Latvia - Other taxes and levies

Latvia - Other taxes and levies

Taxation of international executives

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Social security tax

Are there social security/social insurance taxes in Latvia? If so, what are the rates for employers and employees?

Employer and employee

Type of insurance Paid by employer Paid by employee Total
Social security 23.59% 10.50% 34.09%
Total Percent 23.59% 10.59% 34.09%

The rate in the table above is standard Social security contributions’ rate. There are differentiated rates, unlikely to apply to expatriates, for working individuals at pension age, self-employed individuals and some other groups of socially insured individuals.

Gift, wealth, estate, and/or inheritance tax

Gifts received from individuals are non-taxable if the gift value in the taxation year does not exceed EUR 1423. If it does, then 23% personal income tax is payable on the excess amount.

Gifts received from entities are taxable and subject to 23% personal income tax.

There is no wealth or inheritance tax in Latvia.

Real estate tax

Are there real estate taxes in Latvia?

There are differentiated rates of real estate tax in Latvia:

  • 1.5 percent from the cadastral value of the property - for property and land used in business activity and also for engineering technical building – 1.5 percent
  • 3 percent from the cadastral value – for land not used in agriculture
  • Up to 3% for buildings degrading environment and threatening human safety

  • 0.2 – 06 percent from the cadastral value – for houses and apartments for inhabitants not used in business activity.

The minimal tax payment for each tax payer in the particular municipality is EUR 7. 

Sales/VAT tax

Are there sales and/or value-added taxes in Latvia?

The standard VAT rate is 21 percent. There is also a reduced rate of 12 percent. There are several transactions which are subject to VAT rate at 0 percent or are VAT exempt.

Unemployment tax

Are there unemployment taxes in Latvia?

There are no separate unemployment taxes in Latvia since such payments form a part of social security contributions.

Other taxes

Are there additional taxes in Latvia that may be relevant to the general assignee? For example, customs tax, excise tax, stamp tax, etc.

There is a real estate transfer duty in Latvia. The rate is 2% of the highest of the purchase or cadastral value of the property or valuation for mortgage purposes. The maximum tax payable is EUR 42 686.15. The rate for close relatives is 0.5% from the real estate value.

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