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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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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Tax considerations when selling your restaurant

Successful restaurant companies are a hot commodity in today’s marketplace with existing operators looking to diversify segments served or leverage economies of scale through acquisition – and let’s not forget the private equity group interest. If you’re thinking of selling your restaurant, it’s important to know the value of your company to get top dollar …

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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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Top 5 common 401(k) administration errors by restaurants

Many restaurant companies offer, or plan to offer, a 401(k) option to employees as a retention tool and as a way to remain a competitive employer in the industry. Administering your 401(k) plan can be quite tedious and allows many opportunities to make inadvertent errors which can create havoc with the Department of Labor (DOL) …

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Section 163(j): trap for the unwary!

Although the Qualified Business Income deduction (QBI or “pass through deduction”) receives all the favorable buzz with the new tax law, we want to make sure that you are aware of another provision established by tax reform – Section 163(j) – which is alarming to your tax-geeky CPA. First off, does this sound familiar? You …

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