Trump Makes Surprising Confession - Shakes Everything Up

Trump Makes Surprising Confession - Shakes Everything Up

If elected in November, former President Donald Trump has pledged to eliminate tip taxes during his term.

Speaking at a rally on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada, Trump assured the crowd that his administration would not tax tips received by employees in hotels, restaurants, or similar establishments.

“This is the first time I’ve mentioned this. And for those hotel workers and people who receive tips, you’re going to be very happy,” Trump declared. “Because when I take office, we will not tax tips—people earning tips.”

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website, tips are “discretionary (optional or extra) payments determined by a customer that employees receive from customers.”

Employees can receive tips in the form of cash, credit or debit card payments, tip splitting, or “tip amounts received from other employees paid out through tip pools.”

The IRS states that an employee’s “all cash and non-cash tips” are “income and are subject to Federal income taxes”:

All cash and non-cash tips received by an employee are income and subject to federal income taxes. All cash tips received by an employee in any calendar month are subject to social security and Medicare taxes and must be reported to the employer. If the total tips received by the employee during a single calendar month by a single employer are less than $20, then these tips are not required to be reported, and taxes are not required to be withheld. Cash tips include tips received from customers, charged tips (for example, credit and debit card charges) distributed to the employee by the employee’s employers, and tips received from other employees under any tip-sharing arrangement. Tips also include tips received by both directly and indirectly tipped employees.

During the rally, Trump stated: “We’re not going to do it. And we’re going to do that right away, first thing in the office. Because it’s been a point of contention for years and years, and you do a great job of service, you take care of people.”

Trump emphasized that his administration would not target those who “have jobs in restaurants” where they receive tips regarding their taxes.

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The news of Trump’s conviction not having the expected impact on his support was troubling for the White House.

A recent poll by The Center Square showed that the former president's popularity remained steady following the verdict.

A national survey by Emerson College Polling revealed that 44% of respondents said Trump’s 34 felony convictions did not affect their support for him; 33% said it made them less likely to support him, and 27% said it made them more likely to vote for him.

“Trump’s support in our polling remained the same before and after his conviction,” said Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling. “A majority of Democrats say it makes them less likely to support Trump (51%) and a majority of Republicans (55%) say it makes them more likely to support Trump. A plurality of independents say it makes no impact (41%), while 38% are less likely to vote for Trump and 21% more likely.”

“The poll found Trump had a narrow lead over President Joe Biden, with 46% of voters supporting Trump and 45% backing Biden in the 2024 presidential election. Nine percent were undecided,” the report indicated.

A jury determined that Trump had violated the law by attempting to conceal a payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

However, various conservative and liberal legal experts claimed they found no evidence of criminal activity by Trump, accusing Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg of fabricating the charges to “get” the former president.

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