As an Uber, Lyft or other rideshare driver, you are well aware that you can deduct many day to day costs from your taxes. This includes mileage, gas and other expenses that add up when you are running your own business. However, there other deductions that you might be missing and should be taking full advantage of. Mark Dicus & Company is here to talk about some of these.
Are Travel Expense Amenities for Your Passengers Tax Deductible?
When you are a rideshare driver, it’s all about getting good ratings from your passengers. One of the ways that you can truly up your game is by offering certain amenities for your passengers. Having a bottle of water or some snacks for the trip can give you that edge you have been looking for. Furthermore, when you offer your passengers these amenities, you can claim all of the expenses used to purchase them as a tax deduction on your taxes.
Are Uber or Lyft Service Fees Tax Deductible?
It doesn’t matter what rideshare service you work for, they all take a little money off the top of your earnings. Any 1099 Form you get should lay out all of these fees that you have paid. The fees you have paid can be taken off the top of your income. You aren’t going to be held accountable for money that you never got in the first place.
Are Car Washes Tax Deductible?
If you pulled up to pick up a passenger with a dirty car, they are going to feel hesitant to get in it. The condition your car is in will have a big impact on your business. Just like the outside cleanliness of your vehicle is important, the interior is equally important. Like mentioned above, getting that high rating is going to make or break your business. For this reason, you need and want to stay on top of keeping your vehicle clean inside and out. The good news is that all the money you spend on cleaning your vehicle and air fresheners you put in your car are all tax deductions that you should be taking advantage of.
Is Cell Phone Bill Tax Deductible?
Having a working cellphone with good service is essential to working for a rideshare company. If you have a cellphone that is used solely for your rideshare business, the entire cost of the phone and phone bill each month is deductible. If you are using your personal cellphone, you can only deduct a percentage of the bill each month.
Is Roadside Assistance a Rideshare Tax Deduction?
If you have purchased a roadside assistance plan, it can give you peace of mind knowing that you and your passengers are covered if you are ever in a pinch on the side of the road. While you may not be able to deduct the entire cost of your roadside assistance plan, a portion of it can be a tax deduction.
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When you are a small business owner or are an independent contractor, it can be a challenge to get your taxes squared away. Mark Dicus & Company can help make sure you are taking full advantage of all the deductions available to you. Call us today!