Tax violations uncovered at company of Welfare Minister's spouse – claim

Latvia's tax authority, the State Revenue Service, has discovered tax violations at Monēta, a retail company owned by the husband of Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča (KPV LV).

That's what the TV3 commercial television reported April 22. The tax service however says it's illegal for it to confirm or deny the allegations.

Petraviča said she doesn't know about the findings and cannot press the company to make the findings public. "I don't work at the company and I cannot influence its decision to allow or forbid [publishing the findings of the probe]," Petraviča told TV3.

Meanwhile PM Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said he thinks Petraviča should reveal the findings in order to dispel doubt on whether there have been any illegal goings-on at the company of which she is a former employee.

According to TV3, the Monēta company has until mid-May to fix the violations.

As reported earlier, a former employee at Monēta went public with accusations that he had received part of his pay in cash – a widespread tax evasion practice in Latvia – while he was working at the company in 2013. 

Petraviča has denied the allegations repeatedly.

There are five Monēta stores, situated in Saldus municipality. 

Ramona Petraviča became Welfare Minister in late January as part of Krišjānis Kariņš' cabinet. 

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