Fresh Tax Savings Tips for Freelancers
We asked Miguel Centano, Partner at SharedeconomyCPA, to provide timely tips on how drivers can maximize their tax savings. Need help with your own taxes? Please contact SharedeconomyCPA at 888-272-4915 or at SharedeconomyCPA.com
Not counting all their miles and deductions. The Self Employment tax on earnings and bonuses for drivers can be significant. The way to soften the blow of taxes is with deductions. For drivers, miles are going to represent the lion’s share of deductions, however, there are several other important, but less discussed deductions such as software subscriptions (e.g. Spotify) and an upgrade on your cell phone, the cost of your phone, and monthly bills. I typically place at least 50% of drivers’ cell phone bill into the business.
The top 3 things drivers need to do now is:
I think many drivers forget that car washes and cosmetic maintenance are deductible on top of mileage. Since most drivers have read the rule that either you can take the mileage deduction or actual costs, many think that means you can take mileage and nothing else, which is wrong.
Yes, actual costs can be significant on premium vehicles where you take depreciation on a vehicle instead of the miles driven. There was also a rule that was included in the latest round of tax reform that any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 6,000 lbs can be expensed within one year. That means, that if you use a heavy vehicle 100% for business and it costs $50,000, then you can deduct $50,000 worth of costs. That is going to be better than mileage.
Independent Contractors must file with everyone else on April 15. In addition, those with self-employed earnings must make quarterly payments with the Q4 deadline being Jan 15. You’re subject to this rule if you expect to owe more than $1,000.
Drive safe, stay organized, and don’t worry about taxes. You can likely get to answer that works from a tax perspective. But if you want to maximize your return, consider hiring someone who sees 100-200 of your same kind of returns, to find out where you can find more deductions.
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Multi-Passenger Trips on the Rise, Major City Congestion Issue Remains
Multi-passenger rides represent a small but growing proportion of rideshare trips, according to a recent survey, a trend that could have a positive impact on congestion and other major urban issues.
Almost a third of Uber drivers reported that multi-passenger rides represented less than 10% of their ride volume. Another 30% reported multi-passenger trips represented between 10% and 25% of their total trips.
Of those drivers who detected a trend in their multi-passenger trip volume, 79% reported their proportion of multi-passenger trips was going up, while just 21% reported their multi-passenger trip volume was going down.
“Multi-passenger trip volume represents an important metric city planner should track to evaluate rideshare impact on congestion and the environment,” said Andy Pillsbury, Vice President at SherpaShare. “The number of passengers per vehicle is also a critical factor in determining insurance rates.”
Lyft drivers reported slightly lower multi-passenger ride rates than their Uber counterparts. Specifically, 39% percent of Lyft drivers reported they had multiple passengers on fewer than 10% of their trips. The comparable figure for Uber drivers was 32%.
A recent study by transportation consultant Bruce Schaller found Uber and Lyft add 2.8 new miles driven in the nation’s largest cities for every one mile saved by passengers not using their own car. The study found that rideshare drivers spend substantial amounts of time driving between passenger pickups—extra miles that contribute to overall congestion.
The survey was conducted August 31 among SherpaShare’s monthly research panel of over 1,300 rideshare drivers.
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