Taxpayers who work in the gig economy may benefit from having a better understanding of how their work affects their taxes.
People involved in the gig economy earn income as freelancers, independent workers, or employees. They use technology to provide goods or services, including renting out a home or spare bedroom and providing car rides.
Here are some things taxpayers should know about the gig economy and taxes:
- Money earned through this work may be taxable.
- Tax implications exist for the company providing the platform and the individual performing the services.
This income may be taxable even if the taxpayer providing the service doesn’t receive a Form 1099-MISC, Form 1099-K, or Form W-2. This income may also be taxable if the activity is only part-time, side work, or if you’re paid in cash.
*This information is not intended to substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov7
Footnotes and Sources
- IRS.gov, April 4, 2023