FinMin says Czech self-employed numbers up in 2005 PRAGUE, Feb 13 (CTK) - The number of self-employed Czechs grew slightly in 2005, Finance Ministry spokeswoman Petra Krainova told CTK today, citing tax office data. The number of people paying individual income tax on income from business and other self-employment activities was up by 18,000 year-on-year to 1.851 million in 2005, she added. But Economic Chamber president Jaromir Drabek said these data cut no ice because they included self-employed people who are not active. He added data from the Czech Social Security Administration (CSSZ) were more important, because they reckon only with active self-employed Czechs. The CSSZ has said the number of self-employed Czechs fell by 35,000 to 910,800 in 2005. Experts said the drop was due to administrative reasons, but entrepreneurs said it was caused by tax changes introducing the so-called minimum tax. Krainova added tax offices registered 54,000 new taxpayers and removed 36,000 from their files in this category. The number of new registrations was 50 percent higher than that of removals in 2005, against 63 percent in 2004, she said.