Cir­cu­lar adds to bur­den on self-em­ployed

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ROULA SALOUROU

A cir­cu­lar is­sued yes­ter­day by the La­bor and So­cial Se­cu­rity Min­istry, in­tended to clar­ify the so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions of self-em­ployed pro­fes­sion­als, in­tro­duces changes that will likely re­sult in in­come re­duc­tion and even loss of work for some 250,000 peo­ple paid through in­voices for ser­vices ren­dered (known in Greek as “blokaki”) by up to two em­ploy­ers.

The min­istry de­mands through the cir­cu­lar that em­ploy­ers cover their part of the con­tri­bu­tion while ask­ing the em­ploy­ees to re­port their em­ploy­ers if they fail to ful­fill their obli­ga­tions.

Re­gard­ing the 20 per­cent of rev­enues to be de­ducted for so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions, the law that the cir­cu­lar clar­i­fies says that 13.33 per­cent is to be paid by the em­ployer and by 6.67 by the em­ployee. Although sev­eral is­sues re­main un­clear, it ap­pears that many self-em­ployed in­sured af­ter 1992 will be hit es­pe­cially hard, as they are re­quired to pay dou­ble con­tri­bu­tions, both as salary work­ers and as self­em­ployed pro­fes­sion­als.

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