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.
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Two confidential informants-- both disgruntled ex-employees-- told the IRS Barrett kept cash patient fees 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.
The conduit is designed to get problem loans off the books while raising new capital from U.