All Of Your 2015 Rideshare Tax Questions Answered

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I’m not going to lie, I actually enjoy doing my taxes every year.  Also, if you couldn’t tell by now, figuring out loopholes and ways to legally game the tax system are two things that give me a weird sense of satisfaction.  The US tax code is long, boring and complex though, so for people with actual lives, it kind of sucks.

Now that Uber and Lyft 1099s have arrived, I wanted to present what I’ve learned and give you all the information you’ll need to get your taxes done right.  I’m going to help you with everything from navigating the maze of 1099’s to figuring out which tax deductions you can take and even which software or CPA to use.

Let’s get started:

1099-K vs 1099-Misc

Uber and Lyft both consider themselves third party payment processors.  I’m familiar with this term because I used to accept Paypal payments with one of my old businesses and only in years where I made over $20,000 and did 200 transactions would I receive a 1099-K.

A third party payment processor is essentially a company that facilitates payments between consumers and business owners.  So that’s why you see companies like Paypal, Amazon Payments and Square label themselves as third party payment processors.

Now obviously Lyft and Uber do a whole lot more than facilitate payments, but this is the distinction they’ve decided to go with.  This won’t affect the amount you pay in taxes but it will make things a little more complicated.

Here’s a video I recorded with some more detail on 1099s.

Uber’s 1099s

Uber voluntarily sends out 1099-K’s to all drivers regardless of whether or not you hit the $20,000/200 ride threshold.  So every single Uber driver will get a 1099-K regardless of how much money you made.

If you made over $600 in referral bonuses or miscellaneous income, then you will also receive a 1099-MISC.  The 1099-MISC is pretty straightforward: whatever number appears there is the amount you made and will be combined with the gross fares from your 1099-K.

Now where it gets confusing is with the 1099-K since Uber reports gross fares including all of their fees/tolls/etc.  All you need to do though is combine the number on your 1099-K and/or 1099-Misc and that is the total that will go down as your income on your Schedule C.

Now I know what you’re thinking.  That number is a lot higher than what you actually made and you’re 100% right.  In order to get your true earnings, you will now have to sum up the expenses from your 1099 Summary Page (that can be accessed under Tax Information’ on your Uber Dashboard).

Uber 1099-K Summary via Zen99

Uber 1099-K Summary via Intuit

Tolls, split fare fees and safe ride fees will be listed as both earnings and expenses.  Since they are already included in the income portion of your Schedule C, you will combine them with the device subscription fee and Uber fee in order to get your total expenses.  That number will be entered on line 10 of your Schedule C – “Commissions and Fees”.

If you’d like to do one final sanity check, you can easily add up all of your payouts from your partner statements throughout the year and that number should equal (or be very close, mine was off by 1 cent for some reason) your ‘Total Income (1099-K gross fares + 1099-MISC)’ Commission and fees (all of Uber’s fees listed on the 1099-K Summary)’.

Now I know some people (including myself at one point) have stated that you can just enter the sum of your partner payment statements on your Schedule C as your total income.  But while this would produce the same final net profit, it could cause a mismatch with the number Uber reports to the IRS as your total income, so that method is not advised.

Lyft’s 1099

Lyft handled their 1099-MISC the exact same way as Uber: drivers who earned over $600 in bonuses, mentor rides, etc received one.  But they actually adhered to the $20,000/200 transaction limit 1099-K limit.  So if you did not meet those thresholds, you will not receive a 1099-K.

That means that most of you will not be receiving a 1099-K from Lyft but remember you still have to pay taxes on that money.  In order to correctly report your income, you’ll need to head over to Lyft’s tax summary page and there you’ll see your gross ride earnings, Lyft commission and tolls paid.  Note that Lyft does not include the trust and safety fee like Uber so you can ignore this number completely.

The process is pretty simple from here since you will take your gross ride earnings and add that to your 1099-MISC earnings (if you got one) and enter that as income on your Schedule C.  Then add up Lyft’s commission and tolls paid and enter that in line 10 of your Schedule C – ‘Commission and fees’.

Driving For Lyft And Uber

If you’ve been following my advice over the past year, you probably drove for more than one TNC last year.  If that’s the case, you still only have to file one Schedule C but you will need to combine the income from Lyft and Uber on your Schedule C and combine the commission and fees from Lyft and Uber too.  Just make sure you account for the correct expenses as detailed above.

Since Uber and Lyft are all considered the same ‘rideshare driving business’, you only need to fill out one Schedule C.  If you also did delivery, technically you’re supposed to do a separate Schedule C but I’d speak to a tax professional about that.  You could probably argue that since Uber now offers UberEats for example, your business is really more providing ‘logistic services’ than rideshare or delivery type services.

And yes I did just make up the term ‘logistic services’ so use that at your own risk 🙂


Standard Mileage Rate

I talked about standard mileage rate vs actual expense method in episode 2 of the podcast but for most of you, the standard mileage rate will likely make more financial sense.  Just note that if you opt for the standard mileage rate, you must choose to use that in the first year the car is used as a business.  In later years, you can then choose either method. (Thanks to user jbkilluh for this information).

For 2015, the standard mileage rate was 57.5 cents per mile (for the 2016 tax year, it drops down to 54 cents per mile) and that basically includes all of the costs to operate your vehicle: gas, depreciation, oil changes, maintenance, repairs, etc.

Remember, the actual cost to own and operate your vehicle is not 57.5 cents per mile.  That is the deduction amount that you will get from the IRS.  Your actual cost should be a whole lot less, especially if you want to be profitable as a rideshare driver.

Uber actually provides the total number of miles you drove while on a trip in your 1099-K summary.  Lyft provides your total number of miles while you were logged in to driver mode.  If you don’t have any records of mileage, you may be able to go off of this, but it’s very important to keep your own logs.

The three most important rules when dealing with the IRS are documentation, documentation and documentation.  I try to document the starting mileage every time I leave the house to rideshare drive and the ending mileage every time I get home.  So if you didn’t keep this type of detailed records, then your next best bet is to use the mileage totals from Uber and Lyft.

Other Deductions

  • Other expenses like car washes, cell phone use, candy/water/etc, Spotify membership, Bluetooth, Trunk Organizers, etc may be deductible too as long as they are ‘ordinary and necessary‘.
  • The only thing you’ll need to watch out for is with deductions like a cell phone that may be used for personal and business use.  Generally, you will need to allocate between personal/business use, so if you use the phone 50% of the time for business and 50% of the time for personal, then you would only be able to deduct half of the cost of the phone and monthly subscription.
  • Here’s a good resource from Starzyk CPA if you want to learn about some more tax deductible expenses: Everything You Need To Know About Rideshare Taxes
  • Uber Accounting: How To Track Your Taxes And Expenses Using Spreadsheets Tax Filing Software

QuickBooks Self-Employed/TurboTax Bundle

I’m a little biased here because I have been using TurboTax for the past 11 years. And now that I’ve also been using QuickBooks Self-Employed to track my driving income and expenses, this year I plan on filing my taxes using the QuickBooks Self-Employed Tax Bundle, which combines QBSE with TurboTax Home & Business (the version you’ll need to file your ridesharing taxes). Now I can just export all of my ridesharing deductions from QBSE directly into TurboTax vs. starting from scratch.

TurboTax for self employed people filing their own taxes.

QBSE + Turbo Tax Bundle

You can still buy TurboTax by itself, which will run about $120 for both the Federal and State return but if you get the Bundle, you can get QuickBooks Self-Employed + TurboTax Home & Business for just $11.99 a month. So the bundle is a pretty good deal actually.

If you don’t want the bundle and just want to get TurboTax Home & Business, please consider using my affiliate link. I will get a small cut out of any purchase you make.

H&R Block Online Software

I haven’t ever used H&R Block for my taxes but I do have several friends who use the software and find that it’s very similar to TurboTax but at a lower price point.  H&R Block also has all of the same auto-import features and both services can actually import each other’s returns from prior years so switching shouldn’t be much of a hassle.

If you end up using H&R Block for your taxes, please consider using my affiliate link.  I will get a small cut out of any purchase you make.

Here’s a quick reference guide that was given to H&R Block tax preparers to deal with Uber drivers.

Should I Hire A CPA?

This is a question that comes up every year for me but I think for most drivers doing it yourself is probably the best option.  I know a lot of people like to go to local tax preparers (like your local H&R block office) but these preparers aren’t really specialists.  You have access to pretty much the same software that they do and since the software will walk you through everything, you might as well do it yourself, in my opinion.

But if you know of a CPA or a tax preparer that specializes in 1099 employment, entrepreneurs or self-employed business owners, it could save you a lot of hassle and money by going to them.  Taxes are a very specialized field and there are a lot of nuances that go along with each discipline.

If you’re wondering what your fellow drivers do when they file their taxes, here’s a survey I sent out at the beginning of the year:

How Do Rideshare Drivers File Their Taxes Every Year?

How Do Rideshare Drivers File Their Taxes Every Year?

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the amount on my 1099-K from Uber higher than what I earned last year?

Since Uber considers themselves a third party payment processor, the amount shown on your 1099-K is going to include the amount you earned plus Uber’s commission, tolls, etc.  So it’s up to you to subtract out the fees and tolls using the example above.

Why didn’t Lyft send me a 1099?

If you made less than $20,000 and 200 rides, you won’t receive a 1099-K from Lyft.  You still need to pay taxes on the money you made though, so head to your Lyft summary page and get the info you need there to do your taxes.

What is the business code for Uber and Lyft for my Schedule C?

For Uber & Lyft use: 485300 Taxi & Limousine Service

Business codes are used by the IRS to categorize your business for statistical purposes only. The code you enter will not affect the outcome of your tax return.

Readers, do you now have everything you need to go out and do your own taxes?  Are there any tax questions you still have or things I missed?

Disclaimer: This article is meant for informational purposes only!  You should talk to a CPA about your own individual tax situation or pay a licensed professional.

Update: If you opt for the standard mileage rate, you must choose to use that in the first year the car is used as a business.  In later years, you can then choose either method. (h/t to jbkilluh)

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I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.
  • MC Chicago

    Thanks for the article. I for one have two problems with the 1099-K and the “2014 Tax Summary” furnished by Uber:

    1. On the 1099-K, Box 1a, a/k/a “Gross Fares” on the “2014 Tax Summary”, does NOT include “bonus” earnings that I received from participating in several Fare Guarantee promotions. I thought maybe that would be included on a separate 1099-MISC, but so far I haven’t seen one. The amount in question is less than $600, so perhaps they’re just assuming I’ll report the amount without a 1099-MISC (which I will). It would have saved me a fair amount of time trying to unravel the discrepancy if they had just explained this upfront.

    2. On the “Tax Summary” the total of “City Fee, Split Fare Fee”, and “Safe Rides Fee” (i.e., taken together, the “Rider Fee”, from the weekly statements) does NOT match the totals from those same weekly statements. It’s about 22% higher than the sum of the weeklies. I can’t find any combination of numbers that would explain it. And, since the numbers for Uber Fee, Tolls, and On-Trip Mileage from the Uber summary match the weeklies to the penny, I’m pretty sure I’m doing it right. No idea where they came up with those Rider Fee numbers.

    Thanks again for the advice, nonetheless !

    • 1. Yea fare guarantee is considered a bonus so that would fall under 1099-misc. Since you made less than $600 though it sounds like with those bonuses, you should see a detailed breakdown under 1099-Misc summary page..

      2. I’m not sure either but if you add up all your partner statements that should equal the gross fares – (all fees that I detailed above) – misc income (that won’t be reported on 1099-misc since you made less than $600).

      This resource may help too:

  • mami2jcn

    Yes, I feel confident enough.

  • Brand2469

    Thanks for the article. I have a quick question though. I share my car with another driver, so I take a cut of his rides for using my car. The Uber account settings in his account has my name and banking information, to ensure I get paid, and then I pay him. How to handle taxes in this situation, given that I will receive the 1099-MISC for all his rides ? How to account for the money that I pay him for riding ? Any ideas ?

  • Augustus Sotelo

    Hi Harry, thanks for your podcasts and updates on your blog! I try to read as much as I can.
    Can you please help me with these 1099 questions?
    I am 23 years old and I never had a job, so its all confusing to me.

    When my 1099-Misc arrives in the mail, will the Schedule C form also arrive in the mail with the 1099-Misc?

    Another question, will I be able to write down my expenses and add / subtract it up onto the schedule C form?
    My expenses will be the Actual Expenses Method; since I have a motorcycle (which is only used for Postmate deliveries) since I don’t qualify for the Standard Millage Deduction.
    [My expenses will be the cost of gas, an external battery pack for my phone, new tires, oil changes, new breaks, a backpack for deliveries, LTE phone plan, parking meters cost, etc.]

    And lastly, once I get the total number of my real income onto the Schedule C form, will I need to send the forms to the IRS with a check on it or will they send me a followup letter telling me how much money I owe them?

    I emailed Postmates these questions but they were vague with their answers. All they said was to “speak with your accountant”… That response pretty much reminded of the podcast you had on taxes where in the past you had also asked Uber questions regarding taxes and they gave you a blank response lol.

    Anything help is greatly appreciated,

    • Schedule C is a tax form that you need to fill out when you do your taxes. You use the info from a 1099 for ex. to fill out a schedule C. If you owned a rental property for ex, you would fill out a schedule E.

      It’s actually not too complex, you will take all your income (1099’s) and then subtract all your expenses

      All of those calculations will take place on your Schedule C, if you use turbotax for ex., there will be a section that walks you through all of this 🙂 We’ll also be providing a ton of resources/giveaways/etc this year around tax time.

  • Kevin Faaborg

    It’s January, 2016 and I am already referencing your archives for 1099 tax nuggets. Thanks for the great information!

    I know that you said most tax accountants will give us different answers on what miles are deductible, but your main point is to document everything. It’s better to have too much than not enough.

    Here are some suggestions for your readers:

    The trip odometers on most cars 2010 and newer are great for this type of business. I set my B ticker to zero when I login to drive for Uber and Lyft, then I take a picture of the odometer using my cell phone. I also take a picture of the odometer when I get home or if I stop somewhere on the way home. That is the fastest way to commit the numbers to memory of some type.

    That serves 2 purposes: the pictures are my data for QuickBooks Self-Employed and they are an independent log of my daily mileage since the cell phone uses the network’s date and time stamps for saving the file on the SD card. I can save pictures for the entire year, if needed.

    Pictures shot after midnight, but are a continuation of the previous evening’s trips, are logged under the previous date. Let’s say I drive late on a Friday evening and get home around 1:00 AM. The mileage in the picture shot at 1:00 AM is logged under Friday’s date.

    My trip odometers also have a timer that shows how long the motor was run since the last reset. That gives me an accurate picture of the time I spent driving so I can figure out my hourly rate. While any money I make driving is a good thing, that helps me determine which days/evenings/nights are best for driving.

    I also use MileIQ to log my trips. That app uses GPS to show my start and end times and locations. It doesn’t show my detailed travels on its cards, but is enough to let me assess if the trip was business or personal. The app is also a third-party system to prove that I was at X location at Y time, so it’s a bit of insurance to protect me from any false rider accusations.


    Let’s be real here – they issue 1099-K because it lets them legally cheat. They decided to “go as a payment processing company?” They should not be allowed to do this, to pretend to be a payment processing company when they really aren’t.

    • This comment doesn’t make much sense. Uber voluntarily sent out 1099-K’s to all partners last year and this year regardless of how much they made..

      • 9ETHERS

        Again, they are not really a payment processing company. That has many implications for their business – not just taxes & not just domestically. Those 1099-K’s report false info. Gross amount transacted to the driver? Hogwash. Number of transactions? Not truth either. How they want to report the SRF as driver income? Come on now – the reality is they hire drivers & pay them for the work they do. All the other revenues didn’t go through the drivers. It’s like I installed computers for IBM and they send me a K instead of a MISC because they direct deposited my fee, and on that K is a figure 30% higher than what they actually paid me.

  • Nickie

    Hi Harry,
    I am some questions: I drove for left and uber last year, do I put earnings from both under one Schedule C named “ride sharing” or do I have to create separate Schedule C’s for both?

    • Yes you would combine the earnings for lyft and uber on the same Schedule C.

  • Anh Quân

    Hi Harry, how do you calculate the actual cost of operation? Have you ever written about this?

  • Mike Grein

    Can you point me in the direction for Canadian tax?

    • Ooh good question but I honestly don’t know much about Canadian taxes 🙁

  • rrosen1

    Thank you for this Harry. Like you I have been using Turbo Tax and Quicken for years. I just just started using Turbo Tax Home and Business the on-line version. It let me merge last years Turbo Tax 2014 return which was on my Hard drive. That saved a lot of time. It also only cost $79 and it includes the state and you can get real person live help.

  • johnmarek

    If you use the standard mileage deduction, you should also make sure you know your actual costs as well. There are two main reasons:

    1. When running a business, it’s important to know your actual costs and revenues and adjust your business to maintain profitability.

    2. Relevant to taxes … The standard mileage deduction will very likely cause you show you have a loss that can offset other income you may have. This is a good thing for taxes but has a potential negative side effect: If you don’t show a profit in 3 out of 5 years, the IRS can rule you’re not a business but a hobby. That can be a disaster! If you can show you are profitable when using actual expenses rather than the standard mileage deduction, you have everything you need to avoid the hobby designation. (It is legal and proper to have different accounting results for management accounting compared to tax accounting).

    For those not familiar, if you are determined to not be a business, you will have to declare all of the income on the 1099 (including rider fees and Uber fees) but may not be able to deduct some or all of the expenses! So keep those records.

    • Good points John, your actual expenses and revenues will be different than the amount shown on your tax return 🙂

  • Benjamin Shick

    I have a question on which version of TurboTax to use. Above you say the Home & Business edition, but on the website, it says that as long as you are doing simple mileage deductions, you can just use Deluxe or Premier (which are cheaper). I do not own a home, have no dependents, or any other 1099 work other than ridesharing. Can I just use Deluxe?

    • I am pretty sure you need the Home and Biz version since you’ll have 1099s and be filing a schedule C. You used to be able to use Deluxe but TT made the change last year to require home and biz for biz owners I believe.

      Check the reviews on Amazon:

  • Thank you, Harry. I appreciate this useful info. All your post are very informative. Keep up the good work.

  • Jack Burke

    I don’t see an option for a schedule C on my 1099 Misc am I doing something wrong?

    • You would file a schedule C when doing your taxes, ie on TurboTax.

  • Polina Spivak

    Hi Harry,
    I received a 1099 for Friends Referral. How to post this amoun at Turbo Tax?
    I am confused.
    Thank you

    • That would be a 1099-Misc and there should be a section for that in TT.

  • Tim Maloney

    Maybe someone has already asked and I haven’t gotten to it yet, but if you worked for both Uber and Lyft in the same year (first Uber and then Lyft, not at the same time), should you combine everything in one Schedule C?

  • hernando rojas

    If I drove for uber and another company stops taking patients to Dr’s appointment a and I have a 1099-k from uber and a 1099- misc from stops do I need 2 schedule c, or can i combined them.

    • No I would say one Schedule C should be fine since it all falls under your ‘driving people for money business’. Obviously I’m not a cpa though and I can’t give tax advice 🙂

  • Disgusted

    You didn’t mention to your readers that as a Schedule C sole proprietor that they should be making quarterly tax payments for their estimated taxes and social security owed. SO they do not want to wait until tax time to get that turbo tax or H&R Block, they need to get it as soon as they start driving. Otherwise, you could owe plenty of penalties and taxes for not paying on time.

    • Good point but I will say that honestly most drivers won’t make enough to have to pay estimated taxes – especially if they’re taking full advantage of their deductions:

  • Peter H

    Hey i was wondering if you could help answer a question for me. I just found this article on the web using google so i would appreciate if you just emailed me the answer please. My email is My question is that in February i filed my taxes seeing as how i had a regular job and i also did uber i had two different forms. When it came to the regular job i was getting back i think 437 bucks which i received a week after i filed. Now with my 1099k that uber sent me when i did the taxes and everything for that my tax guy told me hey the government owes you money so you won’t owe money from your 1099k i believe he said it was about 500 dollars that was due to me. I have yet received it and not sure when i will get it or how i can know if i am because that info wasn’t but on my tax return form papers that he gave me at the end of our ordeal. He said that the government was broke and it may take time to get the money the government owes you from your 1099k. Please if you can give me a better explanation than he did i would appreciate it. Im just trying to figure out when I’m going to get my money or even if i am because it feels like I’m not.

    • I’m not sure what he’s talking about but when you file taxes, you should get your refund from the government within a few weeks. Unless you reported a loss from your driving income, you would not get a refund.

  • wall

    2 people. One checking account. I own both cars. How to handle deductions (miles, phone,etc…)? Do we have to pay twice for all these software/app subscriptions? Taxes..terrified and confused.

    • No you don’t need to pay twice for everything since I’m sure you can share a lot of the tools – just keep the data separate.

  • Peter H

    So your just going to ignore my question than?

    • I was on vacation for two weeks but I’m back now.

    • jonathan lowry

      yep…..he has nothing to offer here……geeez

  • sinead sommers

    Hi Harry, thanks for sharing all of this information. It’s made tax preparation so much easier. I have one question. Do Ride share drivers have to pay self employment tax and file schedule se?

  • Adriel Garrovillas

    Hi, your information is very useful. However, Im using an app called Hurdlr and it mentions i have quarterly taxes due? Could you provide information on this please?

    • Yes that is true – you may need to pay estimated taxes depending on how much you made:

    • Mary Louise Smith

      Are you accurately tracking all of your mileage and expenses? I use the same app but my mileage deduction is higher than what I earned therefore I do not owe quarterly taxes of any kind

  • Erik N

    Looking for some clarification here. A little late to ask this, but I started doing Lyft in Jan 2016 for occasional side work. I made about $1500 in Q1, so should I pay estimated taxes for Q1 on these earnings?

    • Do you have another job? You can always increase your withholding there to offset the income. I’m not a cpa obviously but pretty sure $1,500 won’t increase your taxes by too much.

      This should help:

      • jonathan lowry

        that doesn’t sound like a very good answer from a full time blogger…….c’mon man!!!!! ANSWER THE DAMN QUESTION!!!!!

  • jonathan lowry

    This guy is an idiot and has nothing to contribute…….you should just go to

    • Not sure why you would think that. I laid out exactly how to interpret the 1099’s you get from Uber/Lyft and then how to file your taxes with that info. What questions would you like to see answered? More than happy to do so if they’re relevant.

  • Lok-Man Chiu

    Hi Harry. Great article regarding tax deductions. I just started Uber/Lyft this week as a fun past-time and extra income. When I begin to do rideshare on a particular day, I log my beginning odometer miles (I almost always start from home and wait for a ping without driving around) and turn on my apps to driver mode. Some people say that the IRS does not allow for you to log your miles as “business” from home to the first passenger you pick up, even though technically I have my app on and on “business” already. I feel that rule applies more to people who have a regular job and have to commute from their home to a physical office.

    Additionally, one night after dropping off a passenger, I waited for about 15 minutes and no requests came in from either app, so I decided I’ll head on my way home but leave the app on in case a request suddenly pops up. It must be a slow night because I drove 15 minutes home from there and not a request, but I did have my apps on the whole time. Although I did not have any riders I would count myself still on “business” as there was a possibility a request could have come up. I know some will argue that “well, you were planning to go home so they do not count for tax deduction.” I want to hear your thoughts on these.


    • Thanks, you’re right, it’s a gray area but I do the same thing as you. I leave the app on as much as possible basically 🙂

  • Lucky Guy

    Hi TheRIdeShareGuy and other experts here, here’s my situation. I have been driving for uber and Lyft in 2016 until now (mid year). I will be starting a new job. I am filling out Form W-4 and CA State tax certificate. On both these forms, should i count Uber/Lyft as a second job/source of income? If so then i would have to check the box Single or Married (with one or more income) on the CA State Certficate and also should not claim on Line B of W-4….Please help !

    • Your W4 is to determine your new W2 job’s withholding so basically if you count the income from Uber/Lyft you’d withhold a little more to account for that..

  • Mary Louise Smith

    The Hurdlr app is FREE and a fabulous way to keep track of your mileage as well as all your expenses. They can send your report directly to the cloud or your email in PDF format. There’s no fee to get your report like with tax mileage IQ. I use the app and I love the app. I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and highly recommend this app

    • Yea it’s a good free option, here are the others we found:

  • John Carter

    Hi Harry 🙂 I bought a car for ubering and my question is – is my $233 a month car payment a deduction? I’m using the hurdlr app and it wants to know. Being a newbie, I know next to nothing. But your help is priceless! Thanks!

  • Andrew

    If I have a full time job that I receive a W2 for, and I drive with Uber, if my mileage deduction is larger than the amount I make with Uber, will that deduction reduce the taxes owed from the W2 end? Does that make sense?

    • Yes it will as long as you don’t make more than ~$100k at your W2 job or so. You just have to be careful since if you consistently report a loss on your 1099 biz (rideshare) you may get into trouble with the IRS. They would ask why are you running a biz that keeps losing money? 🙂