HM Revenue & Customs has climbed down over the way it taxes tips paid to hospitality industry staff. It signalled it would refund some employers who had been paying too much national insurance on staff tips. It said if a contract of employment included the promise of a share of the tronc or tips were being used to fund the minimum wage, the employer would no longer have to pay NI contributions on those payments. The change of heart is believed to have come after the collapse of a multimillion pounds claim against the Conran Group. The British Hospitality Association is trying to get clarification so the industry can operate without the fear of having a tax problem in the future. The Times 18/02/06 page 54 (Need to know), page 61 Financial Times 18/02/06 page 3 The Daily Telegraph 18/02/06 page 31