Tax Problems

  • 2008-05-22

After 4 months it seems likely that one of my company's bank accounts will be unblocked by the Latvian tax office (VID). Imagine the pile of bills and penalty invoices I will finally be clearing off my desk. Oh the joy of doing something most people in capitalist economies take for granted. When I thought I would gain commercial happiness through intelligent business deals I was reduced to dealing with a mindless entity.

This communication is part of their standard procedure that no doubt has nothing to do with international standards like ISO 9001. I know this as I direct other companies in Latvia where my personal code is contained within the same company registry that should have provided the information they required whilst they waited for me to resubmit originals. But instead the Company Registry procedures, and many like it in Latvia, are based on the premise that the Latvian is not to be trusted. These non trustful procedures in Latvia are not ISO 9001 certified but SOL 1944 documentations of pre existing inefficient processes.

What really work in Latvia are contacts that can correct the issue fast so you don't have 4 months of hassle. Of course you pay these contacts and they are the same people that can corrupt the system and are not to be trusted. So I must conclude that just maybe if Soviet  Occupied Latvia 1944 (SOL 1944) procedures were to be replaced with  ISO 9001 then the people with responsibility might not have a chance  to be so corrupt and treat the public with the same distrust they see  in themselves.

There is hope here because in 2007 one ISO 9001 accreditation company was the first to be registered in Latvia A bit  of a joke there just being one accreditation company but other  countries can be relied upon for accreditation just like the Latvian  pilots that go to sit the easier EU compulsory English exam in Vilnius  to be certified in Latvia then so will ISO 9001 fraudsters.

Maybe we have to go one step further back - Didn't I previously write about the benefits for the people of Latvia having one common optimistic vision for the future?

Dean Strautins, Director
Australian Chamber
of Commerce in Latvia


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