Krasnodar, 20 September – Yug Times. While national leaders declare that they are giving every kind of assistance to business, the business community states the existence of a new catastrophe that threatens to eradicate entrepreneurs as a class.
Last year, the federal authorities decided to strengthen the discipline of payments between entrepreneurs and off-budget funds. Although this idea initially had only indirect relation to business circles, at the end the process of “strengthening the discipline” turned out to be a real catastrophe.
Now the taxpayers are facing a problem of incorrectly recorded and transferred from the Pension Fund to the Tax Inspection residues of insurance premiums paid before January 1, 2017.
As a result, in some cases the entrepreneurs face overpayment where it should not happen, while in others they find themselves in arrears with erroneously charged fines for delays with payment of insurance premiums. Looking at such incorrect data, the Tax Inspection immediately writes the arrears off the taxpayers’ settlement accounts. While the entrepreneurs are trying to find protection from such arbitrariness, the Tax Inspection gives brisk reports about an 8% rise of the receipts of the off-budget funds. It must be a big success under current crisis conditions — however, it has been achieved mostly because of unlawful actions.
We asked Daniel Bashmakov, Chairman of the Krasnodar regional branch of the business organization “Support of Russia”, comments on the situation:
“The issue affects the interests of thousands of businesses in all municipalities of the Krasnodar region. Data coming from the Pension Fund to the tax authorities do not correspond to reality. As a consequence, it is the taxpayers that suffer, because from their accounts insurance premiums and fines are written off, and they have to spend their time for endless examinations and attempts to prove that they are innocent and law-abiding citizens.”
The Yug Times is waiting for official comments to come from the regional Prosecutor’s Office and regional branches of the Pension Fund and Federal Tax Inspection. Besides, we sent official inquiries to the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and to the federal business ombudsman.