Self-em­ployed pro­fes­sion­als rush to close their books

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Thou­sands of self-em­ployed pro­fes­sion­als are rush­ing to tax of­fices to close their books or trans­form their com­pa­nies in or­der to avoid the ad­di­tional bur­den im­posed on them by the new so­cial se­cu­rity sys­tem.

Ma­jor ac­count­ing of­fices are re­port­ing an in­crease in their work­load mainly due to such cases. They are mostly im­pressed by the fact that thou­sands of those pro­fes­sion­als had kept their books open, and been pay­ing the an­nual 650-euro fee to prac­tice a pro­fes­sion – which the Greek state will now miss out on – de­spite not be­ing their own boss for years.

Asked why they had cho­sen to keep their books open de­spite be­ing in­ac­tive for years, many said they had done so in hope that they would find enough work to sup­port them­selves.

Ac­coun­tants now es­ti­mate that queues at tax of­fices will be very long next week, and an ex­ten­sion is likely to the Jan­uary 30 dead­line for book clos­ing.

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