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Ex-Labour Minister critical of current policy

LABOUR, Social Affairs and the Family Minister Ján Richter should step in against the postponement of the deadline for paying deductions to  state social insurer Sociálna poistovňa to the self-employed, former labour minister Jozef Mihál from the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) said July 30, the TASR newswire reported on July 30.

Jozef Mihál (Source: Sme)

Sociálna poistovňa (SP) has moved the deadline back from August 10 to September 2, thereby violating the law, claimed Mihál, calling on Richter to return from holiday in order to deal with the situation. The change was due to the Financial Directorate’s faulty information system, which SaS has been pointing to for a long time, added Mihál.

SP spokesman Peter Višváder reacted by stating that the deadline for paying deductions has been delayed due to technical problems at the Financial Directorate. These problems have also caused the announcements concerning deduction obligations to be delayed.

“We’ve done what we considered to be the best solution for the self-employed so that they’d be able to prepare themselves for  paying deductions,”  Višváder said, as quoted by TASR. “I assume that if Mr Mihál were in a similar situation, he’d act in the same manner.”

Richter is aware of the situation and SP is keeping the ministry informed about it, the ministry’s press department stated.

“The minister understands the opposition party’s pre-election efforts to politicise the technical problems in IT systems,” Labour Ministry spokesman Michal Stuška said, as quoted by TASR.

The situation could have been resolved at the final parliamentary session before the summer recess, but SP director Dušan Muňko in his report to the parliament did not say anything about any problems with the transmission of data from the Financial Directorate, according to Mihál.

He went on to say that parliament would have been able to adopt a law via fast-tracked proceedings in order to allow a legal delay of the deadline. Many self-employed people are now confused, as the Financial Directorate was supposed to send the data to SP by May 31, and SP should have subsequently sent all relevant information on deduction obligations to the self-employed by July 20. Nevertheless, both bodies are sending such data only at the moment, he said.

“It’s July 30 today, and most of the self-employed still haven’t received this information,” said Mihál, as quoted by TASR. “The SP is violating the law; it’s transgressing its powers and violating the Constitution.”

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