This publication is for employees who receive tips from customers.
If you are self-employed and receive tip income, see Publication 334,
Tax Guide for Small Business (For Individuals Who Use Schedule C or
C-EZ), for more information.
All tips you receive are income and are subject to federal income
tax. You must include in gross income all tips you receive directly
from customers, tips from charge customers that are paid to you by
your employer, and your share of any tips you receive under a
tip-splitting or tip-pooling arrangement.
The value of noncash tips, such as tickets, passes, or other items
of value are also income and subject to tax.
Reporting your tip income correctly is not difficult. You must do
- Keep a daily tip record.
- Report tips to your employer.
- Report all your tips on your income tax return.
This publication will show you how to do these three things, and
what to do on your tax return if you have not done the first two. This
publication will also show you how to treat allocated tips.
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