If you read my previous post you might remember that I was debating if I should stay or go. It was very hard to finally decide, but the combination of looking for new or better contracts, a better offer elsewhere and my impending residence permit renewal resulted in a decision.
So, if you are in the same position I am, there are a couple of things you need to do before you go.
Cancel or suspend your živnostenský list:
To do this will require a visit to the same office you got the zivno from in the first place. You can actually suspend it, but only up to the expiry date, so this is not very helpful for us North Americans unless you are just leaving for the summer and want to avoid social service tax. In my case cancellation was the only option.
Do this before month end so you can avoid paying extra social service tax. Good news! There is no charge! Finally, something for free! My office in Prague 7 took one week to complete it. It does require two visits as you have to apply to cancel it and then go back to sign off on it and they will give you a document proving you cancelled it. Save this document.
The zivno office will also notify social service tax you are leaving, but they recommend you visit them to make sure the assessment is stopped.
Cancel your social service tax:
Again you want to do this before month end so you aren’t assessed for the following month, 1894Kc is still 1894Kc! With my zivno cancellation letter in hand I dropped by my social service tax office. They will have you fill out a form to cancel your business activities and stop the tax. While my zivno office speaks a little English, here I took along a letter to help me communicate what I wanted to do. A Czech speaking friend might be helpful. **Remember that they amount you pay each month is for the previous month, so even if you cancel this month you still need to pay once more**.
And that is about it! For now. Make sure you keep records of all these things as you will need them next year for, you guessed it, TAXES!