Income Tax Service
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Greensboro, NC 27409
February 05, 2015
What You Should Know if You Get Tipped at Work
If you get tips on the job, you should know some things about tips and taxes.
Here are a few tips to help you file and report your tip income correctly:
For more on this topic, see
Publication 531, Reporting Tip Income.
Show all tips on your return. You must report all tips you receive on your
federal tax return. This includes the value of tips that are not in cash.
Examples include items such as tickets, passes or other items.
All tips are taxable. You must pay tax on all tips you received during the
year. This includes tips directly from customers and tips added to credit
cards. It also includes your share of tips received under a tip-splitting
agreement with other employees.
Report tips to your employer. If you receive $20 or more in tips in any one
month, you must report your tips for that month to your employer. You should
only include cash, check and credit card tips you received. Do not report the
value of any noncash tips on this report. Your employer must withhold federal
income, Social Security and Medicare taxes on the reported tips.
Keep a daily log of tips. Use
Publication 1244, Employee's Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer, to record your tips.
This will help you report the correct amount of tips on your tax return.
Additional IRS Resources:
Tax Topic 761 - Tips – Withholding and Reporting.
Form 4137, Social Security and Medicare Tax on Unreported Tip Income. I strongly advise anyone who receives tips to read the instructions on the bottom of Page 1 and on Page 2 of Form 4137.
Tip Recordkeeping and Reporting