The “underground economy” is a term that refers to individuals and businesses who conceal or misrepresent their employee population to avoid one or more of their employer responsibilities related to wages, payroll taxes, insurance, licensing, safety, or other regulatory requirements. To submit an ANONYMOUS tip or complaint, or if you have questions, call 877-96-LABOR (877-965-2267).
The CUE serves the business owners and taxpayers of the Commonwealth, by engaging in coordinated enforcement actions and investigations between state and federal agencies. By pursuing tips and engaging in preventative outreach, the goal is to bring businesses into compliance with Massachusetts laws and tax requirements. The CUE is dedicated to the fair treatment of all Massachusetts workers and to creating a level playing field for all businesses based in or operating in our state.