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Babs16 Jan 22, 2009 06:39 AM

Some time ago there was a posting regarding either 2 for 1 or discounts on certain restaurants. I am not sure if it was a radio station or some another venue that was offering these sites, but for the life of me I can not remember.

If there are any chowhounds out there that remember, could you post site please.

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    JLawrence Feb 4, 2009 03:47 PM

    Any buy one get one free offers, don't let them charge you sales tax on the free meal. It violates NJ State Taxation laws. The rule is, if the restaurant is taking the hit, the loss on the free meal, and they are not being reimbursed by the manufacturer, then there is no sale and thus no sales tax on the free meal.

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    1. re: JLawrence
      cantkick Feb 4, 2009 07:19 PM

      But be sure to tip based on the value of the free meal!

      1. re: JLawrence
        ambrose Feb 5, 2009 03:38 AM

        JLawrence, do you know if this also applies to supermarkets? I have noticed that when I use a discount coupon at my local NJ supermarket they tax me on the discounted price. However, at a better known national chain, they tax me on the original price.

        We're not talking big bucks here but it would be interesting to know what the law says (or if the law even addresses the subject).

        1. re: ambrose
          foodislove1958 Feb 5, 2009 06:36 AM

          As a restauranteur, I cant imagine charging tax on the original amount. Every point of sale system I have ever worked on (As far back as cigar boxes) I would only charge the tax on the bill total regardless of what the bill may have been without any sort of discount. I guess this is a case of "Let the Buyer Beware". Another thing to watch for are folks that calculate the gratuity after tax. Now ok for all you servers out there growling, I personally just tip on the end total, but thats because Im in the business.

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        newfie29 Jan 22, 2009 08:22 AM

        Go to www.wjrz.com and click on Dining Deals.

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          HillJ Jan 22, 2009 08:50 AM

          newfie, at present no deals are listed and it appears that past deals get "sold out" ...the restaurant.com site works very differently but I'm going to keep my eye on the Dining Deals link for future offerings. Thanks for sharing it.

          1. re: HillJ
            cling0017 Jan 29, 2009 12:02 PM

            They have Dining Deals on several radio stations. In NJ, depending where you want to go, wrat.com and wjrz.com cover Monmouth/Ocean counties, wmgqfm.com for Middlesex/Somerset counties, and wdhafm.com for the Morris county area. Right now only WDHAFM.com has gift certificates left (the other stations have all sold out) but they do have restaurants pop up every once in a while, so keep an eye out.

            1. re: cling0017
              HillJ Jan 29, 2009 12:04 PM

              That's very helpful of you cling0017, thank you.

        2. HillJ Jan 22, 2009 07:58 AM

          Babs was it www.restaurant.com?

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