Hourly pay question

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old timer in White Plains, New York

48 months ago

Bill in Long Branch
I have worked in this industry for over thirty years. If you are only making 5% in tips, then you should be searching for another job. As for the waitress with the zero paycheck, she still has her tips...WHY CAN'T YOU GRASP THIS CONCEPT!!!!!!! Her hourly wage total went toward the taxes she owed on her tips. Tips are no longer "free"....

Bill in Long Branch, New Jersey

48 months ago

Understood- I was merely pointing out that that the 150 a night is NOT NORMAL where I am working, not to mention that bussers are making 2% while waiters get 5%. Your original comment made it seem like we make a lot, we dont. Thats the concept I was grasping. Maybe you need to understand what you are reading.

old timer in White Plains, New York

48 months ago

you need to invest your energy in a better restaurant.

SHARI in Worcester, Massachusetts

48 months ago

SEAN DO YOU STILLL WORK AT RED ROBIN I AM FROM YOUR AREA AND I NEED TO GET A JOB IF I COULD MAKE THAT KIND OF MONEY THERE I WOULD CONSIDER GOING BACK INTO THE BUSINESS BAD BACK AN ALL IF YOU COULD EMAIL ME AT LOFTYKIDSCLOTHING@GMAIL.COM AND IF SO COULD YOU LET ME KNOW IF THERE LOOKING FOR ANY HELP THERE IS ALSO ONE THAT WOULD BE CLOSER TO ME IN MILBUTY PLEASE LET ME KNOW

SHARI in Worcester, Massachusetts

48 months ago

old timer in White Plains, New York said: If you do not want to work in a job that involves alcohol, then stay out of the restaurant business. Get a job as an au pair. However, working in a restaurant is an excellent way to make fast cash.

I THOUGHT YOU ONLY MAKE FIVE DOLLARS ON EVERY HUNDRED I DONT CALL THAT FAST CASH

lyndser14 in Middleton, Wisconsin

47 months ago

rjones1963 in east peoria, Illinois said: last time i checked the min. wage is over $5.60 an hr. if your boss is going by the book (taxes etc.) he is under paying you,i would check with the dept. of labor.

That doesn't apply to "taxed professions" In WI the minimum wage for waitresses is now 3.15...it was 2.33 when I first started waitressing

Caroline in Irmo, South Carolina

46 months ago

Okay so I work at an oriental restaurant. I am a waitress and I just started, and its a little weird here. My hourly wage is $7.24(i dont remember exactly. its minimum wage) which is unusual. Then secondly we do not get any tips..at all. Is this llegal??

757 in Saint Charles, Missouri

46 months ago

rman24 in Benton, Illinois said: where do you people work that you're making $150 a shift? I work at Applebees and typically make 50-60 on a long day shift, and 70-110 on a close night shift Help!!

I work at Casino in St.Charles Missouri. Waitress make 100 to 200.00 per shift.
I am a bar back I make 100.00 to 150.00 per shift. On a slow day the lowest I have
ever made is 80.00 per shift. That is just in tips. My hourly wage is also 7.25 an hour.
I make about 500 to 600 dollars per shift. As another poster said you should try places in a hotel or a more upscale establishment that pays a higher hourly wage and also where you would make more tips. But i understand people have to start somewhere and build experience.
I started in a place kind of like Applebees as well. Good luck.

marolano87 in Phoenix, Arizona

46 months ago

rman in East Saint Louis, Illinois said: k

I get paid 4.15 hour, plus tips and make(in season) about 250-300 a night in Arizona, but at the end of the year I always owe taxes because my hourly does not cover my tips

James Thorne in Hughes Springs, Texas

46 months ago

samantha in Pendleton, Oregon said: isnt that illeagal to only get paid that much? where im from your boss would get like arrested for under paying you. $8 an hour and tips are not taxed. i make like $500-$600 every 2 weeks.

with the US economy as bad as it is they are finding anyway possilbe to tax You... I work at sonic as a carhop while going to school... They are taxing the Heck out of my tips three times once on the check then at the end of the year and on my financial aid ... But i have question also Carhops really dont make that much in tips so most are still paid the minimum wage or up.. depending on location I just dont understand they say that would should make a certain amount in tips Say if i take out 500 dollars they say i should have so many tips and if i dont make that they add it to the paper anyways... Is that Legal?

xXDevilsGuardianXx in Germantown, Maryland

45 months ago

rman24 in Benton, Illinois said: where do you people work that you're making $150 a shift? I work at Applebees and typically make 50-60 on a long day shift, and 70-110 on a close night shift Help!!

i need help as well. u sed that u work at Applebees. im planning on working there too. i have few questions if u dont mind answering.

1)how was the onterview process? what kind of questions did they ask you?
2) is waitressing easy at first?
3)do you like the job?

and also i think the amount of tips u earn all depends on how well u treat and serve the guests. everyone gets tipped differently. So maybe try to improve the way you serve, be more positive, act like you really love it there (lol) and you can go on this website to help you out serving.
maybe after reading this, and tweetn up abit you will get tipped more XD

visit this link:

www.make-better-tips.com/waiter-waitress-tips.php

xXDevilsGuardianXx in Germantown, Maryland

45 months ago

rman24 in Benton, Illinois said: where do you people work that you're making $150 a shift? I work at Applebees and typically make 50-60 on a long day shift, and 70-110 on a close night shift Help!!

interview******* not onterview ^.^""

xXDevilsGuardianXx in Germantown, Maryland

45 months ago

interview*** not onterview ^.^''

Wpserver in Winter Park, Florida

45 months ago

Ok,
Or Gm is using server's tips to pay a server(THAT IS NOT WORKING AS A SERVER) as a temporary manager with the servers tips. Is that against the law? To use servers' tips to pay hourly employees? Instead of paying out of company's pocket????

Quack in Golden, Colorado

45 months ago

Wild Orchid in Orlando, Florida said: Wow! I didn't know waitresses/waiters had it so bad! It does seem like it's a lot of work for little pay.

Give me a break! Even with the small hourly wage, if a server works 4 to 6 to 8 hours, sometimes they can average $25/hour with credit card and cash tips.

Don't cry...servers can make a good wage.

Really in Williamson, West Virginia

45 months ago

So obviously you have never been a server... Because if you have been, you would know that while some days this may be the case... Have you stopped to smell the dead economy?.. That's right everyone is broke! So ya know what that means?!?!? if you guessed right you would have said: Everyone is broke so that means less customers and the customers you do have are broke tooo... so crappy tips. And I want you to think of this while your making your smart lil comments... At the establishment where I work, it is set up so that the total at every table you have is automatically put into payroll that you earned a 7% tip... and then that amount is added to your check every time... So if you have a sh*ty day and only make 2% in tips that day... your gettin skrewed because your still getting taxed on at the extra extra % you never received ... So yeah you might be able to make it like crazy...

UnKnown in Winter Park, Florida

45 months ago

Nono in Newark, Delaware said: no they can't. but you should comfront them if you ever have any questions about your pay check and tip claims. there really needs to be an orgaization just for tipped/more specifically restaurant tipped employees for this kind of inquiry. Most people just aren't sure of what their legal rights are and the employers much too often take advantage, knowing this which in some cases reflect on those employees who are hired. If anyone knows of any such organization, please let us know. Thanks in advance!

I am currently claiming between 100-150 a tips a night. It never occurred to me to ever check my paystub for anything unusual. When I finally did I noticed that how much I have made was not right. So i started keeping my clock in/out stubs with my tips claimed. I have collected two weeks worth. I have discovered that my 100-150 tips claimed per night have been changed to 10dollars per night. On my last pay stub it said "tips claimed, 130.00. I have evidence showing that i actually made 975.00 in tips. What should I do? Is what my employer doing even legal? Please help!

CC in Fort George G Meade, Maryland

45 months ago

rjones1963 in east peoria, Illinois said: last time i checked the min. wage is over $5.60 an hr. if your boss is going by the book (taxes etc.) he is under paying you,i would check with the dept. of labor.

What rock did you crawl out from under?

susan in Glenside, Pennsylvania

44 months ago

Crazy_one in San Antonio, Texas said: I too have started working as a waitress and I have a lot of questions. How can I post a question so people can help me answer them?

I'm having the same problem, I had $120 taken out for only 26hrs. and I only made $63 in tips, thats credit only. Theres something wrong! I've waitressed all my life and never had paychecks like this. I was told between your hours and something else it's suppose to come out to be minimum wage. I'll get back to u when I find out exactly. It's not right!

George in Las Vegas, Nevada

44 months ago

Federal laws state that in order for an employer to avoid paying his tipped employees $7.25 an hour, all tips received by the employee must be retained by the employee. Here's a link.
29 USC section 203(m) law.onecle.com/uscode/29/203.html

Here is a question for you all.

If an employee is receiving $5.12 an hour in tips and his employer is lowering his houlry wages from $7.25 to $2.13, is the employee retaining all his tips?

For those of you who are being paid less than $7.25 an hour, are you really retaining all your tips? Imagine what would happen if you only received $5.13 an hour in tips.

The truth of the matter ism your employer is using a part of your tips to pay you minimum wage. Under federal law, your employer is required to pay you $7.25 an hour, howeverm he can allegedly use up to $5.13 of your tips to pay you that $7.25 an hour.

Here's the kicker. In order for your employer to use your tips to bring your hourly wages up to $7.25 an hour, federal laws state that your employer must allow you to retain all the tips you have received.

How can an employee retain all the tips he has received when his employer is using $5.12 an hour of those tips to pay your minimum wage? Isn't the employer retaining your tips so that he can use them, instead of his own moneym to pay your minimum wage?

server in White Plains, New York

44 months ago

get over it George

George in Las Vegas, Nevada

44 months ago

Reply to Server in White Plains New York.

Would you get over it if I came out to New York and robbed you?

I am so sick of people downplaying what's going on with tips.

American citizens are being robbed of the tips they have been given and people want us to get over it.

Shove it where the sun doesn't shine, sever in White Plains.

It's attitudes like your's that keep the thieves going.

Bill in Galveston, Texas

44 months ago

George in Las Vegas, Nevada said: 10 to 15 percent just doesn't cut it when employers are indirectly taking as much as $5.13 an hour in tips through the federal tip credit and when employers are forcing many workers to give up as much as $50 a day in tip-out to others workers through employer required tip pooling.

This is the God's honest truth and it will never go away......

I hope everyone realizes that owners of restaurants have to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on the tip income. A restaurant not only sells food but also a service, that guests are being served food. If I was a salesperson and got a 15% commission on the amount of good sold then their employer would have to pay for that salesperson's commission income. If the salesperson wants more money they they work harder to make sales. Most salespeople work as contract labor so in fact they have to pay 100% of their social security and medicare taxes.

If there was no "tip credit" given by the federal government then the waitstaff would eventually have to pay 100% of their social security and medicare taxes. As the employer allows the person to work in their business they deserve a cut of all the money that is exchanged within that business.

Bill in Galveston, Texas

44 months ago

UnKnown in Winter Park, Florida said: I am currently claiming between 100-150 a tips a night. It never occurred to me to ever check my paystub for anything unusual. When I finally did I noticed that how much I have made was not right. So i started keeping my clock in/out stubs with my tips claimed. I have collected two weeks worth. I have discovered that my 100-150 tips claimed per night have been changed to 10dollars per night. On my last pay stub it said "tips claimed, 130.00. I have evidence showing that i actually made 975.00 in tips. What should I do? Is what my employer doing even legal? Please help!

You said you made $975 in tips but your employer reported you made $130 in tips. Your employer reports that $130 in tips so they can pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on that income. You should tell them "thank you" for paying half of your Social Security and Medicare taxes. This probably brings your employer up to minimum wage for paying your SS and Medicare taxes. By law you have to report more than $20 in tip income per month to your employer so they can report that to the IRS.

For tax day you are legally required to claim that remaining $845 income to the federal government. Form 4137 is used to calculate the Social Security and Medicare Tax on your unreported tips.

Bill in Galveston, Texas

44 months ago

George in Las Vegas, Nevada said: ... the Fair Labor Standards Act only protects a worker's tips when the employer is indirectly stealing part of the worker's tips through a tip credit. If an employer is prevented by state laws from taking a tip credit, or, if an employer chooses not to take a tip credit, then there are no laws that prohibits an employer from taking his worker's tips.

Which is a good thing. If I invested in a business that sells a service I would want to expect to make a profit off of my investment. I hire people to do that service and they expect to make an income from that labor, especially inside my private property. If I pay an employee minimum wage (which should be a living wage) and a customer tipped that employee for doing a good service then I would expect that employee to give me that money. That money from the employee occurred in my business and that money was given for a service that I employ the employee $7.50/ hour to do. Now if I employ someone to do a service at $7.50/ hour and tell them they can keep any tips then great, I own the business and I can do whatever I want.

The reason why there is pooling of tips to other people like bartenders or bus boys is that most customers don't interact with these people. Most interactions occur with the waitperson with their job as the cashier. Any tip is being tipped to that restaurant and not to the individual person.

susan in Glenside, Pennsylvania

44 months ago

My imployer takes out my tips, he takes out more than what i make. If he takes out less, more tips are taken out where it says auto tips. In the summer we were so slow I made $24 on a fri night! If I'm not making the tips, shouldn't I recieve a bigger pay check? And shouldnt I be claiming my tips?

George in Las Vegas, Nevada

44 months ago

So Bill, when I tip a taxi cab driver, am I really tipping the owner of the taxi cab company?

How about when I tip a haircutter. Am I tipping the owner of the hair salon?

The question I would really like you to answer is, what right do you have to say who I, the customer, is tipping.

Bill. restaurant owners want to think that the tips belong to them and yet they are getting some of the cheapest labor in this country by promising their employees the ability to accept tips.

Why are waiters and waitresses working for $2.13 an hour? Don't you think that they are expecting to be able to keep the tips for themselves?

Do you think they just want to work for subminimum wage only?

Bill you stated, "Any tip is being tipped to that restaurant and not to the individual person". Do you have proof Bill? As a customer who tips on a regular basis, I am telling you, you are being ridiculous. I do not tip the restaurant. I tip whomever I choose to tip. Bill the money you earn from your restaurant is your's. By the same token, the money I tip people, is mine. Don't tell me who I am tipping.

Federal regulations state, "A tip is a sum presented by a customer, NOT, a sum employers either present their workers or keep as their own.

How dare to act as if tips are something you give. You may own your business, but you don't own your customer's private property

George in Las Vegas, Nevada

44 months ago

Bill in Galveston, Texas said: I hope everyone realizes that owners of restaurants have to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on the tip income.

I hope everyone realizes that restaurants can write off the money they pay out for Social Security and Medicare taxes on tip income.

According to what I've found out, restaurant owners can write off the money they pay in on their employees Social Security and Medicare.

Tax paid on employee tips. Restaurants can claim a tax credit equal to the Social Security and Medicare taxes paid on tips that exceed the portion of tips treated as part of the servers' minimum wage.

Read www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2007/01/businesstaxopedia.html#ixzz1ZqJBUvxP

It sounds to me like restaurants are double dipping. What a surprise. Thanks for tipping me off Bill.

George in Las Vegas, Nevada

44 months ago

Bill in Galveston, Texas said: I hope everyone realizes that owners of restaurants have to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on the tip income.

This is the excuse that the National Restaurant Association used to get Congress to pass the federal tip credit.

This is why restaurant owners think that they shouldn't have to pay their workers a full minimum wage like all other businesses pay.

Restaurant owners want us to believe that customer tipping is a financial burden to them. Because customers are tipping, the restaurant has to pay in more in Social Security taxes.

The truth of the matter is, customers tipping is saving restaurants a lot of money. Think about it. The average worker in America earns a lot more that $2.13 an hour. In fact, the average worker earns more than minimum wage. If customers were not tipping, don't you think servers would be earning as much as a Walmart worker. That's over $100 a day.

While restaurant owners want us to beleive that customer tipping is hurting them financially, the truth of the matter is, restaurant owners are making out like bandits from customer tipping. Literally.

Think about it. If customers tipping was really hurting restaurants financially, wouldn't they, couldn't they, simply put out no tipping signs?

ems007 in Front Royal, Virginia

44 months ago

I've been with this restaurant since it opened wich has been about 5/6mnths, now they want to start taxing our cash and credit tips and making us report EVERYTHING in a little book to make sure we tip out the bus and bar correctly and that percentage may change w/o future notice til that day. My understanding is that they can tax up to min. wage wich is roughly 7-7.50hr, but I thought I did not have to claim my cash just my credit so if I don't have to claim my cash and only credit shouldn't they only be able to tax my credit tips not both and does this tax come off my paycheck or what? I've been through so much with this place I'm beginning to think they are taking advantage of me or blowing smoke up my ass.

ems007 in Front Royal, Virginia

44 months ago

Please help me understand this if possible I live in VA..

Diandra Knapper in Fargo, North Dakota

43 months ago

rjones1963 in east peoria, Illinois said: last time i checked the min. wage is over $5.60 an hr. if your boss is going by the book (taxes etc.) he is under paying you,i would check with the dept. of labor.

I would have to say that the min. wage of $5.60 is for retail... waiting on people is a different story under the books.

Teresa Stephens in Gatesville, Texas

43 months ago

Waitressing Newbie in Bluffton, South Carolina said: Hi there.

I'm new to waitressing ... I've only been at it for about a month so far.

Here's my question: I get paid $2.19 hourly, plus tips, which are usually between $50 and $100 per shift. My last paycheck was for only $23 for two weeks worth of base salary work (74 hours). $139 was taken out in taxes.

Does this sound normal? I guess I'm being taxed on both my tips and hourly pay ... it just seems like such a small amount a lot of work.

Thanks so much for your help!

I was a waitress for 2 years and I worked for 2.35. Taxes were took out on my hourly wage but not my tips. Thats only because our boss or made us claim so much on what we made. Tip: DON'T REPORT ALL WHAT YOU MAKE IN THAT DAY OR WEEK! Hopefully that will help ya. It's bad enough you work your #%% off for so little.

ems007 in Front Royal, Virginia

43 months ago

okay so got my first paycheck since they started taxing us and it reads **VOID** in the box. I look at my stub and it reads REGULAR- 46.37 at 2.50 totals 115.93 TIPS 769.00 in cash and credit, together 769+115.93= 884.93 then taxes took my whole pay check FED. 43.88 MED. 12.83 SOC SEC. 37.17 VA. 22.05 toatoling to 115.93 exactly what my paycheck is. I didn't make 769 in credit tips alone thats cash included too, I thought if they were doing it by the books they could only total up my credit tips, not both together. I'm just trying to understand this whole thing, thanks.

server in White Plains, New York

43 months ago

All tips are taxed

susan in Glenside, Pennsylvania

43 months ago

Waitressing Newbie in Bluffton, South Carolina said: Hi there.

I'm new to waitressing ... I've only been at it for about a month so far.

Here's my question: I get paid $2.19 hourly, plus tips, which are usually between $50 and $100 per shift. My last paycheck was for only $23 for two weeks worth of base salary work (74 hours). $139 was taken out in taxes.

Does this sound normal? I guess I'm being taxed on both my tips and hourly pay ... it just seems like such a small amount a lot of work.

Thanks so much for your help!

theres something wrong there, u need to call the dept of labor! u are not making a whole lot in tips, u make the same as I do, my wkly check for only 30 hrs is around $70 take home, thats after tips and taxes taken out.

jess in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

43 months ago

I work as a waitress and i was wondering if i am getting paid 3.63 an hour and work for 6 hours and only make say 18 in tips do i still have to claim money i didnt make to make it all add up to minimum wage.

AlterEgoNicole in Baltimore, Maryland

43 months ago

hey im shocked! I never knew waitress were paid so little!!! makes me feel good knowing i tip them whenever possible!! Especially the hardworking ones****

emma in Trenton, Georgia

43 months ago

I am a waitress and we have to enter our tips into a computer at the end of each shift ( witch our manager has access to). I i'm sure she is going back and changing them. Which means im having to pay taxes on money i haven't made. Is this legal??? What do i do???

sheila48026 in New Baltimore, Michigan

43 months ago

emma in Trenton, Georgia said: I am a waitress and we have to enter our tips into a computer at the end of each shift ( witch our manager has access to). I i'm sure she is going back and changing them. Which means im having to pay taxes on money i haven't made. Is this legal??? What do i do???

Emma, you should be keeping track of your tips on a daily basis. Compare them to your paycheck to make sure they are correct. If they aren't correct, let the manager know that they need to correct. Also, make sure that you claim all of your tips ... cash and credit. Your manager may be adding your credit tips into your cash tips...so look at that too.

Psypris in Lawrenceville, Georgia

42 months ago

I'm new to the restaurant business & I have a question that isn't an issue yet, but will be in about a month:

I am a hostess at $8, and my manager said he wants to train me to be a waitress. He told all of his employees he wants everyone to know how to do every job (cocktail, hosting, serving, to-go, catering, delivery etc) - I'm excited about this because the reason I wanted the job was to take a break from retail and try something new.

However, last night I was working with two other hostesses (both of whom want to be a server as well) and they were talking about the wage - we're a new restaurant, so the night was slow and so the servers were really only making $2.13/hr (since we had no patrons). I was surprised by this because - again, I'm new to the business - I figured we'd all be paid the same, since we're all supposed to learn every aspect of the restaurant (I did know that servers would get $2/hr, but in my hiring interview, I was led to believe otherwise). The other hostesses said that no, when we become servers we'll be paid $2.13/hr + tips, but the nights we are hosting, we'll be making our $8/hr w/no tips.

Isn't this going to be an issue on our paychecks and later on our taxes? I just don't see how they can accurately fluctuate our wage from day to day within the same week....

I haven't discussed this issue with my managers yet, but I just wanted an outside opinion before I asked. I know there's nothing illegal about this, but I'm just not sure how I'll be paid what I'm owed and taxed only on what I earned....

calidude24 in Texarkana, Texas

40 months ago

i cant believe they are getting away with paying so little on the hourly. in cali it's $8.00 per hour plus tips. period. i feel bad for all those in the serving industry in the south. I always tip well.

Derek in Shreveport, Louisiana

40 months ago

Nono in Newark, Delaware said: no they can't. but you should comfront them if you ever have any questions about your pay check and tip claims. there really needs to be an orgaization just for tipped/more specifically restaurant tipped employees for this kind of inquiry. Most people just aren't sure of what their legal rights are and the employers much too often take advantage, knowing this which in some cases reflect on those employees who are hired. If anyone knows of any such organization, please let us know. Thanks in advance!

cAN YOUR EMPLOYER CLAIM YOUR TIPS FOR YOU IN LOUISIANA? THEY CLAIM 16% OF OUR SALES AND MAKE US TIP OUT (THE BARTENDERS) YES THE BAR TIP OUT 4% OF OUR SALES TO STAFF THAT DOESNT DO ANYTHING FOR US. IE, BUSSERS, HOST, TO GO, THEY DO NOTHING FOR THE BARTENDERS.

Lils in Brisbane, Australia

39 months ago

Woah It's that bad in the US?? Wow I've been a waiter for 4 years almost 5. In New Zealand minimum wage is 10.50, I got $14.50 after two years. Now I live in Australia and I get $20 an hour. Think you guys should come here to Australia or go to NZ. NZ may not be much but it's more than what you get there. And as for tips?? If you get tips in hand you keep it. If it goes to the company, they share between the staff that worked on that day/night shift. That's for both here in Australia and New Zealand.

sroy in Mcallen, Texas

39 months ago

Mary inTampa in Tampa, Florida said: Your boss is making a lot of money. $2.19 an hour, when minumum is now about $7.00, is quite low. When you claim your tips, claim about 70 percent of what you actually get.

The minimum tip wage varies from state to state, Texas minimum tip wage is 2.13 per hour. Some places do pay more according to experience. As for the advice on claiming only less on your tips ... You are screwing your boss.

sheila48026 in New Baltimore, Michigan

38 months ago

There is absolutely nothing wrong there. I'm a former payroll supervisor for a restaurant chain. If chefjk is getting paid biweekly and working a few more hours a week then susan then she's making more money. The more money you make, the higher the tax bracket you're in so more taxes come out. So susan, if you're making $300 for a 30 hour week, you're going to pay a lot less in taxes then chefjk. If chefjk works 74 hours in 2 weeks and makes $740 obviously its more for taxes. But you have to remember that you have that $300 or $740 already in your pocket. Additionally, by law, if your hourly wages and tips do not add up to minimum wage, your owner/manager is required to add a tip shortfall to your check in order to bring your wage up to minimum. However, this is not a good thing.
By not claiming 100% of your tips the following things could happen: disciplinary action can be taken and/or retraining may be necessary (due to the fact that your owner/manager will think that you're not doing a good job if you're not making enough tips!) or worst case scenario, you could be terminated ! Also, by NOT claiming 100% of your tips all the time you could have problems when applying for credit cards, car loans or a mortgage. (If you're only claiming 10% of your tips, a loan company may think that you're only making $30 dollars a week instead of $300 ... kiss that nicer car goodbye). Also, Social Security is based on your LIFETIME earnings. Back in the day when tips didn't have to be claimed, my mother's wages were only about $2 an hour ... now that she's eligible for social security, she only gets about $600 a month! So your social security amount will be a lot less also. Hope this helps !!!!!!

sheila48026 in New Baltimore, Michigan

38 months ago

sroy in Mcallen, Texas said: The minimum tip wage varies from state to state, Texas minimum tip wage is 2.13 per hour. Some places do pay more according to experience. As for the advice on claiming only less on your tips ... You are screwing your boss.

You're not really screwing your boss by claiming less tips unless you fall below minimum wage when your hourly wage is combined with your tips. And then when he makes up the difference on your paycheck, it should be listed in a "Tip Shortfall" category, not tips claimed. If that happens too often your boss may retrain you, write you up to reiterate the tip claiming policy of claiming 100% of tips, or terminate you. If you don't claim 100% of your tips all the time you're actually only screwing yourself. It will be harder to get credit cards, car loans, mortgages, etc. Additionally, your social security is based on your lifetime earnings, which includes tips! Back in the day when tips weren't required to be reported, my mom made $2 an hour ... now that she can collect social security, she only receives about $600 a month. Don't know too many people that can live on that!!! BTW ... I'm a former payroll supervisor for a restaurant chain, so I kind of know what I'm talking about :)

sheila48026 in New Baltimore, Michigan

38 months ago

ems007 in Front Royal, Virginia said: okay so got my first paycheck since they started taxing us and it reads **VOID** in the box. I look at my stub and it reads REGULAR- 46.37 at 2.50 totals 115.93 TIPS 769.00 in cash and credit, together 769+115.93= 884.93 then taxes took my whole pay check FED. 43.88 MED. 12.83 SOC SEC. 37.17 VA. 22.05 toatoling to 115.93 exactly what my paycheck is. I didn't make 769 in credit tips alone thats cash included too, I thought if they were doing it by the books they could only total up my credit tips, not both together. I'm just trying to understand this whole thing, thanks.

All tips are earned wages ... for the amount you made in tips, cash and credit, you probably owed more taxes then were taken out. But since your regular pay was only 115.93 that was all they had to take out. Since you are making great tips and you are obviously claiming 100% of your tips, I suggest maybe starting a savings account in case you have to pay taxes when you file. BTW...by claiming your tips 100% all the time, it benefits you by making it easier to obtain credit cards, car loans, mortgages etc. Additionally, Social Security is based on Lifetime earnings, so if you become disabled or when you do qualify for social security, your monthly amount will be a lot higher then it would be if you are claiming less than 100%. Hope this helped! Sincerely, Former Payroll Supervisor for a Restaurant chain !

sheila48026 in New Baltimore, Michigan

38 months ago

calidude24 in Texarkana, Texas said: i cant believe they are getting away with paying so little on the hourly. in cali it's $8.00 per hour plus tips. period. i feel bad for all those in the serving industry in the south. I always tip well.

There is a federal law minimum wage amount that all states must adhere to. However, in states that have a high cost of living, such as California, they can pass a state law that would increase the minimum wage. State law then supercedes the federal law.

pj03 in Federal Way, Washington

37 months ago

Tip credits are a way to ensure a server is indeed making the minimum federal wage per hour. It is not a bad thing for those paid two dollars an hour in a place that wont generate more then a 100.00 total gross sales during their shift - not my issue

A server at Applebees probably does half the work as a server at Waffle House and earns twice the tip. - Not the issue-

I understand and I am aware that federal law states that a tip becomes the sole property such as a gift when given to the erson it is intended for - HERE IS MY QUESTION.... Can a resturant force a server to keep their tips in a cup or jar - seperated, so it is still solely the servers - Off their persons, sometimes out of sight and easily accessible to other staff?
The server still leaves with their tips at the end of the shift, however they do not want them to have control of them until after the shift?
Sounds strange I know - I personally am against this concept, however this particular resturant franchise is making their staff unwillingly be seperated from their tips in order to help food cost? Employees have been written up and termination has been a serious threat for long term staff.
If a tip is considered a gift - how can someone tell you other then the person who gave it to you, when you may have access to it?

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