23 Tax Write-Offs for Lyft and Uber Drivers

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Many people turn to rideshare driving as a flexible way to earn money on their own schedule — whether full-time or as a part-time gig. But life on the open road can become less appealing when faced with the task of filing 1099 taxes.

Here at Keeper, we're hoping to make tax season a smoother ride by listing a bunch of the write-offs that can help Uber and Lyft drivers save a significant amount of money on their taxes.

There are, of course, many car-related deductions you can claim, like the cost of gas or depreciation. But other things count too, like the cost of a music service subscription or refreshments you keep in your car for riders!

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Car accessories
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 22

You can write off any phone chargers and other accessories for passengers to use in the car.

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Productivity apps
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Any work-related apps, including for navigation and taxes (like Keeper!) can be written off.

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Passenger refreshments
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Snacks and bottled drinks that you offer to passengers are tax-deductible.

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Music service subscriptions
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Sirius XM, and other subscriptions used to entertain passengers are write-offs.

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Car washing & detailing
Write it off using:

Schedule C, 27a

Car cleaning services to keep your vehicle looking nice and presentable are deductible.

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Floor mats & seat covers
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 22

Write off items like seat covers and floor mats that keep your car clean when passengers ride.

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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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If you drive for work ...

Some rideshare companies will supply drivers with company-owned vehicles. If you drive a company car, feel free to write off all the gas and upkeep you pay for out of pocket.

If you drive your own car to pick up passengers — and for other work-related tasks like getting your car cleaned, inspected, or repaired — you can claim even more car expenses on your taxes, including vehicle depreciation.

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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 ...

As a rideshare driver, you can write off a restaurant expense if the reason you're there is to chat about work with a fellow driver or potential client.

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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 ...

If you drive a passenger to an out-of-town destination that's at least 100 miles from your home base, you can claim associated trip costs — like booking a hotel to sleep in before heading back into town. This also applies if you travel to, say, SXSW specifically to drive for Uber or Lyft.

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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 ...

As a rideshare driver, most of your work likely happens on the road. So being able to claim home office expenses is relatively unusual.

Still, some drivers build up their own brands outside of Lyft, Uber, and other gig apps — sourcing passengers and maintaining independent businesses from home. If you do any marketing or business development work of that nature, you can claim some of your home office expenses.

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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!