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Schleswig-Holstein

Undeclared work

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

The various forms of undeclared work are legally defined in Section 1 (2) of the Act to Combat Clandestine Employment (SchwarzArbG). According to this, undeclared work is carried out by anyone who provides services or work or has them carried out and in doing so

  1. as an employer, entrepreneur or self-employed person subject to compulsory insurance, fails to fulfill their social security reporting, contribution or record-keeping obligations arising from the services or work performed,
  2. as a taxpayer, does not fulfill his tax obligations arising from the services or work performed,
  3. as a recipient of social benefits, does not fulfill his or her reporting obligations to the social benefit provider resulting from the services or work performed,
  4. as a provider of services or work, has not complied with the resulting obligation to notify the commencement of the independent operation of a standing trade (Section 14 of the Trade, Commerce and Industry Regulation Act) or has not obtained the required traveling trade license (Section 55 of the Trade, Commerce and Industry Regulation Act) or
  5. as a provider of services or work, independently operates a craft requiring a license as a standing trade without being entered in the register of craftsmen (§ 1 of the Crafts Code).
    Undeclared work is also carried out by anyone who pretends to provide a service or work or to have it carried out and if they themselves or a third party thereby wrongfully receive social benefits in accordance with the Second or Third Book of the German Social Code.

Undeclared work is also carried out by anyone who pretends to provide a service or work or to have a service or work carried out and if they themselves or a third party thereby wrongfully receive social benefits under the Second or Third Book of the German Social Code.
In addition to this, the SchwarzArbG also contains the relevant provisions on fines and penalties (Sections 8 to 11 SchwarzArbG).
Undeclared work does not include services or work performed

  • by relatives or life partners,
  • as a favor,
  • by way of neighborly help or
  • by way of self-help within the meaning of the Second Housing Act or the Housing Promotion Act

and are not aimed at sustainable profit.


Who should I contact?

The main customs offices are responsible for combating undeclared work as defined in points 1 to 3 with their Financial Control of Undeclared Work department, where you can submit your information on possible undeclared work in writing or by telephone.

Craft and trade law violations (numbers 4 and 5) are prosecuted by the local authorities responsible for combating illegal employment. Here you can contact the districts or independent cities. The district administrators and mayors of towns with a population of over 20,000 are responsible.

Legal basis
What else should I know?

In addition to the illegal employment described here, there is also illegal employment (including illegal employment of foreigners, employment without paying the minimum wage in accordance with the Minimum Wage Act, the Posted Workers Act or the Temporary Employment Act, illegal temporary employment).

Further information on the fight against undeclared work and illegal employment by the customs administration can be found on the customs website.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Who should I contact?

The main customs offices are responsible for combating undeclared work as defined in points 1 to 3 with their Financial Control of Undeclared Work department, where you can submit your information on possible undeclared work in writing or by telephone.

Craft and trade law violations (numbers 4 and 5) are prosecuted by the local authorities responsible for combating illegal employment. Here you can contact the districts or independent cities. The district administrators and mayors of towns with a population of over 20,000 are responsible.

Legal basis

What else should I know?

In addition to the illegal employment described here, there is also illegal employment (including illegal employment of foreigners, employment without paying the minimum wage in accordance with the Minimum Wage Act, the Posted Workers Act or the Temporary Employment Act, illegal temporary employment).

Further information on the fight against undeclared work and illegal employment by the customs administration can be found on the customs website.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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