2019, operation of the Programme has significantly improved:

  • administration process is automated
  • scope of possible participants is extended
  • advantages for participants are amended

Programme participants are divided into 3 levels – Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Each level offers its own advantages for participants. Gold participants fulfil the highest criteria and, therefore, receive the most favourable advantages.

Advantages

Gold

Silver

Bronze

General

The participant receives Programme level status and corresponding certificate, which symbolises the taxpayer’s honesty in fulfilment of tax obligations

Yes

Yes

Yes

The participant can participate in the receipt lottery by offering a prize (non-excise goods)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Reduced frequency of submissions by service providers of changes in the cash-register system.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Response to written inquiries/applications

10 business days

10 business days

N/A

 

Response to phone inquiries or through EDS (estimated time needed for reply will be notified within one business day)

5 business days

7 business days

Issue or re-registration of commercial activity licence for excise goods (after submission of all documents and payment of state fee)

10 business days

10 business days

SRS training for taxpayers (self-initiative), taking into account resources available to SRS and complexity of the question

Yes

N/A

Invitation to participate in SRS’s Consultative Council meetings

Yes

Individual consultant – contact who is responsible for answering questions and solving problems relating to the SRS

Yes

Financial

Quicker VAT refunds

7 business days

10 business days

N/A

Advantages in application of collateral for excise duty

Yes

Yes

No initiation of uncontested recovery while the participant still has the right to avert noncompliance

Yes

Yes

Quicker PIT refunds

1 month

N/A

 

To qualify for the Programme, the taxpayer must meet basic Programme criteria, and the level of participation is determined by specific criteria.

Basic criteria:

  • economic activity – more than 3 years
  • current tax debts do not exceed EUR 150
  • not currently guilty of criminal wrongdoing
  • not currently involved in insolvency, legal protection, or out-of-court legal protection proceedings
  • a single administrative penalty for tax obligations, labour legal relations, customs, or usage of cash registers does not exceed EUR 151 and penalties from the preceding year and currently do not exceed EUR 500
  • economic activity has not been suspended and liquidation proceedings are not currently underway
  • company officials have no restrictions on the right to hold certain posts;
  • no breach of rules using or servicing cash registers
  • additional taxes calculated during tax audits do not exceed 3% of the total tax amount paid during the last year
  • SRS has not initiated deregistration from the VAT system
  • tax audit is not currently underway
  • no record that the taxpayer has not been reachable at the legal address
  • no recorded unethical behaviour in the field of tax obligations
  • company officials and employees are not on the list of risky persons
  • profit recorded in at least one out of the last three years

 

Criteria used to determine Programme levels:

 

 

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Number of delayed tax declarations

≤ 10

≤ 1

0

Tax revenues administered by SRS – amount of taxes paid minus tax refund

≥ 10 000 EUR

≥ 500 000 EUR

≥ 700 000 EUR

Net turnover

 

-

≥ 4 000 000 EUR

≥ 4 000 000 EUR

The average income of employees

Not less than 80% of national average

Not less than national average

Not less than national average

Tax risk management

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Implemented

 


This is a general description, provided for an informative purpose, and does not have any legal force. In case of application you shall act in accordance with the regulatory enactment. In case of any questions, please, contact with the State Revenue Service of Latvia.