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Consumer Minute: Tips & Jobs Forecast

It's time for the Consumer Minute.
Some restaurants may nix automatic tips, as an IRS change takes effect today. Automatic tips at restaurants - those are generally 18% tips for larger parties - are now viewed as a "service charge". That's because customers are "required" to pay it. That in turn makes it a taxable wage for servers, and that could complicate tax records for restaurants.

The jobs forecast for the year is "cautious", according to Careerbuilder. Nearly a quarter of employers plan on hiring full-time, permanent workers this year,
but others are holding back, saying they'll hire at a slower rate - or not at all - until politicians in Washington, DC resolve the debt ceiling.
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