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What are typical expenses for an Uber or Lyft driver? Give me the weird ones too.

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86 Rider
 Posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I am writing a paper on this analyzing the take home.  The drivers obviously have to pay for:

There has to be more, right?  Anything else?  As an independent contractor, can they consider food, clothes, shoes, back support, etc. as expenses?


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    667 Driver
     4 years ago

    Cell phone bill is a gray one you have to be careful for.  You'd have to somehow separate personal use vs. Uber use. Talk to your tax/accountant

    - Vehicle registration fee.

    - Water, gum, newspaper for your passengers.

    - Phone chargers

    - Cleaning supplies such as 409, ittle broom, paper towels

    - Fire extinguisher

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     4 years ago

    Mileage using the IRS standard mileage rate.  For most drivers, that's the most critical.  

    If you use the standard mileage rate, you cannot deduct other car expenses (including leasing and oil changes, etc.).

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    323 Rider Driver
     4 years ago


    Depreciation of your vehicle!

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    291 Driver Driver
     4 years ago


    AAA Membership

    Commercial license if you are UberBlack

    Tolls and parking incurred while on the job. (those not paid by customers)

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    622 Rider Driver
     4 years ago

    As an Uber driver, sine you are a self-employed independent contractor, you can consider as expenses everything you need to run your business.  

    - home office

    - office supplies

    - accounting or tax prep software

    - legal fees

    - file cabinets, phones, etc. etc. 

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    667 Driver
     4 years ago

    - Umbrella

    - music to be played in your vehicle for the enjoyment of your customer.

    - snacks for passengers.