A kindler, gentler IRS? Possibly.
The Internal Revenue Service has announced it will no longer audit restaurants as long as establishments comply with the tax laws associated with tip reporting, regardless if wait persons actually are cheating on their own reporting of tips.
In exchange, the IRS says it will target the wait persons themselves, who must report any tips received totaling over $20 a month. The losses are staggering, according to industry sources. For example, the restaurant industry reports revenues of $250 billion, and only $7 billion in tips were reported last year.
This effort is the latest in a series of tactics by the IRS to provide taxpayer relief.