“Cash in hand” or “off the books” are phrases used to describe jobs where your employer pays you cash in hand.
While it might seem like a good deal to be paid cash so you don’t pay tax, you actually lose in the long run because your employer is avoiding paying you your superannuation and other entitlements, such as leave.
You can be paid in cash for work, but your employer must provide you with a detailed pay slip within one day of the end of the pay period.
Your employer must also provide you with a group certificate or payment summary at the end of the financial year, detailing your total income, and the total amount of tax they withheld for you.
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LAST UPDATED: April 2022