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A Call for Guidance: Tip Credit Uncertainty Burdens Vital NYC Restaurant Industry


By Kurt S. Kiess  |  March 11, 2015

Restaurant owners in New York City are left in the difficult position of interpreting the rules on the federal tip credit.  The New York City Department of Finance has not issued clear and definitive guidelines on how to treat the federal tip credit as it relates to New York City taxable income.  As a result, New York City restaurant owners may be paying tax on phantom income – not real income but rather paper income for which there is no cash to offset the tax burden.  The lack of clarity has created inconsistent reporting throughout the city, placing a burden on the New York City restaurant industry – an industry that is vital to the city’s economy.

This article, “A Call for Guidance:  Tip credit uncertainty burdens vital NYC restaurant industry”, was originally published in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, April 2015.