Attention Delivery Drivers: Tax Deductions for You that Maximize Take Home Income
An overview of tax deductions for delivery drivers and couriers (some you don’t know). Reduce your gross taxable income.
There are many advantages to being a delivery driver. Often called a courier. One advantage is self employment. Self employment gives delivery drivers autonomy over their schedule and life. Delivery drivers are a bit like a small business. In addition, delivery drivers have to manage businesses expenses. Continue reading for tips about how to do this.
Delivery drivers have unique business costs that are important to understand if you’re a DoorDash driver, GrubHub driver, PostMates driver, Amazon delivery driver, UberEATS driver or InstaCart driver (to name a few). It’s important to understand the proper way to account for delivery driver tax deductions. Maximizing tax deductions increases a delivery driver’s take home income. More on that below.
There are many delivery driver tax deductions. Most are for expenses related to the cost of doing business. For example, the operation and use of the car or vehicle used for deliveries. We explain each of these next.
Expenses Related to Transportation: Cars, Vehicle, Scooters, Bike
For Deliveries by Car, Choose a Mileage Expense Deduction Method
Each mile you drive for a delivery is tax deductible.
First choose your mileage expense tax deduction method.
You have two options*:
- Actual Car Expense Method
The actual car expense method is a method where the tax payer deducts each individual expense. For example, the tax payer deducts separately depreciation, lease payments, registration fees, etc.
- Standard Mileage Rate
The standard mileage rate is a method for deducting car expenses that uses a per mile driven amount. This amount is predetermined by the IRS. Use this method if you own or lease your delivery vehicle. For the last 5+ years this amount has been around fifty cents per mile. The Standard Mileage Rate method is convenient. Instead of spending a lot of time to itemize each expense, as done in the Actual Car Expense method, all expenses are included in a single per mile rate. Each year the IRS takes into consideration the cost of fuel, maintenance and the current economic environment to calculate the standard mileage rate. This method is straight forward and often easier.
*These two options are only for delivery drivers that use a car or vehicle for deliveries.
Review the following article for detailed information about each of these deduction methods, which one to choose and how to use them, Actual Car Expense Method vs Standard Mileage Rate.
Standard Mileage Rate Method
Please refer to the following article for the most up to date per mile rates for the standard mileage rate method, IRS Standard Mileage Rate.
Other, Non Transportation, Deducible Business Expenses
There are other tax deductible business expenses available to delivery drivers and couriers. These expenses include:
- Health insurance
- Communications: Phone and phone accessories such as car charger and car mount.
- The cost of hot bags and hot blankets in addition to backpacks
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What are the Top Expense Deductions for Delivery Drivers?
Mileage and vehicle related expenses are unarguably the top expense deductions for delivery drivers.
Commonly Overlooked Expense Deductions for Delivery Drivers
It’s not uncommon for delivery drivers and couriers to overlook miscellaneous business expenses. For example, expenses for items and services used specifically for work such as car maintenance expenses (for those using the actual expense method), cost of phone supplies such as car mounts, etc. With that said, most items you purchase to use as part of your work are likely deductible. They are at least partially deductible if not completely tax deductible.
Self Employment Tax
There are taxes you should be aware of as a self employed delivery driver. For example, Medicare and Social Security Taxes. Did you know that self employed individuals pay their own Medicare and Social Security Tax? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Read the following article for details about self employment tax, What is Self Employment Tax?
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