My most recent employer never reported hiring me or paid any taxes required by law. I was never asked to submit a W2 or any other tax forms. I was almost always paid in cash and never received any pay stubs either. I don't believe they even had a business license. Is it possible to report this employer anonymously for their tax evasion?
Your best bet is to hire a wage and hour attorney to represent you. At the very least your employer is liable for a pay stub penalty, your employer is required to issue a pay stub listing your hours, deductions and rate of pay regardless of whether they pay you in cash. They probably owe you money in civil and statutory penalties. I also venture to guess that since your employer is violating one law they are probably violating other wage and hour laws and owe you and the other employees for those violations. Call a wage and hour attorney, a good wage and hour attorney will give a free consult.
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Some states’ departments of labor have toll-free hotlines for those who wish to report employers who are paying workers off the books or under the table wages. Paying workers off the books can have a severe impact on workers and employers in industries where the practice prevails. It affects working conditions by encouraging unscrupulous employers to ignore labor protections, such as wage and hour requirements, and safety and health regulations. The departments of labor of some states work together with other state agencies and their attorneys general to put an end to this practice.
Consult with an experienced employment lawyer to assist you further on this matter.
-Denise K. Bonnaig
California does not have an anonymous reporting capability related to Labor Code violations. If you wish to cause this prior employer to stop its unlawful practices directed at its employees you will have to file a lawsuit.
The IRS has a reporting system that would allow you to report tax evasion, and if it collects money you can receive some of it. However I do not believe that process is anonymous either.
Good luck to you.
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