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Tax information for US drivers

Use the following article to begin preparing your taxes as a Lyft driver. We'll do our best to break taxes down for you, but keep in mind that the following isn't tax advice.

For questions about your specific tax situation or how to file taxes, speak with a tax professional in good standing with the IRS. 

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How drivers are classified

Drivers and riders are users of the platform and aren't employees of the company. As members of the community platform, drivers and riders aren't entitled to benefits, worker's compensation, or unemployment insurance.

Lyft is a peer-to-peer transportation platform, meaning drivers use their own cars to pick up passengers, who use the app to request a ride. Because Lyft is committed to safety and community, drivers go through a series of screenings, including background checks and car safety inspections.

Lyft doesn't fit into the traditional taxi or limousine model. Our government relations team works hard to create regulations that fit the needs of drivers and passengers, and, most importantly, keep everyone safe.

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Proof of income

We've found that weekly pay statements or annual earnings will suffice for most cases (for example, loan applications).

If you need to access a history of weekly pay statements, log in to the Dashboard and tap 'Driving History.' From there you can view your summaries and earnings by ride, day, week, and year.

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 How to view and download tax info and 1099 forms

We provide tax information for any given tax year by January 31st of the following year. 

Your Annual Summary and any 1099 forms you qualified for (requirements below) are available in your Driver Dashboard. 

To view or download using a computer:

  1. Log into the Dashboard at https://lyft.com/login 
  2. Go to the 'Tax Information' tab
  3. Under the ‘Documents’ header, select ‘Download’ to download your Annual Summary or tax forms

To view in your Lyft Driver app:

  1. Open your Lyft Driver app
  2. Tap your profile photo in the top left
  3. Tap 'Dashboard'
  4. Tap the menu icon in the top left
  5. Tap 'Tax Information'
  6. Under the ‘Documents’ header, select ‘Download’ to view your Annual Summary or tax forms

You can switch between years using the pink links at the top of the page. If you qualified for a 1099 form, it will be available here. All drivers will have an Annual Summary with their earnings details as long as they had earnings during that tax year.

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Form 1099 Eligibility

All drivers are considered users of the Lyft platform. No matter the type of income you report, you are not considered an employee of Lyft.

Some, but not all, drivers are eligible to receive a 1099-K or 1099-MISC from Lyft. The following drivers will receive these types of 1099s:

To qualify to receive a 1099 from us, you must have met the following requirements:

2018 tax year

  • 1099-K: At least 200 rides and at least $20,000 in gross ride receipts from passengers in the year. If you were a resident of Vermont or Massachusetts in 2018, you would need to have earned at least $600 in gross ride receipts from passengers during the year. There is also no requirement for the number of rides given for residents of these states
  • 1099-MISC: At least $600 from activities other than driving (example: referral bonuses, weekly guarantee, other bonuses) in the year

2016 and 2017 tax years or later

  • 1099-K: At least $600 in gross ride receipts from passengers during the year
  • 1099-MISC: At least $600 from activities other than driving (example: referral bonuses, weekly guarantee, or other bonuses) in the year

2015 tax year or earlier

  • 1099-K: At least 200 rides and at least $20,000 in gross ride receipts from passengers in the year
  • 1099-MISC: At least $600 from activities other than driving (example: referral bonuses, weekly guarantee, other bonuses) in the year

Tax filing resources

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Drivers with Form 1099-K or 1099-MISC

1099-K: If you receive a 1099-K from us, the dollar amount in Box 1 consists of the gross ride receipts from passengers from all rides completed during the year (including the Service Fee and other third-party fees, such as airport and city fees, sales tax, and other taxes if applicable).

See more instructions and graphics from our partner TurboTax at How to use your Lyft 1099

  • Heads up: This gross amount includes Lyft fees and tolls, so the number will be larger than what you took home in ride-related earnings. The 1099-K doesn’t provide a separate box for Lyft to report its cumulative fees or tolls to you, but you can find these breakdowns in the 'Tax Information' tab of the Driver Dashboard.

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1099-MISC: If you receive a 1099-MISC, the dollar amount in Box 7 is all income that isn't related to ride earnings, like referral or Express Drive bonuses.

See more instructions and graphics from our partner Intuit at Tax Help for Lyft Drivers: How to File Your Lyft 1099.

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Drivers without Form 1099

Not eligible for a Form 1099? No sweat. Whether you receive a form or not, we’ll provide an annual summary in the Driver Dashboard with your yearly driver stats.

Your driver stats will include the number of rides you gave, gross earnings from rides, non-ride earnings (such as incentives or referral bonuses), tolls, and mileage information.

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Driver Dashboard annual summary

The Driver Dashboard annual summary shows your gross and net earnings and your total miles.

Non-ride earnings include:

  • Earnings Guarantees
  • Weekly Ride Challenges
  • Rental Rewards for Express Drive
  • Referral bonuses
  • Manual bonuses
  • Promotion bonuses

Ride earnings include:

  • Payments from passengers
  • Tips from passengers
  • Tolls automatically charged to passengers and paid to drivers
  • Cancellation fees
  • Lyft's fees (where applicable)

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Troubleshooting the Driver Dashboard

The Driver Dashboard is available for all drivers, even those who have been deactivated.

If you can't access your Driver Dashboard, try logging into the Driver Dashboard using a computer (or mobile web browser) at lyft.com/login instead of through your app.

If you are still having trouble, it may be because you have a new name, address, or phone number. Learn How to change your address or phone number.

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B notices

If you received a Backup Withholding Notice (“B Notice”) from the IRS, this is because the IRS has indicated an issue with the name and/or Taxpayer Identification Number (“TIN”) you provided to Lyft in a previous year. In many cases, this could be simply due to a typo in tax information you provided to Lyft.

To correct this, the IRS will require that you provide Lyft with certain information. The B Notice Lyft has passed on to you will explain the IRS’s instructions.

If the information requested is not provided to Lyft within 15 days of when the notification was sent to you, the IRS requires that Lyft withholds a percentage of your earnings to remit to the IRS. This backup withholding will be reported on a 1099 tax form so that you can account for it on your next income tax return.

For questions about your tax status or for advice on how to file your tax return, please consult with a tax professional.

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Region-specific taxes

Hawaii

Drivers in Hawaii may owe Gross Excise Tax ("GET") on their gross income. For additional information see Hawaii Tax Information Release No. 2018-01 and the Hawaiian Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs' Business Action Center. Always consult with a tax advisor.

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Save on filing your taxes with TurboTax

We’re partnering with TurboTax and offering all drivers free access to TurboTax Self-Employed and 50% off TurboTax Live Self-Employed.

All drivers qualify for the following perks:

TurboTax Self Employed

  • Free federal filing until 4/15
  • Free state filing until 2/29

TurboTax Live Self-Employed

  • 50% off federal filing until 4/15
  • 50% off state filing until 2/29

Drivers in the Platinum tier of Lyft Rewards qualify for the following perks:

TurboTax Self-Employed

  • Free federal and state filing until 4/15

TurboTax Live Self-Employed

  • 50% off federal filing and free state filing until 4/15

Right now, Lyft Rewards is only available to some drivers. Learn more about Lyft Rewards.

You can claim your TurboTax offer in the ‘Tax Information’ tab of your Driver Dashboard. 

As a heads up, you must access TurboTax through your Driver Dashboard in order for the discount to apply. 

If you access TurboTax through your Dashboard and then later access TurboTax directly through their website, the discount will not apply. Lyft is not responsible for fees incurred by accessing TurboTax directly.

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 B notice FAQs

Did I provide the correct information to resolve my B Notice?

Lyft is unable to confirm if the information you provide for tax purposes is accurate to the IRS’s database. If you are unsure that you've provided the correct information to resolve your B Notice, we recommend that you consult a tax professional.

May I use Express Pay or Lyft Direct while B Notice backup withholding is applied to my account?

Unfortunately, you will not be able to use Express Pay or Lyft Direct until you resolve your B Notice and withholding is lifted from your account. Any earnings that you receive while subject to backup withholding will be included in your weekly deposits on Tuesdays.

The IRS said there was nothing wrong with my tax return.

A B Notice is not connected to your tax return. The notice was issued regarding the tax information you provided to Lyft that was subsequently used on a 1099 tax form. To resolve your B Notice and prevent backup withholding, we recommend following the steps outlined in the B Notice instructions.

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Region-specific taxes

Hawaii

Drivers in Hawaii may owe Gross Excise Tax ("GET") on their gross income. For additional information see Hawaii Tax Information Release No. 2018-01 and the Hawaiian Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs' Business Action Center. Always consult with a tax advisor.

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