When I was a bit younger, I spent about a year doing on-call IT work for a local family-owned insurance re-seller in my town.
It involved a lot of server / desktop administration, managing their network, etc.
This is experience I consider relevant to other work that I'll be doing in the future.
However, they paid me in cash and I was never provided with a 1099.
At the time, I was young and didn't really know whether it was a big deal to work like this, but now that I'm older I realize that I really should have filed a tax return on that work and received some sort of documentation.
This was within the past 7 years, and a position I'm currently applying to asked me to include any/all work experience over the last 7 years, so I wrote it down, and put down the name / number of the owner of the company as my reference, as we're still on good terms and he could verify that I was indeed working for them for that period.
When the employment verification contacted them, they stated they didn't keep records for their independent contractor employees, but did say that I was working for them for that time.
The employment verification company then called me to ask about it, to see if I had a 1099 or any documentation that confirmed the dates I was working for them, but I do not.
I explained to them that I was paid cash and don't have any documentation of the work performed or dates, as the owner was a family friend and they'd just paid me in cash on an on-call basis for work performed.
After telling them this, they very quickly responded with "OK", said that was all they needed, and quickly ended the call.
I'm confused about whether or not this hurts my prospects with the company that I've been applying for; I'm not sure whether or not being unable to provide documentation for a position you've listed in your experience is considered 'failing' an employment verification or background check.
My question is would this generally have a negative impact on my chances of receiving a job I'd applied to?
If so, an explanation of how / why would be great for future reference.