59 fined for not paying National Pension for spouses
The China Post staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Fifty-nine people were fined due to their failure to pay National Pension fees for their spouses, according to officials of Ministry of the Interior (MOI).
January 4, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
This is the first time the authority issued tickets for people who did not pay for their spouse since the National Pension Act came into effect in October 2008.
Chen Su-tsuen (陳素春), an official of the Department of Social Affairs of the MOI, said those that were fined have annual incomes of more than NT$1 million and have never paid the fees since the act took effect. The aim of the act is to provide financial aid to people who encounter emergency situations.
Chen said that under the act, there are 3.8 million housewives and unemployed people covered by the insurance. However, only 58 percent of the people pay their fees regularly. According to National Pension Act Article 15, if an insured person cannot pay the fees by their due date, they can apply to pay in installments or extend the expiry date. If people cannot afford the insurance fees, their spouses are responsible to pay for them. If the insured fail to pay in time, they can be fined from NT$3,000-NT$15,000 in accordance with the act.
Chen stated that people who are considerably wealthy yet fail to pay the pension for their spouse and do not apply for installments or an extension will be fined. She said the authority has sifted out 200 people who violated the regulation. Among them, 129 people already cleared their payments, 59 were issued tickets, 10 applied for installments or extensions, one person had a justifiable reason and one could not be reached.