This guest post comes from our friends at Intuit, the makers of TurboTax and QuickBooks Self-Employed.
Whew! Tax season is finally over. Filing ridesharing taxes can be complicated. And we’re so glad we got to help you during this busy and stressful time. Check out all the cool stuff we did together, including our sweepstakes and tax tour.
Meet Tavynn — Our $10,000 Sweepstakes Winner
To sweeten tax season for drivers, TurboTax® + Lyft gave away hundreds of prizes, including a $10,000 Grand Prize awarded to Tavynn T. of Lexington, Kentucky. She drives with Lyft when she’s not at her full-time dentist assistant job. Read on to get to know Tavynn a little bit better.
Intuit: Why did you originally start driving with Lyft?
Tavynn: A friend of mine referred me. I’m a single mom so working for Lyft was the best way to make extra cash and make my own schedule. I can make more money than going to work at Walmart or McDonald’s. And I can easily find a babysitter for my 4-year-old daughter for short periods of time. The flexibility with my daughter is very important—if she gets sick, I’m not responsible for canceling work because I make my own schedule.
Intuit: What do you like about driving for Lyft?
Tavynn: I love meeting new people and I have lots of good stories…there’s never a dull moment!
Intuit: What was your reaction when you found out you’re our sweepstakes winner?
Tavynn: I received an extremely HUGE blessing. I paid up the mortgage for the year, and I’d like to plan a vacation with my daughter to Disney World!
2017 Lyft Hub Tax Tour Recap
Lyft drivers are always on the go, so we came to you. This year, we embarked on a seven-city tour across the U.S. where QuickBooks Self-Employed product gurus and tax experts helped Lyft drivers with tax support. Thank you for hanging out with us at the 2017 Lyft Hub Tax Tour!
From Seattle to Boston, we met over 100 Lyft drivers who had tax questions or needed help filing with TurboTax. Here are some things we discovered together:
- New drivers needed a “heads-up” on how to best prepare for their first tax season (estimate quarterly taxes, keep track of receipts, types of deductions to take, and more).
- Drivers who got their first 1099 appreciated the in-person help in finding their 1099 on the driver dashboard, plus getting a crash-course on how to identify top deductions for the year.
- Seasoned drivers were impressed with how easy it was to do their own taxes with TurboTax Self-Employed, and get personalized help from our Tax Experts or online through SmartLook.
Missed the Lyft Hub Tax Tour? Here’s What You Can Do
We appreciated hearing about your questions and concerns. It’s spurred us on to learn more so that we can help Lyft drivers more effectively, not just at tax time but all year long. For now, check out these great resources for more information on ridesharing taxes. Learn how to save money on taxes or how to keep more of what you’ve earned.
- Standard Mileage vs. Actual Expenses, Which Makes More Sense for Me?
- What Miles Can a Lyft Driver Deduct?
- The Procrastinator's Guide to Filing Ridesharing Taxes
“I would like to thank everyone involved with the Lyft Tax Tour here in Las Vegas. Filing your taxes can be both stressful and complicated. When I arrived there all my questions were answered and I was so impressed with all the help I received. The friendly, courteous Intuit staff made me feel so comfortable, and were extremely helpful. I very much look forward to continuing my partnership with Lyft and hope to see the Lyft Tax Tour staff again next year. Thanks again for everything!”
-Mike N., Las Vegas, NV
Looking Ahead: Quarterly Taxes Are Due June 15
Did you know your next quarterly taxes are due soon on June 15, 2017? Make this your most organized tax year yet by using QuickBooks Self-Employed to maximize your deductions and get the max refund on your 2017 tax return.
As a reminder, Lyft does not provide tax advice.