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How much of my tips should i claim?

Asked by: megan 452 views YA Discussion

I live in California and just started serving and my restaurant said i should claim what i want. But i know i could get in trouble with my taxes if i don’t claim the right amount. I asked around at work and no one really gave me a clear answer. How much do i have to claim by law? And is that the recommended amount? I need help

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  1. coolman on Sep 04, 2012 Reply

    If its over $ 600 ten you have to claim it

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  2. Wayne Z on Sep 04, 2012 Reply

    By law, you must claim ALL of your tips.

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  3. Bostonian In MO on Sep 04, 2012 Reply

    You ALWAYS claim 100% of your tips.

    Servers and service industry employers are common audit bait. The ONLY way to survive one of those audits is to keep accurate records of all of your tips AND claim all of them.

    Ignore ANYONE who tells you otherwise.

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  4. chatsplas on Sep 04, 2012 Reply

    By law: ALL tips received
    It’s important because it counts towards wages earned and tax liability
    It’s important because if you become disabled or retire, then the quarters worked and income earned control bennnies
    Easier to be accurate, and report everything you earn, don’t have to remember what you reported, and know that YOU are fully complying with law

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  5. the kid on Sep 04, 2012 Reply

    If you want to abide by the law, 100% of them. The recommended and legally require damount is 100%.

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  6. StephenWeinstein on Sep 04, 2012 Reply

    You should claim all of them.

    By law, you must claim all of them.

    Most servers don’t. And it is not really recommended either, because the IRS is really bad at trying to tell how much your tips really were.

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  7. Judy on Sep 04, 2012 Reply

    You must claim ALL of them. Report them to your employer.

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  8. tro on Sep 04, 2012 Reply

    all of them

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