From Iceland — Unregistered Work More Widespread Than Thought

Unregistered Work More Widespread Than Thought

Published October 17, 2011

While long suspected to be on the rise in the workforce, unregistered employees are actually more commonplace than initially suspected.
As reported, director of the tax office Skúli Eggert Þórðarson led an effort last summer to more closely examine the tax records of some 5,000 places of work. Skúli suspected that unregistered workers were on the rise, particularly in the fields of restaurant work, auto repair and construction.
Having paid their rounds of visits to some 2,000 different places suspected of operating in this manner, 12% had unregistered workers.
Some places were worse offenders than others. One restaurant kept no books whatsoever of their accounts, while another – with a staff of seven – had no legally registered employees. There were also examples of people being on unemployment insurance while working.
The tax office will continue its investigations.

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