Notification about Reclaiming Debts.
As of January 2004, the General Treasury of the Social Security is going to use a procedure of sending out notifications of debt claims to the representatives of companies that are registered with the RED System and use it through them, who have not received the notices that are being sent directly to the address given by the company to the General Treasury of the Social Security.
The advantages of this system are the following, among others:
It is essential that claims be received so that the companies know their situation and can act accordingly: if the debt is either completely or partially incorrect, it can be corrected within the legal time limits; if it is correct, it can be paid, or regularised by applying for an extension, before higher surcharges are applied.
It should be remembered that the surcharges increase with time and even if the notification is not received, it will end up being made affective by being published in the official bulletins.
This situation will be aggravated when the new surcharges and interest listed in Law 52/2003 of 10 December -BOE of 11 December - come into force because, among other changes, interest for late payment will accrue from the end of the regulation payment time limit, as well as the corresponding surcharges.
In all cases, the fact that the company representatives who use the RED System receive these notifications does not imply that they have any other responsibility than to inform the companies that they represent that there is a debt and that they should therefore taken some action.