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I have a question about reporting tips. Do I have report and pay taxes on tips that I earn?

Yes. You must pay taxes on tips. When reporting tips on your return, you must include tips paid by:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Debit card
  • Other cash equivalents (Ex: gift certificates, slot tickets, or casino tokens)

When reporting tips, you need not report the tips to your employer if they're under $20 in a calendar month, but you still need to declare them on your return so you can pay any applicable taxes on tips.

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