(Closed) Gratuity/Service Charge + tax?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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12973 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are they listed separately? 

Service Charge – 18%
Gratuitity 18%
Tax $x

Or are they combined on one line as service charge/gratuity?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m not in NYC but mine are listed apart and you are right as far as I know we don’t get taxed on gratuitity

Post # 6
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12973 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d write back to them:

“Hi Caterer, Thanks for this proposal – it looks delicious!  Just one quick question to clear up.  I see the tax line was calculated after the gratiuity was added.  I was under the impression that in New York, there was no tax imposed on a gratuity.  Was the gratuity not included in the tax calculation?  Sorry about this, I’m just unclear on this one thing!  Thanks!”

Just be upfront with them!  I’m sure they get asked this all the time!

Post # 7
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2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The tax shouldn’t be on the gratuity, thats just weird.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

$80 is $80 more for something else in your wedding. Do not feel bad if it were even $5. Remember, they are the ones trying to charge you $1.50 per napkin. If the small amount didn’t matter, they wouldn’t charge it, so you don’t feel bad about questioning even a penny coming out of your pocket.

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