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May 26, 2010

Adventures at the Tax Service Office in Greece.

Recently I had to stop my personal bussiness/1-man company. So, I went to the Tax Office, thinking: "Well it can't be that hard to stop it, can it?".

It turns out to be a little bit of an adventure. The process I had to follow was more or less (please bear in mind that many days have passed since then and writing this blog post now) what follows:
  1. Going to the 5th floor and get assigned a Check Officer from the Head Check Officer
  2. Going to another office at the 5th floor to meet the Check Officer (he signed on a document)
  3. Going to the 4th floor, VAT Office (they pressed a button on the computer, and signed that I was OK)
  4. Going to the 4th floor, Book-Keeping Office (they pressed a button on the computer, and signed that I was OK)
  5. Going to the 3rd floor, Registry Office (they pressed a button on the computer, and signed that I was OK, are you starting to see a pattern here?) 
  6. Going back  to the 5th floor, at the Check Officer, who after checked that everyone had signed I was OK, signed once more
  7. Going back to the 5th floor, Head Check Officer,  who after checked that everyone had signed I was OK, signed too
  8. Going to the 5th floor, vice-director office, who after checked that everyone had signed I was OK, signed too (yet another pattern).
  9. Going to the 4th floor, Book-Keeping Office again, who after cheked that everyone else had signed, invalidated my receipt-book.
I have only one very stupid question to make: WHY SO MUCH BUREAUCRACY?? I went to three offices (in different floors) whose job was to check on the computer wether I was OK or not. Couldn't that have been done, with ONE button press, from ONE public clerk? I guess, someone could say "but hey, what if something was NOT ok??". To which i reply "ONLY THEN should I have been sent to the appropriate office for further checks and guidelines".

My silly guess is that when you hire lots and lots of people at the public sector, you just HAVE to give them something to do, to excuse yourself for doing it. And then, the country is going bankrupt before you notice it. But this is just silly me....