sup gc, i recently started working in a moderately upscale restaurant and it pays really good money for an entry level job. I usually average about $12/hr. I make most of my money in cash because I get tipouts (3% of total sales made during my shift). I usually leave each shift with around $40-65 cash. Besides my tipouts i make $4/hr base pay which is payed by check. at the end of each shift when i punch out in the computer i have to claim how much tips i made. everyone knows that you don't claim the actual amount you make. i kinda new at this job so i was wandering what percentage of you tips it would be safe to claim at as to not draw suspicion. so basically i hope is to get taxed less because the govt knows about my base pay check and whatever tips i claim. another potential problem is the amount of cash that i am accumulating. right now i have about $500. i don't want to put it into the bank because then they tax you on that to. i'm glad that i still got my glock nine (thought i'd lost it but i found it later) because this could be a potential liability if anyone ever tried to burglurize my residence. i'm thinking about getting this safe from target that costs $120. it's large, has a digital keypad and bolts to the floor. i think it would be worth the expense because i can keep my cash, gun, and drugs in it.