Cabinet Approves Extension on Contributions Payment in 23 Provinces Amounting 18 Billion Baht

The Labour Min ister reported the Cabinet’s approval to extend the deadline for filing a list of contributions and remittances by employers and the insurer in regions that suffered disasters for three months, from December 2018 to February 2019, as proposed by the Ministry of Labour, accounting for approximately 18 billion Baht.

Labour Minister H.E. Police General Adul Sangsingkeo reported that in the Cabinet’s meeting today, the Ministry of Labour proposed a draft of its announcement on the extension of the deadline for submission of remittance and payments of employer contributions and the insurers, in areas that suffered from disasters B.E…. for the Cabinet to approve and declare enforcement. The Cabinet approved the draft announcement, which will allow employers and insurers areas experiencing windstorm and floods caused by the “Pabuk” tropical storm in 23 provinces including 1) Krabi 2) Chanthaburi 3) Chumphon 4) Chonburi 5 ) Trang 6) Trat 7) Nakhon Si Thammarat 8) Narathiwat 9) Prachuap Khiri Khan 10) Pattani 11) Phang Nga 12) Phatthalung 13) Phetchaburi 14) Phuket 15) Yala 16) Ranong 17) Rayong 18) Songkhla 19) Satun 20) Samut Prakan 21) Samut Songkhram 22) Samut Sakhon and 23) Surat Thani. There is a total of 129,981 employers in the above provinces, with 3,517,817 people insured under Section 33 and 411,358 people, totaling 3,929,175 people.

Pol.Gen. Adul said that the essence of the Ministry of Labour’s announcement would be the extension of the submission of the list of contributions and remittances by the employer, for wages from December 2018 to February 2019; employers will need to submit by April 15, 2019. The announcement also extends the deadline for insurers’ contributions under Section 39, for contributions that were supposed to be provided from December 2018 to February 2019, to be sent to the fund by April 15, 2019. The extension of time for submitting the list of forms for submission of contributions and remittances by the employer under Section 47 and the deadline for insurer contributions under Section 39. Employers and insurers will not have to pay additional fees if paid within the time limit extension. The extension of contribution payments by employers for three months equates to approximately 6,000 million Baht per month, totaling around 18,000 million Baht for three months.

However if employers and insurers do not send contributions within this extended period, it will be assumed that the employer and insurers have not paid dues within the time specified by the law, and therefore employers will be subject to an additional 2 percent per month of the amount of contributions overduepaid, from the day following the payment date. For insured persons under Section 39, payment must be made at the rate of 2 percent per month of the amount of the contribution which has not yet been paid, from the day following the payment date.

“The Ministry of Labour confirms that for the extension of the said period, insurers under Section 33 will not be affected by the right to receive benefits as Section 47 considers that insurers have paid contributions every time there is a payment of wages. Insurers under Section 39 will not be affected by the status of being an insurer under Section 39; therefore insurers can be confident that they will able to exercise the right to receive benefits as usual, concluded Gen. Adul.

Source: Ministry of Labour

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