Self-employed Grumble Over Arnona

Owners of small businesses have complained that they are still obliged to pay local property taxes (arnona) on unused office space, according to Ze'ev Wiener, president of Lahav, the umbrella organization for the self-employed. Lahav representatives told the Knesset Interior and Environment Committee this week that many self-employed workers had cut back on their office space, but could not sublet the area due to the flooding of the office market. Consequently, they are in a no-win situation, often tied to multiyear rental contracts and required to pay arnona on empty office space.