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Jan 17 How to use your Uber 1099-K and 1099-MISC

As an Uber driver and therefore an independent contractor, you’ll receive a 1099 form instead of a W-2. Uber typically sends these out before or around January 31st.

Deciphering these two forms can be tricky, mostly because they contain a lot of information that isn’t particularly useful to you when you’re filing your taxes. In reality, there are only a few numbers that you need to be aware of when you’re using your 1099s to file your taxes.

We’ll walk you through the steps for using these forms to do your Uber taxes correctly!

Check out our Uber Tax Center to get answers to more of your top tax questions!

Step 1: How to read your 1099-K and 1099-MISC

Uber reports earnings on two different forms: the 1099-MISC and the 1099-K. Here’s how to find your earnings on both forms:

You should definitely receive a 1099-K from Uber, because this is what reports your earnings in fares. What you’re looking for here is Box 1a - Gross amount of payment card/third party network transactions.

Uber will send you a different 1099-K for each state in which you've completed trips. So if you've completed trips in both New York and New Jersey, you'll get a 1099-K for each set of fares.

Funny name for earnings right? That’s because Uber is technically a third party network, meaning they facilitate your rideshare business by finding you passengers and transferring payment between the passengers and you. So instead of reporting that you did work for Uber, they report your pay as money earned via Uber.

Is your Uber 1099-K reporting a number higher than what you actually earned?

Don’t worry — this is normal, and the IRS instructions for this form actually require Uber to report the gross amount of payments that they facilitated. That gross number includes what you earned AND Uber’s fees. You will not, I repeat, will not, have to pay taxes on Uber’s fees. You will report the gross amount on the Schedule C, but deduct Uber’s fees as a business expense. No sweat, you will only pay taxes on what you actually earned, and we’ll show you how below.

Want a quick glance of what you earned in 2016? Use our Uber Tax Calculator to know what you’ll actually pay in Uber taxes.

If you receive a 1099-MISC from Uber, it’s because you’ve earned at least $600 from incentives or referrals. This is a gross number like you see on the 1099-K, but it does not include any Uber fees or commissions and should match exactly with what you received in payment from Uber for any promotions, incentives, or referrals. There are a lot of different sections of the form, but what you’re looking for is Box 7 - Nonemployee compensation:

Compare this number with your 2016 Uber Tax Summary for 1099-MISC earnings. They should match up.

However, if you didn’t receive a 1099-MISC, you may still have income to report! Uber only sends a 1099-MISC reporting incentive and referral income if you made at least $600, so even if you didn’t receive one, you should check your Uber Tax Summary to see if you received any of this type of income. You’ll see under the “1099-MISC Breakdown” whether you have income to report in addition to the income on your 1099-K.

Even though you didn’t receive the total amount reported on your 1099-K in your bank account, you still report that total (don’t worry, you won’t pay taxes on Uber’s fees). You’ll add that 1099-K gross number plus your 1099-MISC number to get total earnings (“Gross receipts or sales”). Your next move depends on whether you’re using an accountant, tax filing software, or filling out your own Schedule C:

  • If you’re working with an accountant or tax preparer:Your accountant will know what to do with your 1099s. Make sure they also have your 2016 Uber Tax Summary and any business expenses you plan to write off (like mileage, passenger goodies, etc). Want to make your accountant’s day? The Stride Uber Tax Calculator creates an IRS-Ready report of your 2016 Uber earnings, 2016 taxes owed, plus automatically calculates mileage and other deductions you may have missed. Your accountant will be able to save you even more money with your Stride tax report, and it’s 100% free.
  • If you’re filing using tax software: No adding is necessary for inputting the 1099-MISC and 1099-K. Your tax software will ask you to fill out information from the forms and calculate the sum for you. If you didn’t receive a 1099-MISC but have referral and incentive income to report, you can include it as “Other income” for your business.
  • If you’re filling out a Schedule C: Add the 1099-K and 1099-MISC earnings amounts together. Then, report your total income (from your 1099-MISC and your 1099-K) all on Line 1 of your Schedule C. If you didn’t receive a 1099-MISC but have referral and incentive income to report, you can include it as “Other income” for your business.

This is where things get interesting. As mentioned above, your Uber 1099-K is that Uber’s fees are included in the number reported on your form. That means you’ll need to deduct it as a business expense.

First, you’ll need to sum Uber’s fees. These include fees like the booking fee, which is a separate flat fee added to every trip that helps support safety initiatives for riders and drivers. To add up Uber's fees to determine how much you should claim as an expense, first subtract what you actually earned (excluding referrals and promotions reported on the 1099-MISC) from gross earnings reported on the 1099-K and 1099-MISC. Stride’s free Uber Tax Calculator automatically calculates your actual earnings (minus Uber's fees) for you.

Here's another way to calculate this using your Uber tax summary, as outlined below:

This app lets you schedule an Uber for any time you want

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TaxiLater is an app built with one purpose: letting you schedule an Uber for a specific time.

All you have to do is download the app and input your Uber credentials and you're ready toВ book an Uber for whatever time you want. The app features official Uber integration by tapping into Uber'sВ API, which was first opened up to third-party app developers in 2014, but recently seems to have become more of a priority for the company.

The terms of Uber's API are strict, and some apps that have tried to add this sort of functionality in the past have run afoul of the rules (including a previous incarnation of TaxiLater called TimeTravel). TaxiLater was created byВ Joshua Meier, a student at Harvard, who tells Business Insider that he has been in contact with Uber's team for months making sure he got it all right.

He says the top violations of Uber'sВ terms are appsВ "reselling" Uber's service and "competing" with them. But he's not worried.

"I'm not trying to build a company or monetize here," he says. "I'm just a student who loves coding, saw a problem/opportunity, and thought I could build something that would help people."

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As of August 2016, it looks like Uber is going to try to make this work.

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Schedule c uber

Uber cares a lot for their drivers. Their value prop to the driver is that we may give you lower rates than any other business, but you will be on the road for a much larger percentage of your time, and hence make more money.

Also, drivers are absolutely free to come online on Uber whenever they want.

Pre-booking would cause two major problems to drivers:

  1. The driver has to be ready about half an hour before appointed time. Also, he cannot accept rides in the time leading up to the scheduled time. His utilisation factor is very low in that time period.
  2. Lack of independence. They have to go to the customer at the appointed time, even if they don't want to. That beats the purpose of Uber creating entrepreneurs.

These are the primary reasons why Uber doesn't want to get into pre-booking. I really doubt Uber will build this use case in the near future.

As of today (December 4th 2016), you can schedule Uber rides a number of ways-

It is quite simple to schedule an Uber with Kommen specifically - the steps are

  1. Launch the Kommen app
  2. Sign in with Uber
  3. Click the “+” sign at the top right
  4. Fill in all required fields in the form (pickup location etc)
  5. Confirm your uber & you are done.

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How to schedule an uber in any city

Schedule c uber

How to schedule an uber in any city

Schedule c uber

Where are scheduled rides available?

A: You can schedule a ride in nearly all cities where Uber is available. Check your app to see if Scheduled Rides is available in your area.

A: Scheduled Rides are priced exactly like a normal Uber ride, and are subject to pricing – based on demand – at the time the ride is scheduled for. As we launch new versions of this feature, the pricing may change.

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Q: What if I need to cancel my scheduled ride?

A: No problem. Cancel up to 5 minutes after your scheduled ride is on the way without a cancellation fee. Canceling your scheduled ride after 5 minutes will result in our standard cancellation fee.

A: Uber actively monitors availability to ensure that a car will arrive during the period you schedule a ride, but does not guarantee your scheduled ride. In the rare case a car cannot be found, you’ll be notified immediately.