How does the 2014 IRS Rev. Ruling 2012-18 affect restaurant service staff and restauranteurs?
2014 has brought many changes to the restaurant industry and one of the most buzzed about topics is Rev. Ruling 2012-18 according to news channel WFAA. This ruling implies that restauranteurs must differentiate between automatic gratuities and voluntary tips which can ultimately cost restaurants big bucks. Any sort of gratuity that compels patrons to automatically pay an additional percentage on their meals and services is no longer considered a tip and must be calculated as part of a server’s wages.
A well-organized weekly plan can truly make the difference between a growing profitable establishment and a drifting restaurant. Whether you are running a small “mom & pop restaurant”, a high volume casual restaurant, a theme restaurant, a fine dining restaurant, any food service venue or bar, the fact is the same… You must be organized and have measurable systems in place to be successful. Another truth is, “It doesn’t happen overnight”. In order to reach those long term goals, restaurant owners and operators should focus on likeminded and beneficial short term goals.
There are several steps involved in increasing your restaurant’s profit margins.
First you need to evaluate your business, or have a non-biased professional conduct an in-depth operational analysis. An operational analysis will identify any areas that need improvement and a plan of action will be delivered to you as a guide on how to implement the new procedures.
In most cases, several minor changes in your daily operations can have a significant positive impact on your overall profitability and your way of life.