Level the Playing Field: Put California’s Underground Economy Out of Business


Report #226, March 2015


In this report, the Commission urges leaders to wage a stronger campaign against the underground economy to protect California businesses and workers.

During its review, the Commssion found the state loses an estimated $8.5 billion or more annually in tax revenue, while efforts to combat the underground economy are disjointed and under-resourced.

The Commission provides 15 recommendations to give competitive advantage to businesses that comply with state licensing and tax laws and pay their workers fairly.

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