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Tax FAQs

Australia

  • How does the Uber booking fee for rideshare work with taxes?

    It's important to note that Uber is not able to provide tax advice.

    The $0.55 booking fee (inclusive of GST) is charged by Uber to you, and you to your passenger.

    To understand more, you can contact your accountant or a Momentum Rewards provider for more information. Airtax and H&R Block have put together some general information, which you might find useful.

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block Information

  • Do I need to register for GST and an ABN?

    Please refer to the ATO's website for GST registration guidelines. To be registered for GST, you must register for an ABN and file quarterly Business Activity Statements (BAS).

    To understand more, you can contact your accountant or a Momentum Rewards provider for more information. Airtax and H&R Block have put together some general information, which you might find useful.

    ATO website

    Airtax

    H&R Block

  • How do I upload my ABN and confirm GST registration?

    There's a section in your Partner Dashboard here where you can provide your ABN details and confirm with Uber that you are registered for GST. Steps are as shown below:

    1. Log in to partners.uber.com
    2. Click the tab "invoice settings"
    3. Enter your ABN details into the field marked "Australian Business Number (ABN)"
    4. Tick the box to confirm you are registered for GST

    Please note that you must enter your ABN details correctly, tick the box and hit the 'Submit' button in order to save your ABN and GST registration details correctly. (You will see a red 'Error' message at the top of your screen if your details have not saved correctly).

    Please note that even if you already have an ABN, this doesn't necessarily mean you are registered for GST. If you're unsure, please check your records or the ABN Lookup tool to determine your GST registration status.

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    ABN Lookup tool

    How do I pay/register for GST?

  • Where do I find my monthly tax summary?

    Please note June 2018 tax summaries are currently delayed. We are working to make these available to partners as soon as possible. They are expected to be available by mid-July. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this delay.

    Once available, you can download this on your partner dashboard by heading to Tax Summary. Head here to see your tax summary

  • Can I drive under my business name?

    For safety reasons, we require all of our uberX partners to register with their first and last name, rather than a business name.

    However, you are now able to provide us with the name and ABN of the legal entity (e.g. a company, trust or partnership) you drive under by heading to your partner dashboard.

    Head to your partner dashboard

  • Do I need to file a Business Activity Statement (BAS)?

    If you are registered for GST, you will need to complete and file a BAS on a periodic basis (usually quarterly). The frequency of filing should be notified to you by the ATO.

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block

    How do I obtain an ABN?

    How do I pay/register for GST?

  • Do I need to pay income tax?

    Yes. According to the ATO, any Australian resident must declare in your tax return all income you earned anywhere in the world during that tax year. We expect all of our partners to meet their tax obligations like everyone else, including declaring Uber earnings in your individual tax return. You may also be able to claim your Uber related expenses (as tax deductions) through your tax return.

    To understand more, you can contact your accountant or a Momentum Rewards provider for more information. Airtax and H&R Block have put together some general information, which you might find useful. Airtax Information H&R Block

  • How do I obtain an ABN?

    If you don't have an ABN, there are some simple ways to obtain one including through services like Airtax. With Airtax, obtaining an ABN is free and should take around 3 days. We have included their links below.

    Alternatively, you can apply directly on the ATO website.

    Please note that even if you already have an ABN, this doesn't necessarily mean you are registered for GST. If you're unsure, please check your records or the ABN Lookup tool to determine your GST registration status.

    Airtax

    H&R Block

    ATO Website

  • Does Uber pay tax for me?

    No. As an Uber partner, you independently provide transportation services. You are not an employee of Uber nor a contractor of Uber. As such, you are responsible for reporting and paying all relevant taxes associated with your earnings producing activities.

    To understand more, you can contact your accountant or a Momentum Rewards provider for more information. Airtax and H&R Block have put together some general information, which you might find useful.

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block

  • How does mileage work with taxes?

    It's important to note that Uber is not able to provide tax advice.To understand more, you can contact your accountant or a Momentum Rewards provider for more information.

    To calculate any other mileage, it may help to keep a mileage log or using a service to help you track the mileage, such as QuickBooks Self-Employed App.

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block Information

    Learn more about QuickBooks Self-Employed

  • How do I pay/register for GST?

    If you don't have an ABN registered for GST, there are some simple ways to obtain one including through services like Airtax. With Airtax, obtaining an ABN is free and should take around 3 days.

    Alternatively, you can apply directly on the ATO website.

    Please note that even if you already have an ABN, this doesn't necessarily mean you are registered for GST. If you're unsure, please check your records or the ABN Lookup tool to determine your GST registration status.

    For more information on how to register for and pay GST, you can contact your local accountant or a Momentum Rewards provider linked below. Airtax and H&R Block have put together some general information, which you might find useful.

    ATO website

    ABN Lookup tool

    Airtax

    H&R Block

  • How do I calculate GST on my fare?

    Fares you charge riders are inclusive of GST. As such, GST is calculated as 1/11th of the fare. For example, if the fare charged on a trip is $11, GST is $1.

    To understand more on calculating GST on your fares, you can view the ATO article below or contact your accountant or a Momentum Rewards provider. Airtax and H&R Block have put together some general information, which you might find useful.

    ATO information

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block

  • What documents will I receive from Uber?

    You can download your trip invoices, invoices for services provided by Uber, weekly payment statements, monthly and annual tax summaries from your partner dashboard. This is designed to help with your tax management, but you are nevertheless responsible for maintaining your own records and we recommend you consult your tax advisors for specific advice for your circumstances.

    Additionally, once you have confirmed your GST registration and provided us with your ABN we will be able to issue tax invoices to your riders on your behalf.

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  • What do the different items on the tax summary mean?

    To understand what the different items on your tax summary mean, you can visit the link below.

    Understanding my tax summary

  • How does the service fee work with taxes?

    You are charged a percentage-based service fee for Uber's lead generation services. The service fee is calculated on the gross fare and is subject to GST.

    This may be a business expense for you. However, it's important to note that Uber is not able to provide tax advice.

    Your tax advisor can help you identify which of your expenses qualify as allowable business expenses. To understand more, you can contact your accountant or a Momentum Rewards provider for more information.

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block Information

  • What is my service fee?

    You can find the service fee applicable to you in the addendum on your partner profile in the contracts section.

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  • Do fares include GST?

    All fares you charge riders for the provision of ridesharing services are inclusive of GST.

    Airtax Information H&R Block Information

  • What expenses are deductible?

    It's important to note that Uber is unable to provide tax advice. Every partner has different earnings and expenses and your overall taxable earnings will depend on your circumstances.

    To understand more, you can contact your accountant or a Momentum Rewards provider for more information. Airtax and H&R Block have put together some general information, which you might find useful.

    Airtax Information H&R Block Information

  • How can I keep track of receipts/expenses?

    There are many ways to keep track of receipts. It is best to speak to your local accountant.

    You can also check out QuickBooks Self-Employed, a Momentum Rewards provider that offer an app to digitally track expenses. Uber Momentum partners are eligible for a 70% discount.

    Learn more about QuickBooks Self-Employed

  • How do the government levies work?

    NSW $1 Government Levy

    As of 1 February 2018, the New South Wales Government will require all taxi, rideshare and hire car providers to pay a levy for each trip taken.

    To account for the levy, the equivalent amount is added to the fare charged by you to the rider. As such, the levy will be added to your rider's fare on your behalf and is subject to GST making the total amount $1.10 including $0.10 GST.

    In turn, Uber collects the corresponding amount that is added to the fare charged by you to account for the levy On this basis, your net earnings for each trip should not be impacted by the levy.

    VIC $1 Government Levy

    As of 1 July 2018, the Victorian Government will require all taxi, rideshare and hire car providers to pay a levy for each trip taken.

    To account for the levy, the equivalent amount is added to the fare charged by you to the rider. As such, the levy will be added to your rider's fare on your behalf and is subject to GST making the total amount $1.10 including $0.10 GST.

    In turn, Uber collects the corresponding amount that is added to the fare charged by you to account for the levy On this basis, your net earnings for each trip should not be impacted by the levy.

    SA $1 Government Levy

    As of 1 May 2017, the South Australian Government introduced a $1 levy on all point to point journeys commencing in the Adelaide metropolitan area to fund assistance packages to taxi licence holders and lessees to help them transition to a new regulatory model.

    The SA Government has advised that the $1 levy is not subject to GST. It is charged directly to riders and as a result does not impact you.

    NSW $1 Government Levy

    VIC $1 Government Levy

    SA $1 Levy Fact Sheet

    Airtax Information

  • How do airport fees on ridesharing services work with taxes?

    It's important to note that Uber is not able to provide tax advice.

    Some airports may charge you a fee for airport pick-ups. In these cases, the fee is added to the trip invoice and you receive these amounts from riders. As such, you should not be negatively impacted by the fee.

    To understand more, you can contact your accountant or a Momentum Rewards provider for more information. Airtax and H&R Block have put together some general information, which you might find useful. Airtax Information

    H&R Block Information

  • How do tolls on ridesharing services work with taxes?

    It's important to note that Uber is unable to provide tax advice.

    Where you are charged a road toll, the value of the toll should automatically be added to the price of the fare. These tolls appear on the relevant trip invoices and payment statements.

    To understand more, you can contact your accountant or a Momentum Rewards provider for more information. Airtax and H&R Block have put together some general information, which you might find useful.

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block Information

    ATO Information

  • How do incentives, referral incentives and miscellaneous payments work with taxes?

    It's important to note that Uber is unable to provide tax advice.

    Assuming you are GST registered, incentives could trigger GST reporting obligations.

    To understand more, you can contact your accountant or a Momentum Rewards provider for more information. Airtax and H&R Block have put together some general information, which you might find useful.

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block Information

  • How much tax should I pay?

    It's important to note that Uber is unable to provide tax advice. Every partner has different earnings and expenses and your total taxable earnings or deductible business-related expenses will depend on your unique circumstances.

    To understand more on how to calculate any taxes you should be paying or are liable for, you should contact your accountant. Airtax and H&R Block have put together some general information, which you might find useful.

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block Information

  • How does being registered for GST impact my other sole trader business?

    We recommend you consult your tax advisor.

    Airtax and H&R block have made available some general information which you might also find useful:

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block Information

  • Why doesn't my Tax Summary match the amount that was deposited in my bank account?

    Your Tax Summary includes an overview of your gross earnings. The "Total" you see on your Tax Summary will be different from the amount that is deposited in your bank account.

    To understand your net earnings (the amount deposited in your bank account) you would start with your total gross earnings (from the Fare Breakdown section) and subtract all of the fees that are charged to you by Uber.

    Each person's tax situation is different. To understand more, you can contact your accountant or one of our Momentum partners for more information.

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block Information

  • Which tax service or professional should I use?

    A tax service or professional can help to answer questions specific to your unique tax situation, especially for partners who are new to Uber.

    Who you choose is up to you, however we are working with the tax experts at Airtax and H&R Block to provide discounts for Uber Partners.

    Airtax offer

    H&R Block offer

  • My tax advisor has questions about Uber

    Unfortunately, we aren't able to provide tax advice.

    To help your tax advisor, you can provide them your annual Tax Summary from your Uber profile. This summary provides your total earnings (gross fares), a breakdown of your fees, and other information to help file your taxes.

    Everyone's tax situation is unique to them and unfortunately Uber isn't able to provide tax advice or answer questions specific to your individual tax requirements.

    Your tax advisor or yourself may like to speak to Airtax or HR Block, two of our Momentum Rewards partners, or the ATO directly if you have any further questions.

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block Information

  • I am a rideshare partner and I also deliver with Uber Eats. What service fee am I charged on Uber Eats deliveries?

    Partners are charged the service fee disclosed on your Uber Eats Service Fee Addendum. You can find this on your partner profile.

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  • I am registered for GST and I deliver with Uber Eats? Are Uber Eats fares inclusive of GST?

    Yes, Uber Eats fares are inclusive of GST.

    Airtax Information

    H&R Block Information

  • Does the Uber Eats service fee include GST?

    To see whether your service fee is inclusive of GST, you can check your Uber Eats Service Fee Addendum which is located on your partner profile in the contracts section.

    To understand more, you can contact your accountant or one of our Momentum Rewards partners for more information.

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    Airtax Information

    H&R Block Information

  • I have another tax question

    Keep in mind that everyone's tax circumstances are different and we are unable to provide tax advice.

    If you have further questions, we recommend speaking to a taxation professional, who can give you tax advice specific to your situation.

    We have included some helpful resources below so please take some time to have a read. If you still have questions, select your issue and provide some more info for us to help.

    ABN & GST registration

    GST on Service Fee Info

    Tax Summary and update your ABN here

    ATO Data Matching

    Airtax also created some helpful links to address your questions.