Now, pensioners have received a warning, and it is highly likely that in the nearest future the fiscal authorities will seriously deal with all the incomes of elderly Russians and begin to fine them for any income.
No need to say that it has become increasingly difficult for Russian pensioners to live in recent years. Even the notorious indexation, which, according to authorities, outpaces official inflation does not affect the living standards of senior citizens of the country. One shouldn’t be tricked by the word “official”, since the real inflation, expressed in rising prices for most consumer goods, is noticeably ahead of any indexation that the authorities are ready to offer citizens. In fact, it guarantees only one rather simple thing - despite all the statements of high offices, the country's pensioners continue their way to the absolute poverty.
Most likely, this is the reason for the recent situation, when elderly Russians after retirement have to continue working in order to receive some minimal additional income. Indeed, if “pasta is the same everywhere”, then old people would like to have at least butter and meatballs with it, not to mention other human needs. Finally, we should not forget that working pensioners in our country were actually held hostage by the state, having lost the right for pensions' indexation.
Worked but never earned
It is ridiculous that a citizen, who has regularly made appropriate payments to the pension fund for all his life, is going to lose the right to receive a “normal” pension in the broad sense of the word only because his decision to continue working because of the too modest amount of pension payments. He has earned this money, but still has no right to use it fully. So it turns out that many senior citizens prefer to work "in gray", while maintaining the status of "full-fledged" pensioners. And it also happens that a pensioner simply gets random income, so should he run to the pension fund immediately and report on his casual income of several thousand rubles? Apparently, the government and the federal authorities have lost their sleep because of all these fabulous fortunes of the Russian old people, so that they decided to get their hands on these funds. Moreover, in case of violations the elderly will incur a financial penalty up to 120,000 rubles. In simple terms, they worked but have never earned.
So, as it has become known just recently, Russian pensioners may receive a fine in the amount of up to 120 thousand rubles if tax officials suspect them of fraud. By this very fraud the authorities mean informal employment and any kind of part-time job the elderly do not pay taxes for.
“If a pensioner has additional earnings and receives a full pension with all the premiums and indexation at the same time, he can be held liable for fraud,” the report said. Thus, the tax service warns citizens that in case of concealment of income from the state during informal employment, serious fines can be applied to them, as well as other types of punishments, including correctional labor or even imprisonment. And the point is not in some perspective or in the bill being considered by the State Duma - such a norm with a fine of 120,000 rubles and other types of punishments has long been in effect in the country.
Now, pensioners have received a warning, and it is highly likely that in the nearest future the fiscal authorities will seriously deal with all the incomes of elderly Russians and begin to fine them for any income. So, if you’ve taught a neighbor’s child foreign language before entering a university and received a kind of “thank you” for that, you’ll be fined. If you’ve decided to help some “more’ successful Russians to paint their fence and clean their homestead and get some money for that, you’ll get a fine and correctional work. That is the picture that comes to our mind on the background of the authorities' obvious desire to press pensioners permanently.
Surprisingly, the idea of inspecting pensioners’ incomes and applying so impressive fines to them was also supported by the Russian Union of Pensioners. According to Lyudmila Piskunova, the head of the Presidium of the RUP, unofficially working pensioners are motivated by a simple desire to receive a couple of extra thousand rubles for their monthly pension payments. It would seem that there is no reason to argue with Piskunova, but there are six obvious errors in the way she uses the word “extra” in her statement. Is it really so difficult to distinguish the "extra" money from the money that pensioners are in dire need of, facing the daily choice of what to eat - water or bread? And it turns out that even the RUP is trying to convict pensioners of greed.
But a senior representative of the Russian Union of Pensioners definitely won’t stop. “Laws must be obeyed. Now the current legislation requires not to index the pensions of working pensioners. You can be dissatisfied with this, you can be outraged as much as you like, but the law must be respected,” - Piskunova emphasizes, complaining that she is a working pensioner herself and her pension is not indexed either, and that is why she underreceives 4,000 rubles a month. It is difficult to comment on this, but it is very interesting to know how exactly the loss of these 4,000 rubles actually affects the life of Lyudmila Georgievna. And then impose this “reality” on the life of the average Russian pensioner. After all, everything is about the degree, isn’t it?