SRS: vi­o­la­tions un­cov­ered at restau­rants mostly as­so­ci­ated with il­le­gal em­ploy­ment

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Most of the vi­o­la­tions un­cov­ered by Lat­vian State Rev­enue Ser­vice dur­ing in­spec­tions at restau­rants in Riga and Jur­mala are as­so­ci­ated with il­le­gal em­ploy­ment and non-dec­la­ra­tion of rev­enue, said SRS Di­rec­tor Ilze Cir­ule in an in­ter­view to Rīta Panorāma this morn­ing 23 Au­gust.

«Our in­spec­tors sur­veyed ap­prox­i­mately 15 restau­rants. The main prob­lems we have iden­ti­fied in­clude il­le­gal em­ploy­ment and non­dec­la­ra­tion of rev­enue,» said Cir­ule, adding that in­spec­tions at ca­ter­ing busi­ness will con­tinue.

At the same time, she adds that fines were ap­plied only in rare cases – when com­pa­nies il­le­gally em­ploy peo­ple. For other vi­o­la­tions, no fines were ap­plied.

Cir­ule adds that com­pa­nies that were sur­veyed by SRS have all ex­pe­ri­enced a rapid rise of registered trans­ac­tions.

«The com­pa­nies we have sur­veyed have all ex­pe­ri­enced 50% to 100% in­crease in the num­ber of registered trans­ac­tions when com­pared with the pre­vi­ous month,» said Cir­ule.

At the be­gin­ning of July, SRS and Lat­vian As­so­ci­a­tion of Ho­tels and Restau­rants signed an agree­ment on co­op­er­a­tion and in­for­ma­tion exchange to re­duce the num­ber of tax avoid­ance cases, en­cour­age pay­ment of ap­pro­pri­ate wages and hon­est pay­ment of taxes, as well as en­sure trans­par­ent and com­plete re­ports on earn­ings to fur­ther re­duce the pro­por­tion of dis­hon­est com­pe­ti­tion in the in­dus­try.

Ieva Čīka/LETA

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