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Uber/Lyft Drivers Maximize Your Tax Deductions

When you use your personal auto to drive for Uber/Lyft certain expenses must be allocated between business use and personal use. The amount deductible is based on a percentage generally calculated by dividing the total deductible miles for the activity by the total miles the vehicle was driven for all purposes during the year. 

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Only the business portion of the following items of expense paid by a driver, or collected by  Uber/Lyft on the driver’s behalf, can be deducted.

  • Uber Fuel Card Fees

  • Property Taxes

  • Interest on Auto Loans

  • Lease Payments*

  • Fuel, Oil, and Tires*

  • Repairs and Maintenance (including car washes)*

  • Insurance*

  • Registration and Tags*

  • Parking
    *Expenses that are covered by the standard mileage rate, and therefore not deductible in addition to the amount deducted based on that rate.

The following items of expense paid by a driver, or collected by Uber/Lyft on the driver’s behalf, are fully deductible as a business expense.

  • The Uber Fee

  • Uber Provided Device Subscriptions

  • Tolls Incurred During  On-Trip Mileage

  • Sales Tax Collected

  • Black Car Fund Fees

  • City Fees

  • Airport Fees

  • Split Fare Fees

  • Safe Rides Fees
    *Refreshments provided solely to riders. Items you consume are in most cases nondeductible.

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