Client: I want you to bill me for $50k, but I’ll only pay you the $1000 you quoted me.
Me: Why would I do that?!
Client: Then I can write it off on my taxes as a business expense.
Me: That’s fraud.
Client: No, no, then you can say that I paid you $50k, and nobody is the wiser.
Me: Except then, I’d end up paying a lot of bogus tax on income I didn’t receive.
Client: What if I threw in an extra $50, under the table? You can buy one of those new “i-droids” you kids like.