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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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STIMULUS PAYMENTS – IRS Letters 6475 | 6331C or 5071 | 4883C or 6330C

The Economic Impact Payments (EIP) commonly refer to as Stimulus Payment is about to be phase out this tax season. If you have not received your stimulus payments, now is the time.

The IRS have been sending out letters to taxpayers who they believe did not get their stimulus money or may have gotten the first payment and never did get the second or third payment. The IRS is asking taxpayer to file a tax return.

Even if you think you did not get your stimulus payments, the IRS encourage you a file a tax return for 2020 and 2021 and claim the Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC).

Because of the many scams out there, the IRS are requesting taxpayers who filed for stimulus payments to verify that they are the one that filed the return. [IRS Letter 5071C or 6331C]

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IRS LETTER 6475 – The letter contains the total amount of the third Economic Impact Payment and any plus-up payments received. The letter should provide information to calculate the correct 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) amount when you file your tax return for 2021. FAILURE TO USE THE CORRECT PAYMENT AMOUNT CREATE DELAYS IN PROCESSING YOUR REFUND.

IRS LETTER 5071C or 6331C – This letter simply says that you will need to verify your identity.

What You Need To Do Immediately

Go to our secure Identity Verification Service to verify your identity. It’s quick, secure, and available 24 hours a day.

  • You must register to the website before verifying your identity. Be sure to check the website and prepare all the documents needed to complete the registration.
  • Have a copy of the 5071C or 6331C letter you received and a copy of the tax return for the tax year shown in the letter.
  • If you did not file an income tax return, you can indicate that on the website.

If You Want to Call the IRS

If you prefer to talk to our representative, call the toll-free IRS Identity Verification telephone number in the 5071C or 6331C letter.

Note: Although the letters request a response within 30 days, the IRS will continue to work with you regardless of the amount of days that have passed.

Have ALL of the following available when you call:

  • The 5071C or 6331C letter;
  • The tax return referenced in the letter (the Form 1040 series return). Note: A Form W-2, Form 1099 is not a tax return;
  • A prior year’s income tax return, other than the year in the letter, if you filed one. Note: A Form W-2, Form 1099 is not a tax return; and
  • Supporting documents that you filed with each year’s tax return. (Form W-2, Form 1099, Schedule C or F, etc.).

Note: Authorized third parties may assist taxpayers, but the taxpayer must call us together and must participate on the call.

LETTER 4883C or 6330C – Call us so we can verify your identity and process your federal income tax return.

What You Need To Do Immediately

CALL US at the phone number in your letter with the information listed below. When you call, we’ll ask questions to verify your identity.

Note: Although the letters request a response within 30 days, the IRS will continue to work with you regardless of the amount of days that have passed.

Have ALL of the following available when you call:

  • The 4883C or 6330C letter;
  • The income tax return referenced in the letter (the Form 1040 series return). Note: A Form W-2 or Form 1099 is not a tax return;
  • A prior year income tax return, other than the year in the letter, if you filed one. Note: A Form W-2 or Form 1099 is not a tax return; and
  • Supporting documents that you filed with each year’s income tax return (Form W-2 or Form 1099, Schedules C or F, etc.).

NOTE: Authorized third parties may assist taxpayers, but the taxpayer must call us together and must participate on the call.

The toll-free IRS Identity Verification number is for identity verification only. No other tax-related information, including refund status, is available.

Ways To File | Why File With Us

There are hundred of ways to file your tax returns. You can file with a CPA. You can have a Tax Accountant or have a Tax Preparer file your tax return. You could also file your taxes online (DO IT YOURSELF option) with a tax software vendor such TurbotaxTaxActH & R BlockTaxSlayer, Jackson Hewitt or even Liberty Tax. Then there is the FREE FILING options. Your options are humongous. Both H & R Block and Jackson Hewitt offer in-person store service. That’s all good.

Here is why you should file with us

  1. We promise to diligently handle your tax return with CARE as if it is OURS.
  2. We promise to Get You Maximum Refund Possible – To do this, we will fight to get you ever deductions and credits you deserve
  3. 100% Accurate Calculations – Our calculations are 100% accurate on your tax return, or we’ll pay any IRS penalties.
  4. Optional: We may require a Zoom Meeting, Google Meets or a Microsoft Teams meeting to verify and complete your tax return.

Here’s What’s New and What to Consider When Filing in 2022

The IRS encourages taxpayers to get informed about topics related to filing their federal tax returns in 2022. These topics include special steps related to charitable contributions, economic impact payments and advance child tax credit payments. Taxpayers can visit IRS.gov/getready for online tools, publications and other helpful resources for the filing season.

Here are some key items for taxpayers to know before they file next year.

Changes to the charitable contribution deduction

Taxpayers who don’t itemize deductions may qualify to take a deduction of up to $600 for married taxpayers filing joint returns and up to $300 for all other filers for cash contributions made in 2021 to qualifying organizations.

Check on advance child tax credit payments

Families who received advance payments will need to compare the advance child tax credit payments that they received in 2021 with the amount of the child tax credit that they can properly claim on their 2021 tax return.

  • Taxpayers who received less than the amount for which they’re eligible will claim a credit for the remaining amount of child tax credit on their 2021 tax return.
  • Eligible families who did not get monthly advance payments in 2021 can still get a lump-sum payment by claiming the child tax credit when they file a 2021 federal income tax return next year. This includes families who don’t normally need to file a return.

In January 2022, the IRS will send Letter 6419 with the total amount of advance child tax credit payments taxpayers received in 2021. People should keep this and any other IRS letters about advance child tax credit payments with their tax records. Individuals can also create or log in to IRS.gov online account to securely access their child tax credit payment amounts.

Economic impact payments and claiming the recovery rebate credit

Individuals who didn’t qualify for the third Economic Impact Payment (STIMULUS) or did not receive the full amount may be eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit based on their 2021 tax information. They’ll need to file a 2021 tax return, even if they don’t usually file, to claim the credit.

Individuals will need the amount of their third economic impact payment and any plus-up payments received to calculate their correct 2021 recovery rebate credit amount when they file their tax return.

In early 2022, the IRS will send Letter 6475 that contains the total amount of the third economic impact payment and any plus-up payments received. People should keep this and any other IRS letters about their stimulus payments with other tax records. Individuals can also create or log in to IRS.gov online account to securely access their economic impact payment amounts.

More information: Tax Filing Made Easy

Reconciling Your Advance Child Tax Credit Payments on Your 2021 Tax Return

Tax Planning Requires Good Record Keeping

The Internal Revenue Service – IRS encourages people to plan for tax season. Like all of us, we just don’t. Below are tips recommended by the IRS

What taxpayers can do now to get ready to file taxes in 2022

There are steps people, including those who received stimulus payments or advance child tax credit payments, can take now to make sure their tax filing experience goes smoothly in 2022. They can start by visiting the Get Ready page on IRS.gov. Here are some other things they should do to prepare to file their tax return.

Gather and organize tax records
Organized tax records make preparing a complete and accurate tax return easier. They help avoid errors that lead to processing delays that slow refunds. Having all needed documents on hand before taxpayers prepare their return helps them file it completely and accurately. This includes:

Taxpayers should also gather any documents from these types of earnings. People should keep copies of tax returns and all supporting documents for at least three years.

Income documents can help taxpayers determine if they’re eligible for deductions or credits. People who need to reconcile their advance payments of the child tax credit and premium tax credit will need their related 2021 information. Those who did not receive their full third Economic Impact Payments will need their third payment amounts to figure and claim the 2021 recovery rebate credit.

Taxpayers should also keep end of year documents including:

  • Letter 6419, 2021 Total Advance Child Tax Credit Payments, to reconcile advance child tax credit payments
  • Letter 6475, Your 2021 Economic Impact Payment, to determine eligibility to claim the recovery rebate credit
  • Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, to reconcile advance premium tax credits for Marketplace coverage

Confirm mailing and email addresses and report name changes
To make sure forms make it to the them on time, taxpayers should confirm now that each employer, bank and other payer has their current mailing address or email address. People can report address changes by completing Form 8822, Change of Address and sending it to the IRS. Taxpayers should also notify the postal service to forward their mail by going online at USPS.com or their local post office. They should also notify the Social Security Administration of a legal name change.

View account information online
Individuals who have not set up an Online Account yet should do so soon. People who have already set up an Online Account should make sure they can still log in successfully. Taxpayers can use Online Account to securely access the latest available information about their federal tax account.

Review proper tax withholding and make adjustments if needed
Taxpayers may want to consider adjusting their withholding if they owed taxes or received a large refund in 2021. Changing withholding can help avoid a tax bill or let individuals keep more money each payday. Life changes – getting married or divorced, welcoming a child or taking on a second job – may also be reasons to change withholding. Taxpayers might think about completing a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, each year and when personal or financial situations change.

People also need to consider estimated tax payments. Individuals who receive a substantial amount of non-wage income like self-employment income, investment income, taxable Social Security benefits and in some instances, pension and annuity income should make quarterly estimated tax payments. The last payment for 2021 is due on Jan. 18, 2022.

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