[Sca-cooks] Taxing Stuff, was Re: food manners/tipping OOP/OT

Volker Bach carlton_bach at yahoo.de
Mon Nov 6 08:54:53 PST 2006

Am Montag, 6. November 2006 15:40 schrieb grizly:
> -----Original Message-----

> That sounds - creative, in a taxmannish kind of way. I wonder why ours
> haven't
> come up with it yet.
> [snark]
> I also wonder if they total a person's investments and tax them the S&P
> 500's
> rate of increase per year automatically
> [/snark] < < < < < < <
> The other side of that tax law is that the minimum wage for wait staff is
> lower, and must bwe supplemented by the employer to assure meeting the
> 'standard' minimum wage level.  There are plenty of unscrupulous employers
> who will manipulate that mandate, as mentioned earlier with a couple of
> stories.  There are plenty out there, as well, who willingly pay the
> difference if tips, for some reason do not make it.
> We small business owners aren't all evil, money-grubbing b at st@rds who feed
> our children on the blood leeched from our employees.  Some are actually
> operatiing with enlightened self-interest . . . my livelihood goes up when
> employees are high-functioning.  Do whatever I can afford to increase
> efficiency and finctionality levels of staff.  Not at all unlike SCA
> feasts, though we do not pay wages there.

I work in a small business, so I know about that. BUt I was rather shocked to 
see the tax authorities to base the burde they place on the wait staff on a 
figure that is to some extent arbitrary and on which the people in question 
have very little influence. That was why I suggested using a similar approach 
to a segment of society more able to fight back. Not that I would encourage 
tax fraud, but iot appears the most stringent measures are applied to get 
small amounts ot of people who can often ill afford to pay them. 



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