If you’re an employer who owns a business where tipping is customary, for you may qualify for a valuable tax credit involving the Social Security and Medicare (FICA) taxes that you pay on your employees’ tip income. You claim the credit as part of the general business credit. It’s equal to the employer’s share of FICA taxes paid on tip income in excess of what’s needed to bring your employee’s wages up to $5.15 per hour. In other words, no credit is available to the extent the tip income just brings the employee up to $5.15 per hour, calculated monthly. Other rules may apply. Contact us if you have any questions.
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