A person would have to get an IRS permit by January 1, 2017 in order to work for pay or other compensation:
1. at restaurants and other licensed food preparation establishments
2. at lodging establishments
3. as landscape workers, except those working on governmental highway contracts
4. as a construction/building tradesperson or construction or building site worker
5. at a residential dwelling or housing unit
6. at a designated or permitted construction site
7. at a garment making/tailoring establishment
A person would have to apply at an IRS or USCIS office, supply a birth certificate, government photo ID and their tax ID and have their photograph taken and eye scan made by December 1,2016. The registration fee would gradually rise from $20 to $100 to even the workload at the IRS.
People normally would download an Internet/smartphone work site logging application or use cell phone texting.
The following people would be exempt:
1. licensed surveyors doing surveying related work
2. licensed real estate agents and brokers doing their work, except for manual labor
3. licensed private security persons doing security work
4. persons employed/contracted/paid directly by a government, public law entity or government franchised utility
5. persons on the direct payroll of a homeowners association whose work isn’t manual or whose manual labor is solely on association owned property
6. persons clearly doing volunteer fire department work
7. landlords/landladies on their property if officially held with their name
Before a covered person could begin work for pay at any site for the first time, they would have to notify the IRS by cell phone or other means, directly or indirectly, of their tax ID and the address/location of the work site.
Failure to notify the IRS would:
1. void workman’s lien and other compensation legal protection for that site for the worker and, unless administratively decided otherwise, all others higher up in the economic chain
2. bar the right to get paid or retain payment for work at that site, for the worker, and up to 30 days or the construction contract period, unless administratively decided otherwise, for the worker’s employer and all others higher up in the economic chain
3. be punishable by a fine of up to $250/day/worker, for which the worker and all others higher up in the economic chain would be liable
For a person with a smartphone with GPS, the person would tap on an icon. The person would receive back an authorization code, which would be stored by the phone, and the phone would audibly give the location and display the person’s picture.
If the smartphone wasn’t GPS enabled, the person would have to tap on an icon to bring up a map to indicate their location/type in an address, scan a business-posted IRS location code, etc.
For people with a basic cell phone, they (or their boss) would text the IRS with the address of the work location and their tax ID(s). The IRS would text back a confirmation.
For people without a cell phone, another person with an Internet device would have to go to an IRS website after being themselves authorized and type in the other person’s tax ID (and select the work site if not just authorized). The phone would audibly give the location and display the IRS picture of the person with that tax ID.
If I wanted to check of my neighbor’s maid was IRS authorized, I could go to an IRS website and touch a map about where my neighbor’s house is.
A gallery of authorized people for the vicinity would pop-up along with their first names and the dates when they first began working on site. I would scan down until I found a picture of the person. If I didn’t find the person, I would call the IRS to get a reward payable by my neighbor.
The neighbor would (need to) protect herself by filing a new W-4 online and seeing her maid’s face on the IRS website.
If somebody in a restaurant needed extra cash, they would look for workers not on the IRS website shortly before payday and inform the local police. The finder and the police department would split the fines and pay due the unauthorized worker(s) 50/50.
[If I saw somebody at the house down the street that looked suspicious I could go to the IRS website and check if the suspicious person was IRS authorized to work there.]
[On a related note, in the future, people convicted of crimes might have to carry around a monitoring device, which might be a cell phone. This would have GPS tracking (and Bluetooth). It might play a short tune when leaving home or a site where the person has been at for more than two hours so the person knows it is still working. Police could always access data. The ordinary person could get via a website a total number of convicted persons in the vicinity of a residential or lodging location and the number of them lacking a security bond.]
[And people in the system might even be able to change their voting address. They might go to a Federal Elections Commission website and upload their authorization codes and type in their tax ID and new address, except in the twenty days prior to any federal election. At the voting site, poll workers could pull up their picture. A smartphone app might even prompt a person to register/register 35 days before an election.]
By say January 1, 2020, all covered people might be required to carry around GPS-based smart work loggers.