21 Tax Write-Offs for Amazon Flex Drivers

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Driving for Amazon flex can be a good way to earn supplemental income. And knowing your tax write-offs can be a good way to keep that income in your pocket!

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Beyond just mileage or car expenses, getting a 1099 from Amazon means that you can claim a lot of other expenses as tax write-offs: the phone you use to call residents with a locked gate, the insurance and down payments on your car, and many more.

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Read on to find out everything you should be claiming when you file your taxes.

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Hot bags & courier backpacks
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 22

Insulated bags or backpacks used to keep food warm while delivering are fully deductible.

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Commissions & fees
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 10

Any commissions and fees charged by delivery apps are fully deductible.

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Phone & accessories
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Part of your actual phone's cost, monthly phone bill, and any accessories you use for work can be written off.

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Phone bill
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

If you use your phone for work (who doesn't?), then a part of your phone bill is tax-deductible.

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Uniforms
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Any uniform you're required to wear on the job can be deducted from your taxes.

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If you drive for work ...

When you drive for Amazon Flex, your office is the open road. That means the biggest chunk of your work expenses will come from what you're spending on your car. And that means more than just gas!

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Parking
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Parking for a meeting downtown, or any other work trip, is tax-deductible!

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Tolls
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

A toll while driving to or from a work destination is tax-deductible!

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Car purchase & depreciation
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 13

If you buy a new car, you can write off part of the cost every year for five years.

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Vehicle tool kit
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 22

Flashlights, tire iron, duct tape, and other tools you may need in your vehicle are deductible.

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Car insurance & registration
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 15

Car insurance monthly fees, registration, even roadside assistance are partially deductible.

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Car maintenance
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 9

Oil changes, repairs, and regular checkups are all tax-deductible if you drive for work.

If you discuss work at a restaurant ...

You can write off the cost of lunch or dinner if you're using the meal to talk shop. That might mean chatting with someone who's thinking of signing up as an Amazon Flex driver, or learning tips from a veteran delivery driver.

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Business meals
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24b

If you discuss work with a coworker, mentor, client, or prospective client, it's a write-off!

If you leave town for work ...

On the off-chance you attend a work-related event, or pick up Amazon Flex orders somewhere livelier than your hometown, you can write off what it cost you to travel there.

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Transportation
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

Planes, trains, and car rentals are all work-related travel costs that can be written off.

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Travel lodging
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

When you travel for work, lodging expenses such as hotel rooms or Airbnb are write offs.

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Meals while traveling
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

When you're traveling for work, all meals are tax-deductible. Even takeout!

If you work from home ...

Most of your work will happen out on the road, so home office expenses aren't as likely to be relevant for you. Still, don't sleep on them if you do happen to work from a dedicated workstation in your apartment or house. That might mean, say, building up your own, branded delivery business apart from Amazon Flex by working on client development and branding.

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Home office furniture
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 18

A desk, chairs, lamps, and other home office necessities are all tax write-offs.

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Property repairs
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 21

You can write off up to $2,500 for individual repairs to your property.

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Power bill
Write it off using:

Form 8829

Gotta keep the lights on in your home office! A portion of your electricity bill counts.

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Property insurance
Write it off using:

Form 8829

Whether it's rental or homeowners insurance, you can write off a portion through your home office deduction.

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Water bill
Write it off using:

Form 8829

It'd be hard to work in an office without running water, huh? You water bill counts.

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Wi-Fi bill
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 25

Your Comcast bill is a tax write-off. You need internet to do your job!