How are you guys writing off Hispanic labor?

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Old 12-04-2017, 10:34 PM   #1
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How are you guys writing off Hispanic labor?

Let's be honest, here in the Southeast, we don't see many roofs getting put on by American labor. Most roofs replacement jobs I pass are being done by 6-10 man Hispanic crews, yet NO one is talking about the tax and accounting implications of this.

I've attended all types "roofing workshops" where they talk about lead generation, canvasing neighborhoods, insurance claims, best practices, etc. But where is the conversation on Hispanic labor? 7/10 of the guys you see on the roofs are undocumented. How is accounting reconciled? Is Workers Compensation valid?

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Old 12-05-2017, 03:36 PM   #2
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Re: How are you guys writing off Hispanic labor?

It is your responsibility to use legal labor. Sometimes a worker may have fake documents that you cannot tell are fake. So, yes, some of your labor might be undocumented and illegal through no fault of your own.

However, legal or not they will have a tax id and the accounting principles do not change. There is really nothing to do other than the normal operations.

If you live in an area where a roofer is blatantly and deliberately using illegal workers and paying cash/under the table you should report them to the authorities. If your state is rampant with this problem then you should lobby your congressman and state legislature to clean things up so that you can compete legally.

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