President voices support for Taxpayers' Charter idea

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On July 14 President of Latvia Egils Levits hosted public officials and experts of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and State Revenue Service (SRS) at the Riga Castle. Meeting focused on protection of taxpayers’ rights and a special charter providing such protection.

Atis Zakatistovs, Ieva Jaunzeme, Valda Rotberga and Kaspars Čerņeckis presented the proposal of a joint MoF and SRS working group to broaden taxpayers’ rights protection framework and create a special law, a charter.

According to this Charter, new bureaucracy would need to be set up in the form of a centre or a council that would issue regular recommendations to SRS on which laws and SRS processes need to change to make the institutional and legal framework more robust.

Commenting on the idea, Levits said that he "welcomes the idea about a Taxpayers’ Charter and further work must focus on precise protection mechanisms. There is a need to continue discussion about the Taxpayers’ Rights Protection Council’s purpose. It can be responsible for either recommending changes in legal framework or processes to make enforcement more efficient." 

According to Egils Levits, any such Charter must be based on Section 105 of Satversme (Constitution) and regulate the rights and obligations of taxpayers, as well as best administrative practices.

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