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Independent Contractor Taxes

Taxes are particularly challenging for independent contractors for gig economy apps like Doordash, Instacart, Uber Eats, Grubhub and others. We have tax related articles listed under the following sub categories.

Doordash 1099 Forms: How Dasher Income Works (2022)

You may have noticed some things are different tax-wise when it comes to delivering for Doordash. If you’re used to employee W2 forms, how things work with reporting your income is different. How does this all work? Why did you get a 1099 form instead of a W2? What are we supposed to do with …

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How your Income for Uber Eats, Doordash, Grubhub etc Impacts Income Tax (2022)

There are two parts of the income tax puzzle for independent contractors in the gig economy:  Determining your taxable income for your business Including your business income with other income to determine your income tax bill A lot of it can be overwhelming. It can be more so when you throw in the whole self-employment …

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How Self-Employment Tax Works for Delivery Drivers in the Gig Economy

If you’ve been looking into information about taxes for gig workers (Doordash, Instacart, Uber, Lyft, Grubhub, etc.), you may have noticed this ugly phrase pop up: Self-Employment tax. The first time you see that phrase can throw you for a loop. Why am I being taxed for being self-employed? How does that seem fair?  It …

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Common Tax Deductions for Gig Economy Delivery Drivers (beside your car)

Gig workers using their car for deliveries (Doordash, Uber Eats, Instacart, Grubhub, Shipt, and a host of others) get a significant tax write-off claiming mileage or actual driving costs. But is there anything else? What if you don’t drive? How do you avoid claiming things you shouldn’t?  There are several tax write-offs. We’ll talk about …

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Claiming Car Loan Interest, Property Tax, Parking on Top of Mileage

As you may know, the IRS lets you choose between actual expenses and the standard mileage allowance when claiming car expenses as a gig worker.  It’s one or the other. You can’t do both. However, there are three exceptions you may be unaware of. We’ll examine three car-related expenses and why you can claim them …

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The Actual Car Expense Deduction Method: How and When to Use It.

As an independent contractor in the gig economy (Doordash, Uber Eats, Instacart, Lyft, etc.), the IRS lets you choose how to write off your car expenses. You can either claim the actual cost of driving, or claim a standard mileage allowance (a flat rate per mile driven). How do you know which is better? How …

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What if I Forgot to Track My Miles (Doordash, Uber Eats, Instacart etc.)?

It’s tax time, and you didn’t track your miles as an independent contractor delivering for Doordash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, Instacart, or others. Is it time to panic? Maybe you didn’t know or think you needed to. Or perhaps you didn’t realize you CAN claim your miles even when taking a standard deduction. All you know …

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What Miles Can I Claim as a Delivery or Rideshare Contractor?

The IRS allows you to claim your car expenses if you drive for your deliveries as an independent contractor (or for rideshare trips). Whether you claim the standard mileage rate or use the actual expense method, you must have written evidence of your business miles. Another article discussed how to track miles for gig economy …

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How to track Miles for Doordash, Uber Eats, Instacart etc.

If you drive as an independent contractor for food delivery apps like Doordash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, Instacart, or rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft and so many others, tracking miles makes a HUGE difference in your tax bill. Delivery contractors in the gig economy put hundreds, if not thousands, of miles on their cars. At the …

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Writing off Car Expenses as a Delivery Driver (2022)

For those of us using our cars for gig economy delivery, our car expenses are usually the most significant expense item on our tax returns. How does the car expense thing work for delivery drivers? What does it mean when we can claim either miles or actual expenses? We’ll talk about how it works to …

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Delivery Driver Tax Deductions: How Expenses Work for Contractors

Car expenses and hot bags are not tax deductions for independent contractors in the delivery space. They are business expenses. There’s an essential distinction between the two. Knowing that distinction helps you understand the difference between employee taxes and filing as a business owner. In this article, we’ll talk about the similarities and differences between …

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Understanding 1099 Forms for Delivery Drivers in the Gig Economy

If you have earned more than $600 delivering for any particular gig economy company, you will likely receive a 1099 form at the end of January reporting your income. What is a 1099 form? How does this work with your delivery driver taxes? How is it different from a W-2 form? We’ll look at how …

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Do Doordash Contractors Pay Quarterly Taxes?

The term “quarterly taxes” causes some confusion. There is no additional quarterly tax for Doordash delivery drivers. However, if you deliver for Doordash, you may need to make quarterly tax payments. Dashers are independent contractors and not employees. You deliver for Doordash as a business, meaning you are on your own regarding taxes. Doordash does …

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