Most Recent Blog Posts: Restaurant / Bar

Why Do Bars Include Sales Tax in Their Drink Prices?

Should bars still include sales tax in the price of their drinks or are they actually subsidizing part of the drink for all of their customers and giving up revenue?

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Main Street Retail Sales Have Been Improving Since March 31st

This chart shows brick-and-mortar merchants’ daily sales revenue since early March and then a rolling 7-day average of those sales. The high point of the red line was on March 5th, 2020 while the low point of the red line occurred on March 31st, 2020. At that point, sales revenue had crashed by over 58% in just a few weeks. Now it’s down by 26% and steadily improving to a busy Memorial Day weekend.

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How to Manage Sales Tax with 3rd Party Apps During COVID-19

As a restaurant owner during COVID-19, you are probably relying heavily on 3rd party apps (3PAs) such as Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats. With delivery likely being the vast bulk or possibly only revenue stream available to you, it’s vitally important that you understand who is responsible for collecting and remitting sales tax through these 3rd party orders.

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What are the Long-Term Implications of Declaring Bankruptcy While Still Owing Sales Tax?

In these unprecedented times, it’s a real possibility that many small-to-medium-sized businesses will, despite every effort, be forced to close their business and declare bankruptcy. If these businesses had used the sales tax collected prior to closing their doors to sustain their business for a time, what will happen to that debt?

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Quick Tip: Check Your Delivery and Pick-Up Sales Tax Rates

Many of you have pivoted to offer take-out, delivery, and maybe even online sales during the COVID-19 crisis. If you are new to these services, we want to remind you that you need to check how the items you are selling are taxed in your state. It’s not as cut and dry as it may seem.

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A Story About How My Restaurant Successfully Reopened After 9/11

Prior to starting DAVO Automated Sales Tax, I owned a successful restaurant called the Blue Sky Cafe in northern New Jersey for many years. I want to tell you about my experience when we closed down for a short period after 9/11.

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Be Sure to File Your Sales Tax Returns – Even During COVID-19

In these unprecedented times of COVID-19, businesses large and small have been turned upside down. Paying taxes is likely one of the furthest things from the mind of most business owners, in spite of the fact that April 15th and April 20th tax deadlines are right around the corner.

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3 Simple Steps to Documenting Tax Exempt Sales and Avoiding Liability

Many businesses who otherwise do a good job documenting their sales fall prey to a common sales tax trap - tax-exempt sales. In order to protect themselves, owners can follow simple guidelines ensuring these sales don’t fall through the cracks.

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Tips for Planning for Your January Sales Tax Bill

We are headed into a very busy season for a lot of you! The ten biggest sales days of the year happen in November and December. Holiday shopping is one reason for the boost but even grocery retailers have a spike as everyone prepares for their special occasion meals, events, and gifts.

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Are Florida Restaurants Double Paying Sales Tax on 3rd Party Orders?

There is considerable confusion amongst Florida restaurant owners as to who is responsible for collecting and remitting sales tax for orders from Grubhub, Ubereats and all the other 3rd party apps.

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