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Independent Contractor Taxes

Taxes are different for independent contractors in the gig economy than they are for an employee with a W2. There's too much about gig worker taxes to cover in a single article adequately.

For that reason, we've assembled several articles about the many aspects of how taxes work for self-employed gig workers, particularly in the delivery and rideshare industries.

There are several articles in this list. We'll break them up into sections:

Overview Tax Articles

The following articles look at the big picture of how taxes work for self-employed gig economy contractors. We also have overview articles related to specific gig economy platforms.

Understanding Income and 1099 Forms

The following articles explain how your revenue works as an independent contractor. We also look at how 1099 forms work and how they differ from an employee's W-2 form.

Business Expense Tax Write-offs for Independent Contractors

These articles examine how tax write-offs work for gig workers, especially for independent contractors in delivery and rideshare.

Writing off Miles or Car Expenses

The IRS allows you to write off either the standard mileage allowance (a flat rate per mile driven for business) or the actual cost of driving for business. This is often by far the largest tax write-off for independent contractors in the delivery and rideshare spaces. The following articles look at different aspects of writing off car expenses for self-employed gig workers.

Questions about Specific Tax Write-Offs for Independent Contractors

There are several specific write-offs that are worth discussion on their own. The following articles look in detail at those potential tax deductions for independent contractors.

Tax Rates, Forms and Filing Taxes for Independent Contractors.

Once you've figured out the expenses, income, and profit for your business, it's time to file the taxes. We look at the taxes, the tax forms, and how filing taxes work for rideshare and delivery contractors.

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About the Author

Ron Walter made the move from business manager at a non-profit to full time gig economy delivery in 2018 to take advantage of the flexibility of self-employment. He applied his thirty years experience managing and owning small businesses to treat his independent contractor role as the business it is.

Realizing his experience could help other drivers, he founded to encourage delivery drivers to be the boss of their own gig economy business.

Ron has been quoted in several national outlets including Business Insider, the New York Times, CNN and Market Watch.

You can read more about Ron's story,, background, and why he believes making the switch from a career as a business manager to delivering as an independent contractor was the best decision he could have made.

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