By Rick Badie
Does it bother you when restaurants automatically add a gratuity to your bill? Come Jan. 1, that may end at many establishments. An IRS ruling that takes effect in January will regard automatic tips as part of wages, which might lead to higher payroll taxes for businesses. In response, Darden Restaurants has nixed 18-percent tipping for large parties at nearly 100 restaurants and may disband the custom completely. Atlanta being a dining city, we explore the issue.
Tips are here to stay
By Todd Semrau
Working for tips has long been an American tradition. For those willing to put up with the long hours, tired feet and crazy cast of characters only found in restaurants, the shift-ending wad of cash was sometimes the only way to pay tuition or rent. But like many good things — early rock n’ roll and pre-cable college football come to mind — the practice of tipping seems to rest on precarious ground.
Mostly due to the Internal Revenue Service’s pending change