Tax FAQ and online resources
Find answers to common questions about filing your tax return.
Frequently asked questions
- How do I opt in for a mailed copy of my 1099s?
You may opt-in for a mailed copy of your 1099 forms by December 31, 2020 by going to drivers.uber.com, selecting the Tax Settings tab along the top of the page, and then unchecking the box next to "Go Green! Download 1099 forms electronically!"
Not all drivers and delivery people will receive 1099s. For more information, please review “What is the 1099-K”, "What is the 1099-NEC", and “What is the 1099-MISC” questions below or at IRS.gov.
All drivers and delivery people will receive a tax summary which is available on the Tax Information tab of drivers.uber.com.
- How do I update the information to be used on my 1099s?
To verify your full legal name, Tax Identification Number (TIN), and address, go to drivers.uber.com and navigate to Tax Settings along the top of the page. You will want to make sure your account profile name matches your legal name.
Should you face any issues when updating your information in the Tax Settings page, you can reach out to the support team through help.uber.com.
Not all drivers and delivery people will receive 1099s. For more information, please review “What is the 1099-K”, "What is the 1099-NEC", and “What is the 1099-MISC” questions below or on IRS.gov.
- What is the 1099-K?
The 1099-K form reports all on-trip transactions between riders and drivers. We'll provide you with a 1099-K if you earned more than $20,000 in on-trip transactions and provided more than 200 rides. You can learn more about Form 1099-K at IRS.gov.
Note: Certain states have implemented lower reporting thresholds. Therefore, you might receive a 1099-K for amounts that are below $20,000. In addition, drivers and delivery people who have backup withholding during the year will receive a 1099-K regardless of any federal or state thresholds. Backup withholding tax will be reported in Box 4 on 1099-K form.
- What is the 1099-NEC?
- What is the 1099-MISC?
- What is the Uber tax summary used for?
The tax summary provides a detailed breakdown of your annual earnings and business-related expenses that may be deductible. Potential deductible business-related expenses may vary depending on how your business is set up.
You’ll receive an Uber tax summary on your driver dashboard before January 31, 2021.
This year’s tax summary will include a record of all your online miles for the year, which may be deductible. Total online miles include all the miles you drove waiting for a trip, en route to a rider, and on a trip.
- Are there business expenses that are deductible?
Drivers use the Uber platform in different ways. Potential deductible business-related expenses may vary depending on how your business is set up. Your tax summary provides a breakdown of business-related expenses that may be deductible.
We recommend that you seek guidance from a qualified tax service like TurboTax and/or contact an independent tax professional to better understand your possible deductions.
- Where can I find my tax documents?
Your tax documents will be available at drivers.uber.com by January 31, 2021.
- What if my tax statement amount does not match my direct deposit amount?
Don’t worry! The total on your 1099 will not match the total deposits in your bank account. This is because the total amount deposited to you is your net earnings (your total fares after fees to Uber). In comparison, the 1099-K lists your gross payments for third-party transactions (in this case, payments from riders for trips). Fees paid to others may be deductible. These potentially deductible pieces of your gross earnings are noted on your Uber tax summary.
- What if my tax advisor has questions about Uber?
Your Uber tax summary and pay statements will be available on your driver dashboard and can help you—or anyone helping you—prepare your taxes and better understand your annual earnings. Your tax summary provides a view of your yearly transactions.
For more detailed information, we recommend that you seek guidance from a qualified tax service like TurboTax.
- Do I owe quarterly taxes?
As an independent contractor, you may owe quarterly taxes for your Uber earnings. Here are estimated quarterly deadlines:
When to pay estimated tax
Payment period January 1 – March 31
- Due Date: April 15
Payment period April 1 – May 31
- Due Date: June 15
Payment period June 1 – August 31
- Due date: September 15
Payment period September 1 – December 31
- Due date: January 15 of the following year
You can learn more on the IRS website.
- What if I am a delivery person on Uber Eats?
The tax process is the same for delivery people. As an independent contractor, you may receive a 1099-K, 1099-NEC and/or 1099-MISC form. The 1099-K form reports payments from third-party transactions (in this case, transactions between eaters and delivery people. We will provide you with a 1099-K if you earned more than $20,000 from on-trip transactions (your trip transaction amounts before Uber-related fees) from eaters and provided at least 200 deliveries.
- What if I drive with both Uber Eats and Uber?
If your accounts for Uber Eats and Uber use the same email address, your earnings from deliveries and rides will be combined to determine if you meet the earnings and trip criteria to receive a 1099-K, 1099-NEC, and/or a 1099-MISC. You will receive one tax summary for all activity with Uber Eats and Uber.
If your accounts for Uber Eats and Uber use a different email address, your earnings from deliveries and rides will separately determine if you meet the earnings and trip criteria to receive a 1099-K, 1099-NEC, and/or a 1099-MISC. You will receive two tax summaries: one activity with Uber Eats and another for Uber.
- What about tips?
Your tips are included in the gross earnings total on your tax documents and are considered taxable income. We recommend seeking guidance from a qualified tax service like TurboTax and/or contacting an independent tax professional for more specific answers to tax questions.
Additional online resources
- Tax tips for Uber drivers: understanding your taxes
- How to use your Uber 1099s: taxes for Uber drivers
- Form 1099-K decoded for the self-employed
- Key tax reform changes that could affect you next year
Understanding your deductions
- Self-employed expense estimator
- Standard mileage vs. actual expenses: getting the biggest tax deduction
- Top tax write-offs for the self-employed
- Driving down taxes: auto-related tax deductions