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Tax Tips for Gig Workers – Uber | Lyft | DoorDash |InstraCart | Airbnb

Prior to covid-19, the gig economy seems to be on steriods. The emergence of Amazon, Uber and Lyft, Airbnb, InstraCart, Grubhub, DoorDash were all new entries into the way we now live. More and more people tend to use gig work to supplement their income.

If you take up gig work on a part-time or full-time basis, often through a digital platform like an app or website. Gig work, such driving a car for booked rides, selling goods online, renting out property, or providing other on-demand work, is taxable and must be reported as income on the worker’s tax return.

Here are some things gig workers should know to stay on top of their tax responsibilities:

Gig work is taxable:

  • Earnings from gig economy work is taxable, regardless of whether an individual receives information returns. The reporting requirement for issuance of Form 1099-K changed for payments received in 2022 to totals exceeding $600, regardless of the total number of transactions. This means some gig workers will now receive an information return. This is true even if the work is full-time or part-time.
  • Gig workers may be required to make quarterly estimated tax payments.
  • If they are self-employed, gig workers must pay all their Social Security and Medicare taxes on their income from the gig activity

Proper worker classification:

While providing gig economy services, it is important that the taxpayer is correctly classified.

  • This means the business, or the platform, must determine whether the individual providing the services is an employee or independent contractor.
  • Taxpayers can use the worker classification page on IRS.gov to see how they should be classified.
  • Independent contractors may be able to deduct business expenses, depending on tax limits and rules. It is important for taxpayers to keep records of their business expenses.

Paying the right amount of taxes throughout the year:

  • An employer typically withholds income taxes from their employees’ pay to help cover income taxes their employees owe.
  • Gig economy workers who aren’t considered employees have two ways to cover their income taxes:
    • Submit a new Form W-4 to their employer to have more income taxes withheld from their paycheck if they have another job as an employee.
    • Make quarterly estimated tax payments to help pay their income taxes throughout the year, including self-employment tax.

The Gig Economy Tax Center on IRS.gov answers questions and helps gig economy taxpayers understand their tax responsibilities.


More information:
Publication 5369, Gig Economy and your taxes: things to know
Publication 1779, Independent Contractor or Employee
Is My Residential Rental Income Taxable and/or Are My Expenses Deductible?

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IRS Rules Regarding 1099’s

Below are the IRS 1099-Misc. rules regarding paying someone for services they provide. 

File Form 1099-MISC for each person to whom you have paid during the year:

  • At least $10 in royalties or broker payments in lieu of dividends or tax-exempt interest.
  • At least $600 in:
    • Rents.
    • Prizes and awards.
    • Other income payments.
    • Medical and health care payments.
    • Crop insurance proceeds.
    • Cash payments for fish (or other aquatic life) you purchase from anyone engaged in the trade or business of catching fish.
    • Generally, the cash paid from a notional principal contract to an individual, partnership, or estate.
    • Payments to an attorney.
    • Any fishing boat proceeds.

In addition, use Form 1099-MISC to report that you made direct sales of at least $5,000 of consumer products to a buyer for resale anywhere other than a permanent retail establishment.

Source: IRS Rules for 1099-Misc

Independent Contractors (Uber or Lyft) Accounting Tips

The challenge we see in our practice is that Independent Contractors do not take the time to keep good accounting records. Keeping good records is the fuel to your business when it comes to taxes.

Fundera magazine, the small business resource center have 11 accounting tips for small business owners and self-employed individuals that we like to share with you. These tips are not just for Uber or Lyft drivers. If you are am Amazon delivery driver, or postmate, ubereats, doordash or instracart, you may want to take note of these.

  1. Separate business and personal expenses
  2. Track every business expense
  3. Accurately record income
  4. Consider hiring a professional, even if temporarily
  5. Automate accounting practices with accounting software
  6. Dedicate time to update your books
  7. Keep tabs on labor costs
  8. Be prepared for major expenses
  9. Maintain inventory records
  10. Follow up on invoices and receivables to avoid overpaying on taxes
  11. Create financial projections for future years

Related Articles

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/356782
https://www.fundera.com/blog/do-you-need-an-accountant-for-a-small-business
https://www.inc.com/guides/2010/04/choosing-an-accountant.html

Tax Tips for Federal Withholdings | W-4

The most common reason why you may not received a tax refund when filing your taxes is because your withholding is wrong. This applies to most W-2 filers only. Getting your withholding right enables you to receive a refund. Below is what the IRS suggest you do to ensure you have selected the correct withholding.

All taxpayers should review their federal withholding each year to make sure they’re not having too little or too much tax withheld. Doing this now can help protect against facing an unexpected tax bill or penalty in 2023. The sooner taxpayers check their withholding, the easier it is to get the right amount of tax withheld.

Taxpayers whose employers withhold federal income tax from their paycheck can use the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator to help decide if they should make a change to their withholding. This online tool guides users through the process of checking their withholding to help determine the right amount to withhold for their personal situation. Taxpayers can check with their employer to update their withholding or submit a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate.

Adjustments to withholding
Individuals should generally increase withholding if they hold more than one job at a time or have income from sources not subject to withholding. If they don’t make any changes, they may owe additional tax and possibly penalties when filing their tax return.

Individuals should generally decrease their withholding if they qualify for income tax credits or deductions other than the basic standard deduction.

Either way, those who need to adjust their withholding must prepare a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate. They need to submit the new Form W-4 to their employer as soon as possible since withholding occurs throughout the year.

Individuals who should check their withholding include those:

  • who experienced a marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of child, purchase of a new home or retirement
  • who are working two or more jobs at the same time or who only work for part of the year
  • who claim credits such as the child tax credit
  • with dependents age 17 or older
  • who itemized deductions on prior year returns
  • with other personal and financial changes

Tax Withholding Estimator benefits
The IRS Tax Withholding Estimator can help taxpayers:

  • determine if they should complete a new Form W-4.
  • know what information to put on a new Form W-4.
  • save time because the tool completes the form worksheets.

Taxpayers should prepare before using the Tax Withholding Estimator by having their most recent pay statements, information for other income sources and their most recent income tax return. The tool does not ask for sensitive information such as name, Social Security number, address, or bank account numbers.

Taxpayers shouldn’t use the Tax Withholding Estimator if:

  • They have a pension but not a job. They should estimate their tax withholding with the new Form W-4P.
  • They have nonresident alien status. They should use Notice 1392, Supplement Form W-4 Instructions for Nonresident Aliens.
  • Their tax situation is complex. This includes alternative minimum tax, long-term capital gains or qualified dividends. See Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax.


More information:
Tax Withholding Estimator FAQs

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