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How do i file my taxes if i get paid cash?

Mazeppa, MN |

I would like to buy a house but i get paid cash and they ask for your pay stubs how am i able to do this?

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Attorney answers 3


If you are paid in cash, I am assuming that your employer gives you a 1099 and you use that as evidence of your gross income when you file your tax return. Often, the bank will use alternative methods to analyze your income. This includes examining tax returns, bank statements showing deposits into your account and possible independent verification from those that are paying you.

Mortgage companies understand when someone is self-employed and you should discuss with them how you should document your income.

Good luck!

This response does not create an attorney client relationship nor should the advice be relied upon because it is not specific to your legal situation. Before you depend on legal advice, you should retain competent counsel.


Income is taxable, no matter in what form it is received. If you are in a cash business, you need to keep good records of your income and expenses. Or deposit all cash receipts to a bank account.

You should reconstruct your net income to the best of your abilities, withe assistance of a professional, and file your returns ASAP.

Please note that this is not legal advice, and should not be relied upon as such. Always consult with a competent tax professional to discuss your specific situation!


Getting paid in cash is a little bit of a problem nowadays. As the previous attorney stated, your 1099 or W-2 will have to be the basis for this. If you are saying that you are paid under the table in cash, and this isn't reported, you have a different problem and will likely not be able to substantiate your income to the satisfaction of the bank.

Christopher Larson