A huge mistake that comes up in business is something that doesn’t actually seem like it’s a big deal at all.

And that is, paying employees or independent contractors in cash. That’s cash money, you know, like dead presidents.

Here’s why. The all-powerful Internal Revenue Service, can can disallow the deduction entirely. Meaning, if you paid contractors like 50 thousand in cash, because I don’t know, maybe they’re not legal. Can I say that? Maybe the politically correct term is “unauthorized worker”.

Anyway, if you paid contractors in cash, the IRS can argue that you have nothing to evidence your cash payment, therefore you can’t deduct the expense on your taxes. This would effectively increase your taxable income by $50 thousand dollars. That’s about $15 thousand more in taxes you would have to pay the IRS.

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