Employer tax fraud

Businesses that do not register with the state and pay their fair share of taxes gain an unfair competitive advantage over other businesses because their operating costs are lower. Not only is this unfair to honest businesses, it is unfair to workers who are denied the safety net of unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs.  

Note: If you believe someone has applied for unemployment benefits using your information, that's a crime! Report it on the Unemployment benefits fraud page.


Report tax cheaters
You can help level the playing field for business and workers by reporting businesses that you suspect have not registered with the state. Complete our on-line suspected fraud report form, call your tax account management center, or send us an e-mail.

Please provide us with as much of the following information as you can:

  1. Business name
  2. Business address
  3. Business phone number
  4. Business owner’s name
  5. Nature of business
  6. Number of employees
  7. Other locations the business may be operating
  8. Your contact information*

*You may choose to remain anonymous. If you give us your contact information, we will attempt to keep it confidential. However, your information could be released if the case is appealed. 


Fraud investigation unit
Main number: 360-902-9450
email: undergroundeconomy@esd.wa.gov
P.O. Box 9046
Olympia, WA 98507-9046


Report identity theft
To report the use of your social security number without your knowledge (to work or claim unemployment benefits) -- call toll-free 800-246-9763.


Report other types of fraud
For more information, go to suspectfraud.com, set up by the Department of Revenue, in cooperation with the Department of Labor & Industries and other state agencies to provide consumer fraud information.