A while back, I wrote an article about tax auditors not knowing your business. In today’s post, we will look at the CRA’s appeal department’s knowledge of the restaurant business. I wish I could say that Appeals Officers are better equipped to deal with restaurant tax audit issues, but I can’t. Continue reading “CRA Appeals Officers Don’t Know Your Business”
A little while back, I was the main source for an article in a Globe and Mail about the taxation of tips in Canada. I’ve written about taxing tips before, here and here. In this post, I’ll give an update and discuss two problem areas that most restaurateurs need to know about. Continue reading “More on the Taxation of Tips”
It was kind of fun trying to come up with a decent headline for today’s article. Tips are in the news a lot, lately. Servers, and others who receive tips, don’t like handing out a portion of their tips to other co-workers and especially not to the “house” (management). Now, we find that they don’t like “tipping out” to the big house, either! It’s not like we didn’t know this, but apparently, the CRA is just starting to take notice!
A few months ago, Dining Date Night began offering customers a 30% discount at various restaurants in Toronto. In order to get the discount, a customer books a reservation on a website and pays a $10 fee to Dining Date Night. When the customer visits the restaurant, 30% of the total bill (before taxes) is deducted as a discount. This type of promotion is relatively good for both the consumer and the restaurant that provides the discount, because the restaurant can restrict the hours when reservations may be taken.
If your restaurant pools or shares tips, charges automatic gratuities, or receives a tip-out “to the house”, this article could save you thousands of dollars.
If you’re like most restaurateurs, you probably think that the Canada Revenue Agency’s only concern about tips and gratuities is that servers report them on their personal income tax returns. While the CRA is concerned about this, now, they are even more interested in restaurants that fail to report certain types of tips.
The CRA’s policy on tips and gratuities can be found here. The rest of this article may shock you.
Most restaurateurs know they lose the cost of the pilfered product, but few understand that they may be responsible for the sales and income taxes (plus penalties and interest) that would have been incurred had the stolen product been sold. Significant tax liabilities often arise from sales (and income) tax audits of restaurants and bars. This can occur anytime purchased wine, beer and liquor is not sold, and one of the most common (and largest) causes of these items not being sold is theft and fraud.
A new Linked-in Group has been started to discuss issues of interest to Canadian restaurateurs and advisors.
Here is a short description for the group:
This is a group for discussing issues related to operating a restaurant or bar in Canada. It can also be used to ask for information or assistance from other members. It is open to all restaurateurs and advisors in the hospitality industry.
If you would like to join the discussion, please visit www.linkedin.com and search groups for “Canadian Restaurateur”. Request to join the group. Tell your fellow restaurateurs about this group and this blog!