The vast majority of self-employed persons appear to be reluctant to pay their debts to the Joint Social Security Unit (EFKA) set up during the pandemic.
It is said that of the approximately 700,000 self-employed, only 25,000 have applied for the liquidation plan of up to 72 installments since it was introduced in early December last year.
Sources at EFKA have told Kathimerini that this reluctance may be primarily due to the expectation that the government will at some point later decide on new, more generous debt restructuring plans, which will also include a “cut” on the so-called “corona debt.”
As a result, debt to EFKA increased at the end of 2021 to € 41.02 billion, an increase of € 2.32 billion compared to € 38.7 billion in September 2021.
The situation worsened mainly due to the self-employed debt of 1.7 billion euros in the period from January 2020 to September 2021, while 486.8 million euros were added in the form of additional fees and surcharges.
The total debt of employers is estimated at close to 1.5 billion euros, which is added to the 1.7 billion euros which, according to the latest report from the Center for Recovery of Social Security Debt (KEAO), the debt of the self-employed during the first lockdown imposed due of the coronavirus pandemic.
The deadline for the debt restructuring scheme expires at the end of the month and EFKA has specified that companies can apply for admission to the program no later than 28 February.
The end of February is not only the deadline for submitting applications, but also the date when the first installment must be paid.
The current payment system is independent of any other debt that someone may have, or other payment plans. Therefore, a separate payment code has been created.