Say I am self-employed and work through 'X' platform. The platform claims to only report and/or provide tax documentation if you meet a certain threshold. Given I do not reach this threshold and the company does not report anything, could that technically appear as if I have no earned income from the government's perspective? This is not about skipping taxes but just curiosity.
This is a fine line since this work is provided based on taxpayer identification/verification such as address, SSN, name and etc. This info is presumably for verification as a worker, but given the self-employed nature and the basic tax form filing pre-requisite like a W-8 form (I am not "foreign").
The 1099-K threshold guidelines also may apply here. If I were to make beneath the threshold for the end-platform I work through to consider or require reporting of my income, that would mean the company does not necessarily report my earnings, therefore I may appear as not having earned any money since the company would not notify my earnings exactly due to not reaching a required threshold in order to do so. I am wondering since I am also trying to work/arrange with some government-esque filing that wants to know about income statistics, and I don't know how this all should coincide. If the company I work through (not for) does not report my earnings, should I maybe approach the consideration differently than if the presumed authority already had the option to know? It's kind of unclear on how I should approach this in a non-tax specific obligation way regarding 1099-K and minimums -- and how I should specify given all of the ins and outs of obligation, taxes and end-reporting as a self-employed individual who is responsible for my assessment of taxes to start with.
If the company worked through does not report, should I approach the subject of earned income differently than if they did? I don't want to get stuck in limbo here between their reporting and mine.
Should some things be left unknown -- like they are invisible? Should I come forth with info that's not necessary from a filing perspective, even if that info can technically be incomplete?
I can't afford any lawyers, tax experts, or anything of that nature -- that is why I come here to get a better sense of what to do. Any ideas/tips regarding how I should approach government-associations?