Tax treatment of gift cards

As the holiday season approaches, gifts will be bought with increasing frequency. Have you ever considered how gift cards that go unredeemed are viewed by Federal and State taxing authorities? What are the revenue recognition rules and the escheatment standards that companies need to be aware of? Revenue Recognition The timing of recording taxable income …

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New tip pooling rules proposed by Department of Labor

Operators of full-service restaurants should take note of recent developments from the United States Department of Labor, regarding regulations governing the use of tip-pooling arrangements. There is one caveat to be aware of, which is that the non-tipped duties must be performed in conjunction with tipped duties, or within a reasonable amount of time before …

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Gift card accounting for the holidays

The third quarter of the year is winding down and with the fourth quarter upon us, restaurants will start looking forward to the holiday season and the increased customer traffic, revenues and cashflows. Part of these increased cash flows are the result of the sale of gift cards during the holiday season. Two types of …

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Get your restaurant business ready for sale

You built a successful restaurant operation and are now thinking about selling. What do you need to think about to make your business ready to sell? And importantly, maximize the proceeds you will receive. Any sophisticated buyer will go through a due diligence process. What this means will be somewhat different depending on what legal …

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Should I be outsourcing my restaurant accounting services?

Restaurant owners wear a lot of different hats in the course of running a business. Unfortunately, accounting-related duties can easily fall by the wayside when you are being pulled in so many different directions. It often comes up at inopportune times, like when you need to better understand cash flows or get ready for tax …

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Risks for restaurants you may not have considered

When most business owners think of potential risks their restaurant could face, I would bet the first thing that comes to mind would be food safety. And rightly so. The health and safety of your customers should be top of mind. All restaurant owners should be aware of the regulations they are subject to, what …

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Accounting for third-party delivery services

Third-party delivery services like Grubhub, DoorDash, UberEats, and Postmates have been growing in popularity over the past few years and will continue to grow. The industry is currently over a $15 billion dollars and is expected to grow at least 10% to 15% per year over the next five years. These services provide consumers the …

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New revenue recognition standard: accounting for gift cards

Gift cards are a great way to attract new customers, increase your Company’s brand awareness and improve sales. Many gift cards are used in more than one visit by the consumer, and some gift cards never get used. Admit it, you have an un-used gift card hanging out in a drawer at home. So, how …

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My takeaways from the Restaurant Leadership Conference

Leading with courage takes many different forms and can be challenging to break tradition or old habits, but it can propel us forward to become better operators and corporate citizens. This year’s Restaurant Leadership Conference (RLC) took place at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Scottsdale, Arizona from April 7 – 10 with a theme …

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Top 5 issues facing franchisors today

Being a franchisor in today’s competitive business world, and under the scrutiny of the federal government, brings about many issues that you need to keep track of to remain competitive and compliant with legal matters. Many franchise related lawsuits have elevated issues to the forefront and new technologies have challenged the franchisor/franchisee relationship. Below is …

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