I just posted a question about breaks, but I also have a question about claiming tips in the restuarant industry. As a server I am required to claim every penny I earn. The restuarant I am working for has the wierdest tip claiming system I have ever seen. Follow along as much as you can cause this is confusing.
So I make $200 in sales, the tips that are reported on credit cards is $10. My cash tips are $5. I have altogether made $15. It was a bad day for me. This store MAKES us tip out 3% of our sales. This means $6 goes to my bartender/host/expo. I am at $9. I am going to walk out the store with only $9. This is not even 8%. I have lost money by tipping out. This is hardly the problem. The problem is this: Before i can go, the computer makes me claim all my tips. If I put in $9...what I made and what I am going home with, the computer will not allow me to leave. It makes me claim $20. This is 10% of my sales. So here I just lost $11. This money I am being taxed on. Not even jsut me. The people who are recieving part of my tip out also have to claim the same dollar. So uncle sam is making more money from my same dollar by taxing all four of us on it. Does this make sense? If it does is it leagal to make me claim money that I am not getting at the end of the day? Please help me. I have no idea about laws on tips.