Post # 1
This completely infuriates me!!!!
I got a quote from a caterer who I really want to do my wedding. When he provided me with a quote, I told him that we really enjoyed the tasting, but he was a bit out of budget for us (price not including appy’s, desserts or dishes)
I got the below response:
I can do the above package to you for a price of $36.00 per person.
$36.00 x 90 = $3240.00
15% gratuity = $486.00
HST = $447.12
This is a great job for my smaller crew and include two other of our regular girls. It is a fairly easy buffet that they have done before.
$3200.00 Cash total.
25% deposit would be $800.00 leaving a balance of $2400.00
I don’t know how to read this. Does this mean there’s a 15% gratuity in the $3200 price, or would I be asked to add that on later?
If so, it sounds like he’s taking $40 off the price and doing an under the table job to avoid paying his taxes.
How would you girls deal with this?
Post # 3
@metalbride: Looks like it is $3200.00 including gratuity, but if you are not sure I would just ask him. It sounds like he gave you the total cost broken down and then the cost he would do it at for a discount. Just make sure you have all of this included in the event order/contract and you should be fine. If he is the owner he can give you great deals like this, if he isn’t I would verify it with the owner/manager in charge.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t deal with him, personally. If he’s willing to do it under the table, it makes me wonder what else he does that isn’t kosher. It would make me uncomfortable.
Post # 5
Hm. This might be naive, but to me it looks like he’s working within your price point, or trying to.
Are you legally obligated to make sure he’s reporting the taxable amount from the contract? (ie, is this your problem?) I know for other contractors – photog, DJ – I’m not paying tax, just the flat rate, which they presumably handle in their income tax filing.
Post # 6
Ask him to clarify what he means.
Post # 7
I read that as $3200 total PLUS the gratuity and HST. Did he get good reviews/have you looked him up with BBB? Would you still have a contract if it was a cash, “under the table” (as you said) deal? I’d definitely do some more research before making a decision and trust your gut– if something feels wrong/illegal/sketchy you’re probably right!