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2016 tax info for 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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How to view tax info or print 1099 forms

Your 2016 tax info is available to view and download in the 'Tax Info' tab of your Driver Dashboard. To view a 1099 form:

  1. Open your Lyft app
  2. Tap your profile photo in the top left corner 
  3. Tap 'Dashboard'
  4. Tap the menu icon in the upper corner of the screen
  5. Tap the 'Tax Information' tab
  6. Tap the link to view your 1099

To print a 1099 form: 

  1. Log in to your Driver Dashboard at http://www.lyft.com/login on a desktop or laptop
  2. Tap the 'Tax information' tab
  3. Tap the 1099 link you want to view
  4. Tap the file from your toolbar
  5. Tap 'Print'

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Proof of income

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

If you need to access a history of weekly summaries, 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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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 Form 1099 from Lyft. The following drivers will receive these types of Form 1099s:

  • Form 1099-K: Drivers who earned at least $600 in gross ride receipts from passengers in the last year will receive a Form 1099-K.
  • Form 1099-MISC: Drivers who earned at least $600 from activities other than driving (e.g., referral bonuses, Express Drive bonuses, Mentoring, or other incentives) in the last year will receive a Form 1099-MISC.

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 receipts from all rides you were paid for in 2016 (excluding 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 Intuit at Tax Help for Lyft Drivers: How to File Your Lyft 1099.

  • Heads up: This gross amount includes the Lyft commission 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 commission 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 not related to ride earnings, like referral bonuses, Express Drive bonuses, or Mentoring.

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, 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.

Need more info? Try using the IRS, TurboTax, or Intuit as resources for filing your Lyft earnings without a Form 1099.

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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:

  • Referral bonuses 
  • Mentor payments
  • Express Drive bonuses
  • Damage fees
  • Incentives like Average Hourly Guarantees

Ride earnings include:

  • Ride payments from passengers
  • Tips
  • Tolls
  • Power Driver Bonuses
  • Cancellation fees

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Driver Dashboard troubleshooter

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

If you can’t access your Driver Dashboard, 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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