Paying Cash, Helping a Tax-Cheat?

Dear Bintel Brief,

If a cleaning lady, repairman, tradesman or even a doctor quotes a price to do a service, but then immediately offers to reduce the price if you pay cash, and you suspect the lower price is offered because the provider will not report the income and pay taxes, are you participating in an unethical transaction? Or are you merely participating in one that might lead to something illegal on the part of the recipient of the payment? What is the appropriate way to respond to such an offer?

TAXED ABOUT TAXES


Hanna Rosin is a writer for the Atlantic and Double X, and the author of “God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007). The Israeli-born, Queens-reared Rosin lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their three children.


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