off the books


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off the books

Off the official payroll; paid in cash, without any official employment paperwork. I worked off the books in my uncle's restaurant for a few months during the summer. It's no secret that many migrant workers are kept off the books at major agricultural and construction operations around the country.
See also: book, off

on/off the/somebody’s ˈbooks

(business) included/not included in the official financial records of a company: The company falsified its accounts and kept billions of dollars in debt off the books.
See also: book, off, on
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Seventy percent of the neighborhood's shops employ one or more people off the books, paying in cash, food, liquor, or any number of store products.
Jumper explained that the funding for those positions has already been reduced, but "we have failed to take the people away, or take those slots off the books.
They took homosexuality off the books and replaced it with GID," she says, "because gay men and women started to stand up for their rights as human beings.
E[acute accent]--Returned and refurbished inventory is moved out of the warehouse and off the books in days, not weeks or months
THE firm responsible for signing off the books of collapsed tour operator XL Leisure was yesterday facing an investigation.
Shedding the contract of Beckett -- a desired commodity -- figured to be no problem, but getting Lowell off the books was going to be a bigger challenge.
Judging by Manhattan's lodging market, the law of supply and demand also seems to have been written off the books.
Two confidential informants-- both disgruntled ex-employees-- told the IRS Barrett kept cash patient fees off the books.
Completions" include unsuccessful searches which were closed and moved off the books due to a variety of reasons, including client cancellation.
I believe first-degree murderers deserve to be executed, but with so many exclusions on the books - mental illness, under 18 at the time, inadequate defense and others - the death penalty will eventually be taken off the books.
With a backlog of distressed properties off the books and recycled into the market place, banks can return to the business of lending.
Smith said that this move was long overdue and that in addition, in order to enhance the company's attractiveness to investors all back salaries have been taken off the books and Coronado officers and employees have returned over 100 million option shares.
The documentary compiles a wide array of corporate offenses, including managers instructed to doctor payroll records to keep earned overtime off the books and its strong-arm anti-union tactics.
The conduit is designed to get problem loans off the books while raising new capital from U.
5 million off the books when they did not pick up the option on veteran center Adam Oates, granting him unrestricted free agency.