The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the Biden administration has suggested a scheme to aid service industry employers in reporting their employees’ tips to the agency. The Service Industry Tip Compliance Agreement (SITCA) program would be voluntary and offer employers with immunity protection and the ability to customize their tip reporting procedures.
87,000 new agents to go after billio… restaurant workers’ tips. https://t.co/XVtT30GAsD
— Rep Ryan Zinke (@RepRyanZinke) February 7, 2023
The IRS plans to monitor employer adherence through yearly tip revenue analysis, by collecting charge tip information from credit and debit card readers, as well as through employer submissions. This would supersede the three current tip reporting programs, namely, the Tip Rate Determination Agreement (TRDA), the Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment (TRAC), and the Employer designed TRAC (EmTRAC).
The IRS has introduced a new "tip reporting program" targeted at service industry
It's goal is to ensure service workers properly report how much income they receive in tips per year
Looks like those 87,000 new IRS agents aren't just going after the rich anymore
— Nancy Pelosi Stock Tracker ♟ (@PelosiTracker_) February 7, 2023
The SITCA program aims to boost transparency, enhance tip reporting compliance, and minimize administrative duties for both employers and the IRS regarding tip reporting. This is part of the agency’s effort to address small transactions, including a mandate to report digital transactions exceeding $600 to the agency on 1099-K tax forms.
The IRS has said that participating employers would be granted liability protection and flexibility in how they implement tip reporting policies. The agency has also paused the requirement for digital transactions over $600 to be reported to the agency on 1099-K tax forms in order to avoid confusion over the new policy.
The SITCA program is expected to help employers better understand their tax obligations and provide them with more options for reporting tips. It is also expected to help the IRS better track and monitor tip compliance, which could result in increased tax revenue for the government.
The IRS has not yet responded to requests for comment on the SITCA program, but it is expected to provide more information in the coming weeks. The program is still in its early stages, but it could potentially help service industry employers better understand their tax obligations and provide them with more options for reporting tips.
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