do you claim your tips?
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Molly G

Newark, NY

#22 Nov 15, 2009
The IRS requires employees who receive tips to report ALL of their tips unless the employee makes less than $20.00 in any month. If employees don't report their tips, the employer is required by law to allocate tips. That means the employer will designate tip income to the employee based on gross sales of food and alcohol. Tips are income sometimes in the form of cash left on the table or given to an employee thru use of a credit card. That's the short version of tip income. Look up IRS Publication 531 for the facts. And don't b^tch out the IRS.....Congress made the laws regarding tip income.
The Head Is Best

New York, NY

#23 Nov 15, 2009
tipped out wrote:
since this was my 1st time doing this topix thing, I kind of treated it as an experiment to see the kinds of reactions to a topic. I just wanted to know who you all tip and who you dont...and do you think its fair if these people dont claim...I guess I just dont get it when people respond strictly to be mean... that just doesnt acomplish anything except generate negativity...so thanx for all the responses...BTW, Too bad....I'm a very generous tipper when I dine out, and when I get my hair cut...my ass is not cheap.
Do you claim the tip of my johnson when it's in your bunger??? ER Williams wants to know before he decides what type of club to open!
notdumb

Manlius, NY

#24 Nov 15, 2009
learnedtolate wrote:
<quoted text>you're going to look pretty dumb when you hit retirement age and get 200 dollars in social security benefits because you didn't claim your tips...to hell with the government,but do worry about yourself and claim the limit. you'll thank me later.
Thank you for your concern. I unlike most tipped employees have invested my money in several IRA's, have a 401k and a credit score of 805. I have bought 2 houses and my income had nothing to do with it. I saved my money and put 20% down. And no they were not in Cornhill. Or in NY for that matter. All I still want to know to tipped out is how, when you go to a restaurant, bar, ect. are you going to know who claims and who doesn't. What business is it of yours or anyone elses for that matter?
Tip Oneil

Oneida, NY

#25 Nov 15, 2009
I tip most of my servers cash so they are free to do what they want with it. If they report it, good if not i could care less. If you want your server to declare it, pay with a credit card and fill it out accordingly. I worked as a delivery driver for over 10 years and I declared only a fraction of the tips I actually received. I'm a firm believer in "the more $$$ the govt collects, the more they will spend". I was actually putting a cap on their spending by doing this and don't feel bad about it. Much better in my hands than theirs. Besides, chances are I will spend the undeclared tips so that helps keep the economy moving so we all benefit eventually.Just think about the all the jobs the illegal drug trade creates. Same thing.
Step Up or Sit Down

Watertown, NY

#26 Nov 15, 2009
I usually double the tax for the tip amount. I almost always tip a waiter/waitress unless their services was not good.

I agree with the posters above, you should claim all of your tips because in the long run it will hurt you if you don't.
honest opinion

Manlius, NY

#27 Nov 16, 2009
This is what I dont understand. Most people in the mohawk valley make around 25000 to 40000 dollars. I may be off some but why should someone who just brings you a dish of food make more than the average person. And I mean way more. I would rather give the tip to the cook who made the good tasting dish of food.He earned it by creating a tasty dish of food. The waitresses or waiters expect a tip. That really irritates me and thats why I usually go somewhere where I am not expected to tip.I take out ,or pizza it or chinese it.Screw the money hungry waiters.Then they dont even pay taxes on the total tips and get away with it.The money making restaurant owners should pay them more money and tips should be a no no.
tipped out

Fayetteville, NY

#28 Nov 17, 2009
unfortunately the tip system has been in place for quite some time, and to change it to strictly a wage system would be near to impossible. As far as claiming, this is my whole issue...my employer requires me to claim 14% of my daily sales...for instance, if my sales are 1000.00 per shift, 5 days a week for a 2 week pay period, thats 10,000.00 multiplied by 14% thats 1400.00 plus my hourly wage of 6.50 an hour multplied by an average work week of 32 hours, thats 64 for 2 weeks times 6.50 is 416.00 added to the 1400.00 is 1816.00 this is the figure that my deductions are based on. I actually only have 416 dollars to work with for deductions...but its based on the 1816 dollar figure. first comes my 401k, then my health insurance, my fica, LT disability...by the time it comes for taxes, theres nothing left...therefore I pay thosands out of my pocket throughout the year to pay for my income taxes. In fact there are nights when I claim more than I actually make...and while that doesnt happen that often, its a bit irksome when I'm paying income tax on money I'm not making. BTW, if you ate in my section at my restaurant you'd be treated like a king....but you dont really think I'd be that crazy to tell some of you angry people where I work...Its somewhere at turning stone...(that should create a whole new topic to argue about)
mmmmmmmmm

Rome, NY

#29 Nov 17, 2009
tipped out wrote:
We live in a world of tipping, cash rewards holiday tips... who do you tip and who do you not tip. I wait tables for a living and am required to claim just about everything I make, which results in a 0.00 or "void" paycheck. My deductions are based on what I claim, so I usually do not even have my taxes taken out. My issue is this: Do all you people who earn a wage and then receive tips claim those tips as income? Probably not. Until all of you claim that money as income, I personaly will never tip anyone, except those that I know do claim their tips.... OK, discuss...and take it easy on me...I'm new here.
You have to claim at portion especially if you are receiving the hostess/waitress wage which is a dollar below minimun wage. I wouldn't claim every penny but it does need to be reported.
tip guru

Galeton, PA

#30 Nov 17, 2009
honest opinion wrote:
This is what I dont understand. Most people in the mohawk valley make around 25000 to 40000 dollars. I may be off some but why should someone who just brings you a dish of food make more than the average person. And I mean way more. I would rather give the tip to the cook who made the good tasting dish of food.He earned it by creating a tasty dish of food. The waitresses or waiters expect a tip. That really irritates me and thats why I usually go somewhere where I am not expected to tip.I take out ,or pizza it or chinese it.Screw the money hungry waiters.Then they dont even pay taxes on the total tips and get away with it.The money making restaurant owners should pay them more money and tips should be a no no.
I have two words for you STAY HOME. We are not in Europe, this is America and this is the system that we work with. You think that you have bad service now, if the restaurant paid a straight wage you would get no "service" because the server gets paid either way. It takes skill to properly serve tables professionally, not everyone can do it and most around here can't, there are a few though. Serving is a job and if you are good at it you should be awarded the fruits of your labor. It is more than just bringing you what you ordered. You have to multitask, know your guests, have common sense and knowledge about what you are serving and know wine pairing as well as proper service standards + you have to be able to put up with a putz like you who are ignorant to all those facts
jjj

Saranac Lake, NY

#31 Nov 17, 2009
julie wrote:
Smarten' Up, what about the issue of SS Disability if it's needed? Ones income counting when it comes to needing a loan? You've skipped over too much.
julie are you still bartending at tiny"s bar and grill in utica???ha ha ha!!!!
Get to work

Watertown, NY

#32 Nov 17, 2009
Hmm... I know at least one of you should be working on your roof and not dicking on Topix.
julie

Canastota, NY

#33 Nov 17, 2009
Uh, I never did. Why? Is there a "Julie" there?
eee

Groton, NY

#34 Dec 26, 2013
To see people on here saying they don't tip or believe bartenders or waitress/ waiters should be tipped is amazing!!! I worked doing home health care for 7 years, busting my ass taking care of the elderly and/or handicapped ...paid bi-weekly,raped in taxes n was barely making enough to live and support my family. I recently switched my career to waitress and bartender and must say its even tougher...on your feet running around busting your ass n keeping a smile on your face no matter what! MOST bartenders work extremely hard and DESERVE YOUR TIPS our paychecks are shit and we live off our tips!!!!

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