As a rideshare driver, you're an independent contractor and can claim the below tax deductions.
Mileage you can deduct
On-trip and between passengers
All miles driven while 'online' with your ridesharing service are deductible. This includes the miles driven between passenger pickups.
On the way to first passenger
As a rideshare driver, all miles driven in search of your first passenger, and the miles driven from your last passenger back home, are tax deductible.
Driving to the grocery store to buy passenger goodies, on your way to a car wash, to an information session at an Uber greenlight hub, or other work-related errands are tax deductible.
Expenses you can deduct
As a rideshare driver, writing off your car mats, cleaning supplies and cleaning services, including car washes, is totally legit. Keeping your car spiffy clean is part of providing the best service to your customers!
As a rideshare driver, you can deduct the complimentary goodies that you offer your passengers like bottled waters, mints, and Halloween candy.
Phone & Service
If you have to use a phone for work, the purchase and monthly service bill are tax deductible!
Food & Drink
You can deduct 100% of your meal cost from a restaurant if you are out of town for work purposes. Discussing work with an existing or prospective client? That counts too!
Any toll fees that you pay while working are tax deductible! Just make sure they're not already being reimbursed.
If you have to pay for parking while you're working, that's tax deductible. Unfortunately, parking tickets, traffic violations, and speeding tickets are not.
Phone accessories that help you do your job as an independent driver, like car chargers, cables, and phone holders, are all tax deductible.
Music & Paid Apps
If you pay for a music service like Spotify or Apple Music to entertain passengers while working, your monthly subscription fee is tax deductible.
Vehicle inspections and background checks that are required for work are deductible. These keep your business compliant and your passengers safe!
Staying safe on the road is part of the job. Fees for AAA or other roadside assistance programs are tax deductible.
As a rideshare driver, you might find yourself in some sticky situations. Dashcams that are used as a security precaution are deductible.
If you're self-employed and don't have the option to buy health insurance through an employer or spouse, you can deduct your monthly health insurance payments!
Personal Protective Equipment
Hand sanitizer, gloves, face masks, and other safety items are essential right now for anyone actively working in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any expense that doesn't fit the other categories we've set up for you. Please make sure to add a note to keep track of them!