Introduction to setting up a Company in Latvia
Latvia is well situated for trade in Europe, Russia and the Balkans, making it beneficial for foreign investors looking to set up a subsidiary. The country is multi-lingual and proficient in conducting business between Eastern and Western companies. The establishment of companies in Latvia is moderated by Commercial Law, and with an increase in foreign investment regulations have been considerably expedited.
What are the main requirements for a Latvian Company?
– The minimum share capital required is LVL 2,000
– The Memorandum & Articles of Association of the subsidiary
– The resolution of the parent company detailing its decision to form the subsidiary
– Evidence of the parent company’s legal status in its domicile country
– A board of the subsidiary, to have at least one member
– A registered office
The documents shown above must be filed with the Latvian Commercial Register in order to register the subsidiary.
All required documents must be officially notarised and translated into Latvian by a sworn translator.
What are the accounting requirements of a Latvian Company?
Entry into the Commercial Register automatically registers the subsidiary with the State Revenue Service, for taxation purposes. The Latvian Law on Taxes and Fees regulates the accounting and taxation requirements.
Monthly tax and VAT returns should be submitted, with a financial account provided annually.
A Latvian bank account should be set up to deposit the required share capital.
The subsidiary’s annual accounts require an audit if two of these three points are true; the Balance Sheet total exceeds LVL 250 000, the annual turnover exceeds LVL 500 000, there are more than 25 employees.
Please contact us in order to discuss your accounting requirements.
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A summary of Latvian Corporate Taxes is available here.