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Close to 80,000 new self-employed workers in Cuba

Close to 80,000 new self-employed workers in CubaHAVANA, Cuba, Apr 23 (ACN) Some 79,925 new registrations have been reported in Cuba since the entry into force of the changes to self-employment on December 7, according to Mary Blanca Ortega, head of the National Office of Tax Administration (ONAT).

At the Havana Convention Center, as part of the commissions of the XXI Congress of the Cuban Workers Federation, she explained that to date more than 34 thousand business bank accounts have been opened, a figure linked to the number of taxpayers who had operating accounts and changed them.

Leasing activities in all their modalities are those with the greatest number of accounts, which speaks in favor of the discipline of workers in the non-state sector and the assimilation of the modifications, he said.

The process of reorganization of self-employment also includes re-registration in the taxpayer registry, while more than 299,000 have already gone to the offices for this activity.

She explained that at the end of last year were detected weaknesses in the offices and in that sense was approved a program of 33 measures to reverse defaults with tax payments and sub-declarations.
She insisted on the need to raise the preparation of ONAT employees to respond to the concerns of representatives of the non-state sector, and in tune with the new measures.

She also explained that work is being done to computerize the processes aimed at taxpayers in the offices.

In Cuba, there are 584,477 workers who opt for any of the activities of the non-state sector, 31 percent of whom are young people.

Modifications to self-employment included, among other points, the delivery of 26 frozen modalities and the possibility for natural persons to exercise more than one activity.

This is the first time that a commission dedicated to non-state work has been included in a workers' Congress, in keeping with the organization's challenges in the face of the transformation of the country's labor scenario and in a context in which the economic battle is at the heart of the Island.

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