Self employment

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EmmaTL
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Self employment

Postby EmmaTL » Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:36 am

Hi all,

We're looking to relocate to Crete in the summer. Both my husband and I are self employed already. He has a cleaning business in the UK which he will continue to run remotely and I work as a freelance administrator/website person online. Apart from for tax purposes does anyone know if we need to register the businesses and get permission? If so, who with? I've tried to googling and can find only very vague information.

TIA

Kilkis
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Re: Self employment

Postby Kilkis » Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:01 pm

You need to talk to a really good accountant who fully understands ex-pat taxation. As long as you don't actually earn any income in Greece, I suspect the advice will be to remain tax resident in the UK and simply submit a null return here every year.

Warwick

kastri1961
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Re: Self employment

Postby kastri1961 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:51 pm

Hi
Similar scenario for me. All my work is online involving social media management and website development. Plus I facilitate networking meetings and business fairs in the UK. All my clients are UK based which means I may have to fly back once or twice a month at the most. So if anyone has experience of operating as a sole trader for a UK based business but is living in Crete I would also like to hear more! My preference would be to pay taxes and VAT as a UK business and as you say just zero any Greek tax returns.
Thank you.

filippos
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Re: Self employment

Postby filippos » Sun Aug 07, 2016 11:04 pm

Same answer that Warwick gave above. Get a really good accountant who understands UK as well as Greek tax. If you're anywhere near Xania Warwick and I would recommend the same accountant.

SatCure
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Re: Self employment

Postby SatCure » Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:47 pm

I have a UK mail order business and control it from here. I pay tax in the UK. My Greek accountant submits a null Return for me each year at a cost of 150 Euros. If you are in Haniá province, I highly recommend using George Atsalakis "Tax Oasis" in Haniá as he specialises in expat accounts and sits on the Athens committee that decides on the regulations.

Kilkis
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Re: Self employment

Postby Kilkis » Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:00 pm

SatCure wrote:...and sits on the Athens committee that decides on the regulations.


I could be wrong but I think it would be more accurate to describe it as "consults" on the regulations rather than "decides". I think that the Greek tax authority hold discussions with a group of accountants before implementing new regulations. The accountants express their opinion and point out what they think are anomalies or possible problems. The tax authority then takes account of or totally ignores the opinions. I think the latter is more common. It does mean he is well clued up, which, from his customers' point of view, is the key thing.

Warwick

SatCure
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Re: Self employment

Postby SatCure » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:46 pm

You are correct, Warwick. "Consults" is a better description although I understand that he managed to "consult" a loophole for expats into the current law so that I am still classed as a UK tax resident, even though I might live here for more than 6 months at a stretch.

Kilkis
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Re: Self employment

Postby Kilkis » Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:40 pm

I understood that the "loophole", i.e. that the 183 rule does not apply if you are here for health, touristic or other reasons, was put into the tax code because otherwise the tax code would have been contrary to the civil code? I may be wrong? It is possible that George was the person who drew that to the tax authority's notice. If it was, then I would tend to view that as doing what somebody who is consulted on a new tax code should do, i.e. pointing out anomalies.

Warwick


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