Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
Level Basic Advanced Military International

Other Taxes Workout

Tip Income

Figuring Taxes on Tips

To figure the tax on tips, find out if the taxpayer, during any month, received $20 or more in cash and charge tips that were not reported to the employer. Enter this amount on Form 4137 to figure the social security and Medicare taxes.

Report the tax amount on the applicable line on Form 1040.


As part of your interview, explain to taxpayers that sometimes people do not realize they owe taxes on tips they did not report to their employer. Also, explain the taxes paid on those tips actually boosts the taxpayer's future social security benefits.

Tax Software Hint

The tax software will compute the correct tax on allocated and unreported tip income. Go to the Volunteer Resource Guide, Income tab, How to Enter Tip Income, for software entries.

Top of Form 4137.