Toledo Tax Lawyer and Attorney | Ohio Tax Lawyers

A Toledo Tax Lawyer who specializes in international tax law does not necessarily have to be a tax lawyer who actually resides in Toledo. An international tax lawyer who offers US international tax law services to residents of Toledo, Ohio, may also be considered a Toledo Tax Lawyer. Let’s analyze a bit deeper why this is the case.

Toledo Tax Lawyer Definition: Offering International Tax Services to Residents of Toledo

Of course, the definition of a Toledo Tax Lawyer includes all tax lawyers who are physically located in Toledo, Florida, and offer their tax services there.

With respect to US international tax law, however, the definition of a Toledo Tax Lawyer expands to encompass all international tax lawyers who offer services to residents of Toledo, Ohio.

The reason for such an expansion in the definition of Toledo Tax Lawyer lies in the nature of US international tax law. Unlike many other areas of law which are predominantly local in nature (such as local contracts, torts, criminal law, et cetera), US international tax law is federal law which is applied equally to the residents of all states of the United States. In other words, there is nothing local about it; the city of Toledo cannot in any way modify US international tax law.

Hence, an international tax lawyer residing in Minneapolis, such as attorney Eugene Sherayzen of Sherayzen Law Office, Ltd., has the same right to offer international tax law services to residents of Toledo as a lawyer who lives in Toledo.

Toledo Tax Lawyer Definition: Local Tax Law

It is important to distinguish, however, a tax lawyer who offers US international tax services from a tax lawyer who offers his services with respect to local tax law. In the first case, as I had mentioned before, the lawyer may call himself a Toledo Tax Lawyer as long as he offers international tax services to residents of Toledo (even though he is not residing in Toledo or anywhere else in the State of Ohio).

In the second case, however, an out-of-state lawyer cannot be classified as a Toledo Tax Lawyer, because he is working on local Toledo or Ohio state tax issues. In fact, in this case, it would best for local taxpayers to retain a local Toledo Tax Lawyer who resides in Toledo, Ohio.

Sherayzen Law Office is Your Preferred Choice for Toledo Tax Lawyer With Respect To US International Tax Issues

Sherayzen Law Office is a highly experienced international tax law firm which specializes in the area of foreign account tax compliance. We have been helping our clients worldwide with their international tax issues, including FBAR, FATCA and Offshore Voluntary Disclosure issues since the end of 2005. We can help You!

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Latvian Micro-Enterprise Tax Law Update | International Tax Lawyer Cleveland

On December 20, 2016, the Saeima (Latvian Parliament) approved new amendments to Latvian Micro-Enterprise tax law. While the modifications to the law represented a compromise solution, the overall tax rate went up.

History of Latvian Micro-Enterprise Tax Law

The Latvian Micro-Enterprise Tax Law first entered into force on September 1, 2010. It primary purpose was to establish a lower tax rate for very small businesses, which were defined as businesses with turnover not exceeded 100,000 euros per calendar year. If a business qualified as a small business, under the Latvian Micro-Enterprise Tax Law, it would pay only a 9% tax rate. This rate was included in everything – corporate income tax, social tax and personal income tax.

Changes to Latvian Micro-Enterprise Tax Law

The December 20 changes came after an intense dispute over the best approach to the small business tax. In fact, on November 23, 2016, the Saeima first approved amendments to the law that would lower the income tax to a mere 5%, but the small business owners would have been forced to withhold social insurance contributions from each employee.

In the end, the November 23 amendments were discarded. The December 20 version of the law simply increased the micro-enterprise tax rate to 15% and eliminated the November 23 social insurance contribution withholding requirement due to the fact that it would have been excessively burdensome for small businesses.

It is important to point out, however, that the new changes to the Latvian Micro-Enterprise Tax Law carved-out a limited one-year exception for businesses with a turnover of only 7,000 euros per year; these businesses will only pay a 12% tax rate. This reduced tax rate will only be in effect through December 31, 2017

Furthermore, the Saeima also repealed the November 23 amendment that would have terminated the Latvian Micro-Enterprise Tax Law on December 31, 2018. Instead, the Saeima asked the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers to submit the draft new tax law for small businesses.

Latvia Remains One of the Lowest Tax Jurisdictions in the European Union

Even with the recent changes to Latvian Micro-Enterprise Tax Law, Latvia remains a jurisdiction with one of the lowest tax burdens in the European Union. This fact is often not appreciated by the West European tax professionals, often due to their cultural prejudice against doing business in Eastern Europe. This omission in Latvia may be a serious mistake on their part, depending on the client’s situation.

Sherayzen Law Office follows the development of tax laws in Latvia and believes that there are situations where these laws can offer significant advantages to the firm’s clients for tax planning purposes.