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Is "doubling the tax" a good way to calculate tip in Manhattan?

stah00 Feb 21, 2010 01:46 PM

I'm terrible at math, and would rather not whip out my cellphone to calculate a tip at a fine dining establishment.

Can someone give me guidelines of calculating an appropriate tip based on the amount of tax I see on the bill?

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    duck833 RE: stah00 Feb 21, 2010 02:07 PM

    Can't you figure 10% of the bill in your head? Then just double it?

    Simple matter of moving the decimal point and then times 2.

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      rrems RE: stah00 Feb 21, 2010 02:09 PM

      If you round the tax up to the next dollar and then double it, you will be at about 20%, which has become pretty much customary these days, assuming the service was good.

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        small h RE: stah00 Feb 21, 2010 02:09 PM

        Yes, you could double the tax, which is 8.375%. But you'd be tipping a little less than the standard 20%. To tip 20% on a bill of $23.00, move the decimal point one space left and multiply by two, for a tip of $4.60. I think that's as easy (if not easier) than doubling the tax. I'm not so hot at math myself, but this, I can handle.

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          stah00 RE: small h Feb 21, 2010 02:32 PM

          duh! sorry, don't know why that didn't occur to me earlier. *blush* thank you all

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          MikeG RE: stah00 Feb 21, 2010 02:42 PM

          For the record, NYC sales tax is now 8.875%, not 8.375%. Many people, myself included, consider doubling it a perfectly reasonable if perhaps not "generous" tip.

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            mr_seabass RE: MikeG Feb 22, 2010 10:06 AM

            MikeG, I'm with you.

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              kelea RE: mr_seabass Feb 22, 2010 10:37 AM

              Yeah..I'm pretty much double tip rounded up. On occasions where the wait staff was exceptional or if we were a big group then i'm at 20%

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                StrawbrryF RE: kelea Feb 23, 2010 06:10 PM

                I agree. I don't think 20% is standard now. Only for really good service and unfortunately, that's the exception, not the rule.

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