Getting paid "under the table"


#1

Hi people.
Is getting paid under the table a venial sin?
A mortal sin?
A sin at all???
Please help… thanks.


#2

If this is being done to avoid paying legitimate taxes on income and for social security, it is tax evasion and illegal, as well as being a mortal sin against the 7th commandment. Personally I would be more afraid of the IRS, because God has more mercy.


#3

[quote=puzzleannie]Personally I would be more afraid of the IRS, because God has more mercy.
[/quote]

That is so funny! LOL It could be true but so funny.

I have met people who almost insist on looking for “under the table” jobs when they would do so much better with a lugitamate job.

What I think is a great injustice is when people are collecting unemployment or on Labor and Industry (L&I) medical disability and they are out putting roofs on houses or something and not reporting earnings from these side jobs. Here are programs meant to assist people through hard times and people abuse the system for greed.

Peace in Christ,
Steven Merten
www.ILOVEYOUGOD.com


#4

Part of the question may be, “Is it okay to accept employment from an employer who pays you in cash?” I think yes, but you must report your income to the IRS as per any laws.


#5

We pay one of our service providers in cash because she doesn’t have a bank account, and isn’t able to easily convert checks into actual money. The actual amount ($50/week) is well under IRS limits for any kind of reporting, so that isn’t a problem.


#6

You could make the argument, it is stealing from the government but quite honestly the government is stealing from everyone else but it is okay.

I am afraid of the government. SO I render to ceaser but more and more I despise it. I make so little, there is little or nothing to give ceaser.


#7

Thanks for the replys.

[quote=Catholic2003]We pay one of our service providers in cash because she doesn’t have a bank account, and isn’t able to easily convert checks into actual money. The actual amount ($50/week) is well under IRS limits for any kind of reporting, so that isn’t a problem.
[/quote]

What is the IRS limit anyway??


#8

[quote=John D.]Thanks for the replys.

What is the IRS limit anyway??
[/quote]

Good question. I was thinking it is $2000/quarter, but I don’t really know for sure.


#9

I thought the IRS limit was $600 per year. Any more than that paid to someone who does work for you and you have to provide a Form 1099. But I’m no expert.

When you pay for child care and deduct it from you taxes you have to provide a Social Security number for your provider on your tax form and that person must pay taxes on the income.

(I hate tax time)


#10

[quote=Catholic2003]We pay one of our service providers in cash because she doesn’t have a bank account, and isn’t able to easily convert checks into actual money. The actual amount ($50/week) is well under IRS limits for any kind of reporting, so that isn’t a problem.
[/quote]

the IRS limits for reporting may be much less than you think, and in any case social security applies to all wages, you had better obtain up to date publications from IRS on this topic. also the cases in which you may report on a 1099 (which does not require withholding income or SS taxes) have been drastically limited so you better get up to date info on this also. Being paid in cash is not the same as being paid under the table. You still report and withhold on compensation paid in cash (if required), the method of payment has no bearing.


#11

[quote=puzzleannie]Personally I would be more afraid of the IRS, because God has more mercy.
[/quote]

You totally crack me up!!!


#12

Back in high shool, times were tough and it was hard to find 40 hour a week summer employment.

I took a job that paid cash under the table. To make it worse, the pay was under minimum wage. Worst of all, the employer was…yup, my parish :frowning:

They were some very bad boys. They also knowing accepted school tuition payments made out to the parish. Obviously, those parents were writing off the tuition as a deductible contribution. In those days, the IRS hadn’t caught on to this yet.


#13

[quote=puzzleannie]the IRS limits for reporting may be much less than you think, and in any case social security applies to all wages, you had better obtain up to date publications from IRS on this topic.
[/quote]

Thanks for the info (and thanks to DeniseR) as well. I will check it out; we just started this a month ago, so I guess I still have time to do any reporting that I need to do. Since it’s tax time anyway, downloading a few more IRS publications shouldn’t be too hard.


#14

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit www.catholic.com.