The IRS has recently mandated changes to the way restaurants treat auto gratuity. For payroll purposes auto gratuity must be treated as a service charge. This means they must be tracked separately and are no longer considered eligible for a social security deduction. As a result of these changes we have introduced a number of changes to the way the BPA software tracks and reports gratuity and auto gratuity.
Claim Tips at Clockout
If the option is enabled for your server to claim tips when they clock out, you will notice some significant changes to the clock out screen. Gratuity and sales are now broken out into three separate groups.
||This box reports any auto gratuity that was recorded on the closed sales.
||This box shows any sales that were closed with a tip with a payment method of credit card, gift card, or placed on account.
||This field reports any tips left on a sale that was closed with a credit card, gift card, or placed on account.
|Tip % of Charged Sales:
||This percentage is automatically calculated based on the charged sales and charged tip amounts.
||Other Sales includes sales that were closed with auto gratuity or items that are marked to be excluded from gratuity. Because auto gratuity is not treated as a tip and is considered as wages, tips do not need to be claimed on this sales amount.
|Cash Tippable Sales:
||This field includes cash sales as well as any charged sales on which no tip was added. If no tip was added to a charged sale the system assumes the patron left a cash tip. There is an option to exclude dine out orders from this total which will be discussed later.
||This field allows you to claim a percentage or your cash sales as tips. You may change this percentage by entering the percentage on the keypad on the left and then selecting Load Value.
||Cash Tips is the amount of cash tips that you are claiming. This amount may be calculated by entering the percentage above or you may adjust this amount by entering the tip amount on the keypad on the left and then selecting Load Value.
||The declared field contains the amount of charge and cash tips claimed.
Gratuity and Payroll Options
The Misc. Definitions screen contains several new options that effect the way the software handles gratuity. To get to this screen, go to Restaurant System > Manager Functions > Misc Definitions.
If you select the Gratuity option on the left side, you will notice several new options. First, you may choose to exclude dine out sales from gratuity and the tippable sales amount. If the majority of your dine out sales are pickup orders or you have an employee that handles dine out orders that is not paid a server’s hourly rate, you may want to check this option.
You may also choose whether to pay out auto gratuity and charged tips at shift end or with payroll. If these options are set to pay at shifts end, the system assumes you will be paying out tips to the server from the cash drawer. If they are set to pay out at payroll, the system will report these tips to pay at payroll on the Daily Sales and Tips Report and the Time Clock Report. If you are using the BPA payroll module these tips will also be included in the payroll check.
Reporting - Daily Sales and Tips Report and Time Clock Report
The Server Tips Summary section of the daily sales and tips report has been updated to show the changes outlined above. Payroll tips and tips paid at shift end are simply broken out so servers and managers may easily identify these amounts. The time clock report reflects these same changes making payroll reporting a simple process.
IRS Bulletin 2012-26 Outlining Changes to Gratuity