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Why Should I Care About the Underground Economy? There were 15.6 Million Reasons in 2013.

Why Should I Care About the Underground Economy? There were 15.6 Million Reasons in 2013. posted on Jul 30

The comprehensive enforcement efforts of the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy (JTF) in targeting the underground economy are paying off. Last year, the JTF recovered $15.6 million in unpaid wages, back taxes, unemployment insurance premiums, fines and penalties. Today, JTF has grown to   …Continue Reading Why Should I Care About the Underground Economy? There were 15.6 Million Reasons in 2013.

Youth Permit Process posted on May 20

May is Young Worker Safety Month in Massachusetts.  As many teenagers are looking for summer jobs at this time, it is important to remember that anyone under the age of eighteen must have a job-specific work permit before starting any job.  To learn about the   …Continue Reading Youth Permit Process

How are taxpayers impacted by employee misclassification and the underground economy?

How are taxpayers impacted by employee misclassification and the underground economy? posted on Feb 20

Employee misclassification occurs when a worker is paid as something other than an employee, such as an independent contractor, when by law that worker is really an employee. One of the differences between an employee versus an independent contractor is how these workers are paid.   …Continue Reading How are taxpayers impacted by employee misclassification and the underground economy?

MA Joint Task Force Recovers Millions in Revenue by Targeting Employer Fraud and Worker Misclassification posted on Oct 30

Now in our fifth year, the Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification (the Joint Task Force) has experienced great success in coordinating the work of multiple state agencies to eliminate employer fraud and employee misclassification, but there is more work to do.