Tax officials have ordered a primary school cooperative that grows vegetables to shut down after the schoolchildren were unable to pay a tax of 800 euros for last year’s revenues of just 200 euros. The tax office in Nea Moudania, Halkidiki in Northern Greece, classified the school project as a regular business cooperative, even though the revenues do not come from the vegetables sales but from membership subscription of supporters of the school project.
45 children of the elementary school in Olynthos started the cooperative “Perivoli” in 2017. In they courtyard of the school, they set up two greenhouses and started to grow their own tomatoes, onions, radishes, beets, parsley and carrots.
When the children tried to open a bank account, they were informed that they needed a tax number.
The tax officer issued a tax number for a regular cooperative as there is no special cooperative regime for schools.
Classified as a regular businesses, they were asked to pay a tax of €800 for the revenues of just €200. The tax included the so-called “trade fee” of 650 euros.
As the children were unable to pay the tax, the cooperative stopped working a few days ago.