Leading restaurant groups could be liable for millions of pounds in arrears of national insurance contributions as a result of the Inland Revenue's continuing campaign 'Operation Gourmet', according to a report in the Telegraph.
The paper said a Revenue report due shortly is expected to force many restaurateurs to increase their NIC payments, and "should clarify the controversial issue of how waiters are paid and taxed".
The Revenue has been investigating the industry for more than two years as part of Operation Gourmet. The Revenue has been examining restaurants' special arrangements - known as troncs - used to distribute tips, gratuities and service charges.
The Revenue claims many restaurants have been abusing the system and owe up to six years' unpaid contributions.
According to the report...