Belarus introduced criminal liability for paying salaries “in envelopes” without transferring taxes and paying insurance premiums, the document was signed by President Alexander Lukashenko. Changes are made to Art. 243 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, they will come into force on June 19.
“The tightening of the liability of employers for the payment of wages” in an envelope “was initiated by the State Control Committee and is due to the insufficiency of existing administrative measures in the fight against this negative phenomenon. By paying wages without being reflected in the accounting records, the employer inflicts damage not only on the state, but also on the employees (ranging from their lack of guarantees of receiving the agreed earnings and ending with the unfair size of future pension, deprivation of other social benefits), ”the State Control Committee of Belarus noted (quote according to BelTA).
Criminal liability is provided solely for deliberate non-payment of insurance premiums and failure to transfer taxes on a large scale. For taxes and fees, a large amount is considered to be 1 thousand base units, for insurance premiums – 2.5 thousand base units. This corresponds to 29 thousand Belarusian rubles ($ 11.5 thousand) and 72.5 thousand Belarusian rubles ($ 28.7 thousand).
A year ago, Mr. Lukashenko instructed to introduce state regulation of wages in private companies. The Belarusian president suggested taking the indicators of ten leading enterprises of the country as a model.