Assessment of the Administrative District Court on the purpose and application of the term “risk person”
The purpose and application of the term “risk person”
Assessment of the Administrative District Court on the purpose and application of the term “risk person”.
The judgement that the Administrative District Court passed on 5 October 2022 in Case No. A420167421 has entered into force, in which the District Court considered the purpose and application of the term “risk person”.
The Court has recognised that when assessing whether a person is subject to a restriction on conducting business, it is not enough to refer only to the fact of unpaid taxes of the company managed by the person. It is critical to prove that the person’s intention was to defraud state funds, laundering money or similar.
Accordingly, the Court found that the State Revenue Service (SRS) may include a person on the list of risk persons only if it has identified both the fact of unpaid taxes and that it has been committed in bad faith.
In the case on hand, the verdict was that the person should not be included in the list of risk persons. In consideration by the Court, the claim made by the SRS that the particular company had not paid overdue tax according to the schedule prepared by the SRS and that it failed to make current tax payments, is not open to question. However, it does not transpire from the characteristics of the company in general that the company had been created not to conduct business but to defraud state funds, launder money or commit other fraudulent activities.
Taking into account abovementioned, it has been identified that for a person to be included in the list of risk persons it is not enough to refer formally to the fact of unpaid taxes. It is critical to establish the reason for non-payment of taxes.
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Irēna Lejiņa, Director in Tax, KPMG in Latvia
Nataļja Golubeva, Senior Associate, KPMG in Latvia
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