Mr Jānis Taukačs > Sorainen > Riga, Latvia > Lawyer Profile

Sorainen
KR. VALDEMARA 21
LV-1010 Riga
Latvia

Work Department

Tax

Position

Partner, head of the firm’s Tax practice

Career

As head of the firm’s Tax practice, Jānis Taukačs’ client portfolio includes over 1,000 businesses. Practising tax and customs law since 1995, his passion for this work comes from doing what Jānis truly enjoys, especially when together with colleagues and clients they are testing ground nobody has stepped on before.

Our clients build our society. Serving businesses, Jānis tries to provide an honest view of whether an issue is worth fighting for and worth fighting for with his team. If the answer to both questions is “yes”, Jānis will do so with care and enthusiasm. It is important that, as a tax team, he shares the same values and passion. Jānis knows that the team has succeeded when it can create actual monetary benefits for its clients, yet Jānis with the team never does this at the expense of society.

Taking on difficult cases. Jānis cares about handling clients’ cases, including resolving difficult issues and wandering into areas where no one has gone before. He also considers it extremely important to improve the overall tax environment as well as he can – for example, standing by laws preventing VAT fraud, or for better tax laws regulating charities and NGOs.

Prolific commentator and lecturer. Jānis has published over 400 articles, blogs and other publications, mostly on taxation and customs law, in the Latvian and international business media, including appearances on TV. Jānis has also lectured about tax at both local and international conferences and seminars, as well as universities.

Big4 experience. Before joining Sorainen over a decade ago, Jānis learned a lot with a Big4 professional services firm, like most of the firm’s tax team colleagues. Their approach to client matters is to resolve them mostly through senior experts.

Languages

Latvian, English, Russian

Memberships

  • Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), National Strategy Council that decides on solving and lobbying issues important for the LCCI members in relations with the government, Deputy Chairperson
  • Latvian Bar Association, Deputy Chairman of Tax and Finance Commission
  • International Bar Association, Tax Law Section
  • International Fiscal Association
  • AIJA (Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats), Tax Law Commission
  • VAT Forum
  • International VAT Group “VAT Europe”
  • WTS Alliance
  • Transfer Pricing Associates
  • International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD)

Education

  • Specialised professional courses by KPMG and the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, the International Fiscal Association, ERA, VAT Forum, Riga Graduate School of Law and many others
  • University of Latvia, Latvia (LLB, LLM)

Lawyer Rankings

Latvia > Tax

(Hall of Fame)

Jānis TaukačsSorainen

Sorainen covers the spectrum of tax advisory services and is notably strong in assisting with transfer pricing and tax due diligence. Jānis Taukačs leads the team and formerly worked for one of the Big Four tax consultancies. The team also draws upon counsel Aija Lasmane, who focuses on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, as well as senior associates Dace Everte (who specialises in indirect tax) and Alisa Leškoviča (who is highly experienced in customs and taxation issues). Nauris Grigals was a new arrival in early 2022 adding further strength on the corporate side of tax matters.