There is no end to the madness in this open air asylum. We always knew it was bad, but the revenue in Lamia are really having a Monty Python moment here..
Self-employed people have to pay what is known as the "trade fee", an arbitrary sum of €500 which then allows them to be self employed and thus pay taxes on their income!?!?
The revenue in Lamia sent out a demand for the trade fee to a self employed person, threatening all kinds of horrible things if he didn't pay up. He didn't pay up, so the revenue went after him. Only to find that the person in question died in 1998! Meaning, nobody really bothered to go after him for the last 14 years. But as he is dead, that is the end of the story, no? Not so. Under TROIKA imposed rules a self employed person is required to personally notify the revenue in writing when they cease to trade as self employed. If that notification is not given, they remain liable for all taxes until the day the notification is given. It doesn't matter if the reason for not trading anymore is death or anything else, they must be notified.
As this deceased person omitted to write them a letter telling them he died, his family is now liable for the outstanding taxes and will be pursued for back tax as far as 1998.For starters, they are looking for the "Trade Fee" for the last 14 years. This must be paid first, to allow them to assess this deceased person on deemed income for the last 14 years. If he can't rise up from the dead and provide receipts, his family will be taxed on the full whack of deemed income for the 14 years their relative has been dead. If he somehow can rise up and provide the receipts, they will be liable for a bit less. They may also get charged with tax evasion.