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The Ethics Coach on Cash Deals, Transparency and More

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This story appears in the January 2014 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Do you have an ethical dilemma? Write to The Ethics Coach at ethics@entrepreneur.com.

Q: A potential vendor says they'll give us a lower price if we pay cash--but they ask that we don't report the payment on a 1099. They are considerably cheaper than their competition, but this lack of accountability feels risky and unethical. What do you recommend?

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