Say I buy a $10 Groupon that lets me buy $20 worth of food at a restaurant. I go to the restaurant and order items that add up precisely to $20 (based on the menu price). If the state sales tax is 6% (specifically in Michigan if that matters), then how much in sales taxes should I pay (if any)?
Assume it's takeout and I choose to pay ZERO tip.
What should I pay? $0? $0.60? $1.20 (6% on the full $20 value)?
It's quite possible that there simply isn't any legal clarity on this issue, as I've been charged varying amounts.
In the above scenario, I am sometimes charged $0 and sometimes $1.20. My question here is what LEGALLY should be the proper thing for the restaurant to do (and not what they usually or actually do).