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SRS: tax fraudsters involve youngsters in their schemes

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMore and more often tax fraudsters involve foreigners and youngsters in Latvia in their tax avoidance schemes, as concluded by the State Revenue Service.

SRS urges residents to be serious and careful about any offers involving the use of their personal identification documents in exchange for money. This includes helping to found a new company by registering oneself as an owner or official of said company or by simply signing different documents. Offers of that kind should be reported to SRS or other law enforcement institutions. Unintentional involvement in different frauds can cause serious legal problems for people in the long term, warns SRS Public Relations Department.

SRS notes that in most cases, fraudsters try to involve youngsters aged 18 or older who are interested in earning some money to finance their studies, housing or other needs. Fraudsters never reveal their true intentions to the people they use. They mislead others and exploit their lack of knowledge and experience in legal or financial areas. They skilfully use the desire of young people to earn a lot of money very quickly and without much effort, notes SRS.

Experience shows that most often youngsters are entrusted duties like becoming a chairperson or manager (most often they are the only official in the company) in a fictive company or founding a company using their name. This company is later used for declaring fake transactions. Youngsters are often told that they will not have to anything, only sign a few documents. Youngsters are usually not given the chance to read through those documents or have their contents explained to them.

In such cases, SRS has the right to begin enforcing tax debts from members of the board, as well as provide said people with risk status. This status is provided to a person who agrees to take up a management position without intentions to carry out commercial activities of any kind.

With that, the bulk of responsibility is put on the shoulders of the unfortunate official.

SRS urges youngsters and other residents to be careful about suspicious and questionable offers to make easy money. Residents who come across such offers are urged to report them to SRS by contacting the service’s trust hotline (80009070) or writing to parkapumi@vid.gov.lv. Residents can also come to SRS Customer Service Centre.

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