An under the table job is one where you are paid in cash and the payment is not recorded by the employer nor is the income reported to the IRS. Yes, this is illegal.
With that said, there are many employers and jobs that pay cash. As a seasonal employee or independent traveler, cash jobs can pay all or some of the bills.
As for legality, not everyone is required to file an income tax return each year. Generally, if your total income for the year doesn't exceed the standard deduction plus one exemption and you aren't a dependent to another taxpayer, then you don't need to file a federal tax return. As long as your proceeds are recorded and available for taxing if the IRS audits you, you are in the clear. So keep records of all your under the table income, right on top of the table.
What types of jobs am I talking about? Here are five jobs where you normally get paid in cash.
1. Baby Sitting or Pet Sitting.
Whether you provide care in your home or in the clients home, a normal sitting job pays in cash. Related to that, Transporting pets from one place to another is also a needed service. Check out UShip for information on pet transport.
2. Yard Care. Good yard care is hard to come by. Careful and fully completed lawn mowing, weed eating, tree trimming, leave raking with debris clean up can put a good chunk of change in your pocket. In the winter, snow blowing and snow shoveling fall into this category.
From grade school through college, there are students needing help
with math, writing, languages and more. If you are proficient in a particular subject, this is a great way to earn some extra income.You can even put together a class to teach online.
4. Writing or Proofreading
Ghost writing, guest blog posts, and proofreading the same are sought after jobs. You can do them on your own time and anywhere in the world. Online writing is ideal for the independent traveler.
5. Exercise Instructor or Personal Trainer
Yoga, Zumba, Airforce calisthenics. There is a market for old school and new body. Offer a class at your travel destination for travelers wanting to keep in shape while on vacation.
I hope this gives you some ideas. Put your mind to work to think of additional skills that can be turned into cash.
How do you find these so called under the table jobs?
I always recommend that you have a general resume' web page posted online. Post your availability on local bulletin, facebook, and craigslist boards a few weeks before you arrive in the area. You can make appointments and arrangements before you even hit town. If they ask for a resume' it is easy to just send them to your website.
Good luck with your search. I hope these tips help you find one or more under the table type jobs.