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Many Fisherman Paid Cash, Lack Documentation for Lost Wages

BAYOU LA BATRE, Alabama - Thousands of Gulf Coast fishermen are having trouble getting reimbursed for lost wages. Many of them were paid in cash for years--under the table and away from the scrutiny of the IRS.

Now the tragedy of the oil spill is being made worse by the fact that they do not have the documentation BP requires for them to make claims against the company for lost wages.

It is especially true among the Asian community in towns like Bayou La Batre. The organization Boat People SOS says it is doing all it can to help. BP has agreed to allow affidavits from vessel captains in lieu of tax returns and W-2's as evidence of a fisherman's income. However, boat captains would essentially be signing a document admitting to evading taxes--not something many are prone to do.

Not sure where I stand on this one......would love to hear yall opinions....

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momof030404

Asked by momof030404 at 7:25 PM on Jul. 7, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • momof030404

    Comment by momof030404 (original poster) at 7:25 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • The pay should be on previous years tax statements.

    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 7:29 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I dont think they were PAYING taxes.....
    momof030404

    Comment by momof030404 (original poster) at 7:30 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • Sorry, but If they weren't paying income taxes, then they already got their money!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:39 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • It's a tough one, but if you work under the table, eventually it's going to come back and bite you.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 7:41 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • BAYOU LA BATRE, Alabama - Thousands of Gulf Coast fishermen are having trouble getting reimbursed for lost wages. Many of them were paid in cash for years--under the table and away from the scrutiny of the IRS.


    This is a RISK you assume when you dodge paying taxes

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:42 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I hate to agree, but it's true. You skirt the law...

    Y'all better go eat some shrimp now. Costs are about to go through the roof.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 7:52 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • This is a RISK you assume when you dodge paying taxes


    That's what I was thinking it's just SUCH a double edged sword! Ya know! These people arent making a ton of money to start with. Now the ONLY livelihood they have known for GENERATIONS is GONE in moments. And like the article says the vast majority of these people are Asian immigrants who barely speak English! They are screwed like 3 times OVER!

    momof030404

    Comment by momof030404 (original poster) at 7:53 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I'm split, but leaning toward saying "that's what happens" when you don't do your civic duty and pay your taxes. It sucks for them and their families but they should have been doing the right thing from the beginning.

    Hopefully they will learn from this.
    Xynyth

    Answer by Xynyth at 8:11 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

  • I agree with the everyone else. It's going to be a hard road for them, but one they ultimately chose. This seems like the proverbial 'wear clean underwear in case you have an accident'. If they had been doing things the LEGAL way, they wouldn't have as much to worry about.


    Not risking being a hypocrite, but if you are going to come down on illegal immigrants for not paying their share of taxes, you have to treat this group of people the same way.  I wonder if any of them are illegal? 

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 8:22 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

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