― Ask the Waitress! ∙ Got a question about a restaurant owner's lack of bookkeeping. Here are the relevant details: ∙ Employees do not receive a W-2 or a 1099.Shift wages are paid in cash.Flat fee as opposed to hourly wage per shift, plus tips. Fee for shift is $20; shift may last 9 hours. Restaurant owner has recently decided that waitresses must pay tax on their charge tips. Creative bookkeeping and broken laws, let me count the ways... ∙ W-2 or 1099 ∙ Employees [...].