COVID-19 Update: The US federal filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. To qualify for direct payments from the CARES Act, many of you will first need to file your taxes for 2018 or 2019. (Keep in mind that this is not tax advice. For questions about your specific tax situation or how to file, speak with a tax professional.)

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Taxes: How to file and save as a Lyft driver

A central place for you to find your 2019 tax information, learn how to maximize your savings, and access other useful information.

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How the CARES Act can help drivers

This new legislation aims to ease the impact of COVID-19 and provide support to millions of working individuals across the US, including people who drive with Lyft. Learn more.

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For the Lyft Canada driver community

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides assistance to working individuals — whether they qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) or not — as well as potential deferral of GST/HST payments. Learn more.

Get more information about tax reporting in your province.

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Free TurboTax Self-Employed and 50% savings on TurboTax Live Self-Employed with on-demand CPAs. Depending on your Lyft Rewards tier, you may be eligible for additional savings. These offers will remain valid through July 15, 2020.

Canadian drivers, check out your special TurboTax offer.

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This is a free service provided by the government for individuals who qualify (there are income limitations). We recommend consulting a tax advisor to help you choose the best way to file.

Where to find your forms

The 'Tax Information' tab, in your Driver Dashboard, has all of your tax docs as well as special offers for you.

Your Annual Summary doc

Your Annual Summary doc

All drivers receive an annual summary. It includes a breakdown of the number of rides you’ve given, your gross earnings from rides, non-ride earnings (like bonuses), tolls, and mileage info. Learn more.

The 1099-K form

The 1099-K form

Drivers who earned at least $20k and had 200 total transactions (for ride receipts) from passengers in the past year. Even if you don’t receive the 1099-K, you’ll likely still have to file taxes. Learn more.

The 1099-Misc form

The 1099-Misc form

Drivers who earned at least $600 from non-driving activities (like referral bonuses, incentives, mentoring) in the past year. Even if you don’t receive the 1099-Misc, you’ll likely still have to file taxes. Learn more.

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Master your taxes

Learn how to file like a pro — hear from Lyft drivers and our partners at Everlance. You’ll learn what it means to file as an independent contractor, whether the “standard mileage” or “actual vehicle expenses” deduction is better for you, and which other deductions you may be eligible for.

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Additional Resource: TurboTax

Tax Tips for Lyft Drivers: Ridesharing Taxes. Read article.

Additional Resource: The Rideshare Guy

Ultimate Tax Guide for Uber & Lyft Drivers. Read article.

Additional Resource: Everlance

Everlance Tax Academy for Lyft. Learn how to kick taxes in the butt. See tutorial.

Additional Resource: TurboTax

Maximizing Tax Deductions for the Business Use of Your Car. Read article.

Additional Resource: EITC Outreach

Tax Deductions for Rideshare (Uber and Lyft) Drivers. Read article.

Additional Resource: TurboTax

Tax Preparation Checklist. Read article.

Additional Resource: IRS Gig Work

Manage your taxes for gig work. Read article.

Check out this helpful how-to video from our TurboTax partners

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How do you prep for tax season as a driver?

I ensure that I use a third-party app to track all mileage expenses and income. As a former licensed tax professional, I ensure that all of my documentation is in order to give me the peace of mind in the event of an IRS audit.
-Tom, driver in Sioux Falls, SD

What are the top deductions you claim as a driver?

Everything-phone, gas, auto costs such as maintenance and insurance.
-Kelly, driver in Boston MA

What resources or apps help you maximize deductions?

I am old school and use excel spreadsheets for keeping most of my records.
-Billy, driver in Minneapolis, MN

Do you use ‘standard mileage’ or ‘actual expense’ method?

It depends, but generally standard mileage deduction works best.
-Donnie, driver in Boston, MA

What's the best tax tip you've received as a driver?

I believe that understanding the depreciation that happens in a vehicle used for Rideshare is an important part of the deduction process. Many drivers fail to record the depreciation rate while submitting their tax returns.
-Tom, driver in Sioux Falls, SD

What do you wish you knew as a new rideshare driver?

I wish I knew that when filing as an independent contractor that all the information that you keep track of can help you when your trying to receive a refund instead having to owe the government money.
-Sicilian, driver in San Bernardino, CA

Anything else you want to share to help other drivers prepare?

Save their receipts (gas, maintenance, purchases that involve driving for lyft like food or bottled water for customers) and be sure to make the appropriate deductions.
-William, driver in Houston, TX

Frequently Asked Questions

*Lyft does not provide tax advice. We recommend that you consult with an independent tax professional for any tax related questions.