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Taxes for Delivery Contractors

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 Taxes: Frequently Asked Questions about Car and Mileage Expenses

This is the third of a four part series on frequently asked questions about Doordash and taxes. We focus on how taxes work as a Dasher delivering for Doordash as an independent contractor. Most of these questions and answers would apply working as a contractor for other delivery services as well. How does our car …

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Doordash Taxes: Business Expenses Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

As a Dasher delivering for Doordash, you’re considered to be self employed. This means your Doordash income will be taxed like a business. This is a good thing. You can reduce your taxable income by listing the costs of your Doordash delivery work. This is the second of four FAQ articles on Doordash taxes, and …

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Avoid these common costly mistakes using the free Credit Karma tax filing as a contractor with Doordash, Uber Eats, Instacart, Grubhub etc.

I have good news and bad news if you’re an independent contractor in the gig economy during tax time. The good news is there’s a free tax filing program that will let you run your taxes as an independent contractor. Most free programs don’t let you do things like 1099’s and Schedule C’s, but Credit …

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How Much Did I Earn on Doordash?

Maybe it’s tax time and you want to verify your 1099 earnings. Or perhaps you’re doing some financial planning and want to know what you’ve received for your contract work with Doordash. How can I tell how much I earned with Doordash when Doordash doesn’t provide a record of your earnings? Doordash: worst in class …

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Why Did Uber Eats Send Two 1099 Forms? Which one is Correct?

Let’s face it. Uber Eats is kinda wonky with how they do their 1099 forms. Some couriers are getting 1099’s that seem to report way too little. Others see their income summaries that report way too much. And then many are getting two different 1099 forms. What’s up with this? Why is Uber Eats sending …

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Why does my Uber Eats 1099 or Annual Tax Summary say I made more than I did?

Understanding the Uber Eats annual summary of income for tax reports Uber Eats is a different animal compared to other delivery apps when it comes to income reporting. Uber Eats may report dramatically lower income on your 1099-NEC than you received. Or they could turn around and send you two 1099’s, and the total is …

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Why didn’t I get a 1099 from Uber Eats (and why the 1099-K?)

It’s 1099 time. All the delivery apps are sending out their 1099’s. But you got nothing from Uber Eats. Or maybe it was a lot smaller than you expected it to be. Why is Uber Eats not sending out 1099’s like everyone else? And why are the ones they do send out for so little? …

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Doordash 1099’s Income and Taxes FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

You may be part of the army of new Dashers that began delivering for Doordash and maybe others this past year. Or maybe you’ve been at this for awhile but just wondered. As Doordash sends out their 1099’s you may be one of many who have one of these frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about taxes, …

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Should I Answer Individual or Sole Proprietor as my Business Type on Payable for Doordash Instacart or other gigs?

Some gig economy companies like Doordash and Instacart use Payable to distribute their 1099 forms. Every January they send out invitations to sign up to get your 1099 forms electronically. And right away, one question stumps everyone: What is your business type? Individual? Sole Proprietor? LLC Single Member??? If you don’t know the answer, odds …

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How do I get started on last year’s taxes?

We made it. 2020 has been kicked to the curb: Good riddance, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. We’re not even going to thank you for your service, you were that kind of year. Except as an independent contractor with gig economy apps like Doordash, Uber Eats, Instacart, Lyft, Grubhub, Postmates …

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Claiming miles in California with Prop 22’s 30 cents/mile| Doordash Uber Eats Instacart Lyft Grubhub

Prop 22 is going into effect and with it is a pay model that includes 30 cents per mile. How does that impact the ability to claim miles on your taxes? Can you still claim miles on your taxes if you’re getting paid 30 cents per mile in California? You can claim 100% of your …

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Why is Grubhub Changing to 1099-NEC? What’s Changing? What about Doordash, Instacart, Postmates etc?

Grubhub recently sent an email out to contractors notifying them of the new 1099-NEC form that would be used to report income. Why is Grubhub changing their 1099’s from 1099-MISC to 1099-NEC and what will this mean for independent contractors? What about Doordash, Uber Eats, Postmates, Instacart, Shipt and any others who use the 1099-Misc. …

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Can I Claim Miles Even if Grubhub Reimburses Mileage?

There’s a lot of concern that you might not be able to claim all your miles with Grubhub since they pay by the mile. After all, if Grubhub (or any other delivery app) pays by the mile, some will tell you that’s a reimbursement. That could cost a lot of money. Can I claim all …

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Can I Claim Meals as a Business Expense Deduction While Delivering for Doordash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, etc.?

There’s a place on the Schedule C for meal expenses, so that must mean I can claim them as a business deduction when I’m delivering for gig apps like Doordash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, Instacart and others, right? Right? So, CAN I claim meals as a business expense or deduction while delivering these for gig apps? …

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Does Doordash Withhold Taxes For Me? (FAQ Series)

The question, “Does Doordash withhold taxes for me?” is incredibly common. It’s right at the top of the list of “things Doordash doesn’t tell you.” Does Doordash withhold taxes for you? They do not. You contract with Doordash as an independent contractor, not as an employee. Since you are technically working for them as a …

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