Employers who don’t pay social contributions in due time risk going to jail and staying behind bars from one to six years, reads a government emergency ordinance draft released by the Ministry of Finances.
“Non-payment of taxes and contributions in 30 days at the most since the due date stipulated by the law represents a crime and is sentenced to prison from one year to six years,” reads the GEO draft.
There are 32 taxes coming under this new rule, including the salary tax, the pension tax and social securities and health contributions.
The amendment comes amid new fiscal changes to come into force as of January 1, 2018.
The social securities will be transferred from the employer to the employee, but the actual payment to the state budget will be made by the employer.
The non-payment of the social contributions has been considered a crime before, but in 2015 the Constitutional Court has ruled that the provision is not constitutional.