Tax service lifts restrictions on classifieds website

Latvia's State Revenue Service has allowed the company behind the popular ss.lv classifieds website to continue operations. 

Thus the domain name, ss.lv, is once again operational.

On August 24 the tax service said that the company has partially complied with the service's data request and consented, in written form, to cooperate with the service in the future.

The authorities in early August froze SIA Internets, the company behind ss.lv, as the company did not provide data over people suspected in evading taxes when selling used cars on the website. 

Soon after, the ss.lv website was redirected to ss.com, a hastily rebranded version of the website. 

ss.lv is the largest classifieds website in Latvia that has dominated the niche for years. From selling cars and houses to used furniture, holiday rentals and obscure items of junk, it is one of the most popular websites in the country.

According to the Alexa web data company it ranks number four, between a porn site and Google's international search page. In terms of daily time spent on the site it actually ranks number one in the top ten websites.

Whereas people only spend an average of 7 minutes 54 seconds on Google search and a telling 4 minutes 34 seconds at the porn site per day, they spend more than 15 minutes at ss.lv, the data says.

The SIA Internets company behind ss.lv, founded in 1998, is owned by three individuals. Last year it posted a turnover of €1,259,877 and a hefty profit of €227,917.

Just last week Latvia's consumer rights watchdog fined the two companies behind ss.lv for €15,000 citing unfair business practices.

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