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Catherine Haskins’ dissertation receives national attention

Catherine Haskins’ (2010 PhD) dissertation, “Household Employer Payroll Tax Evasion: An Exploration Based on IRS Data and on Interviews with Employers and Domestic Workers” has recently received national attention.  Haskins finds that nanny tax evasion is on the rise, leading to both budgetary and societal concerns.  In last 15 years, the number of households paying the 15.3% tax (which is withheld for Medicare and Social Security) has decreased by more than half.  Just as concerning, workers who are paid under-the-table are not eligible for unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, or access to Social Security and Medicare.  (New York Times, 8/30/10; NPR, 8/19/10; Johnston’s Take 8/16/10)