What is Salary Allowance
Salary bonus is a benefit provided by the State to some workers. Some people mistakenly call this benefit PIS (saying, for example, “You are entitled to PIS”).
The confusion happens because, in order to be entitled to this allowance, one of the criteria is to be registered with PIS or Pasep. So, PIS / Pasep is the program, while the allowance is the benefit that this program offers.
The salary allowance corresponds to the value of one minimum wage per year. In 2020, therefore, this amount is R $ 1,045.00.
Who is entitled to Salary Allowance
Not every worker is entitled to receive wage allowance. For that, it is necessary to fulfill some prerequisites.
The first is to have registered with PIS or Pasep for at least five years. The second is to have received, at most, two minimum wages of average monthly remuneration during the base year considered for the calculation. The third is to have worked for at least thirty days during the base year.
There is also a fourth prerequisite, which does not depend on the worker, but on who employed him. The employer must have correctly informed the employee’s data in RAIS.
Because there is a Salary Allowance
The salary bonus is one of the social welfare policies that are still maintained by the Government. It was created in the year 1970. Complementary Law 07/70 established the allowance paid to private sector workers, while Complementary Law 08/70 established the allowance paid to public servants.
It exists to provide a supplement to the income of workers who receive less. Precisely for this reason, one of the criteria to be entitled to the benefit is the low average salary in the base year.
How to withdraw the Salary Allowance
First, the individual needs to consult whether he is really entitled to the allowance. From one year to the next, he can leave the base of workers who receive the benefit. For example, if he has had an increase and his average monthly salary has exceeded two minimum wages, he no longer receives the allowance.
The consultation can be made on the Caixa Econômica website, in the Caixa Emprego application or by calling 0800-726-0207.
Once the worker confirms that he is entitled, he must check the payment schedule. The allowance is released according to the month of birth of the beneficiaries.
At the right time, the allowance can be withdrawn using the Citizen Card, at Caixa ATMs, lottery shops and Caixa Aqui correspondents. If the individual does not have the Citizen’s Card, he / she can make the withdrawal at a Caixa branch, presenting identification document and registration number at PIS.
An important point is that if the worker was entitled to the allowance in previous years, but did not get to withdraw it, he may still be able to get the money. Often, the Government allows you to withdraw the salary allowance up to three years earlier.
Criticisms of Salary Allowance
Although the salary bonus benefits many Brazilians, there are some criticisms and even the possibility that it will be extinguished in the future.
One of the criticisms is the fact that a large number of workers are not properly informed about the right to benefits. Precisely for this reason, it is common for the values to remain open for withdrawal for years, without the individual appearing to withdraw it.
On the other hand, it is also criticized that the allowance is being paid to those who do not need it so much. Instead of being directed to those who are in fact in a situation of poverty, it is aimed at those who have an income, even if that income is not high.
This is one of the arguments behind the proposal to change the salary bonus that appears in the text of the Pension Reform. With this change, the average monthly income to receive the benefit should be, at most, one minimum wage (instead of two, as is currently the case).