Category Archives: Taxes

Maximize Tax Savings For Your NYC Bar or Restaurant

From a tax perspective, is it more beneficial for restaurants and bars in New York City to set up their tax structure as a partnership or an S-corporation? Restaurateurs have received mixed messages from their CPAs over the years, especially after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) introduced the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction,

Avoiding the Hidden Tax Trap of TI Allowances

TI Allowances

Tenant improvement allowances (frequently referred to as “TI”), are an enticing and common incentive that many restaurateurs and landlords incorporate in their lease agreement because it’s a win-win for both parties. The landlord gets the benefit of someone building out their space and committing to rent it, which will in turn attract future tenants and

The Best Tax Classification for Your Restaurant

Restaurants may legally organize in several different forms. Most people are familiar with the Limited Liability Company (LLC) and Corporation, all legal classifications. It’s commonly misunderstood that the legal classification is automatically the tax classification, but that’s not quite true. This blog will NOT address the ideal legal entity type for restaurants; you should discuss

Service Charges vs Tips: Changing Restaurant Wage Models

couple seated at restaurant table discussing the bill

Service charges are in the headlines more than ever. Many restaurant owners are rethinking their wage model to maintain a competitive advantage during a labor revolution. In this article, I will discuss: Changing wage models The differences between a tip and a service charge Sales tax on service charges Payroll taxes for tips and services

The 2022 Guide to Restaurant Taxes: Tips and Advice

Restaurant accounting and tax specialists have navigated many operators through millions of dollars from COVID Relief, and helped many restaurants become cash-flow-positive even throughout the pandemic. When tax time comes around, working with a seasoned accounting team like the Fork CPAs helps keep the momentum, and ensures the filing process is as pain-free as possible.

The Forgotten Tax Credit for Restaurants

While states are opening throughout the country, the current job market for restaurant owners has been challenging as potential employees are hesitant in the rapidly changing environment. Restaurants can benefit significantly from taking advantage of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) which encourages restaurants to expand their hiring pool. Eligibility for the WOTC The WOTC