Is under the table employment illegal?


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Under the table employment refers to unreported employment, which is illegal in the U.S. and in most other countries. Unreported employment is a method of tax evasion and an important factor of underground economy, according to Find Law.

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Some common types of jobs in which unreported employment is common include domestic work such as babysitting and housekeeping, taxicab service, construction work and self-employment, such as gardening, painting and decorating and window cleaning. Reasons for under the table employment include convenience for both parties, avoidance of minimum wage laws for cheaper labor and evasion of insurance requirements. Under the table employment has a negative impact on both employees and employers, notes Find Law.

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