Uber Drivers Forum banner

Ball of Confusion

1548 Views 14 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  Michael-MS
Since the State regulations are approved, there certainly has been conflicting and/or confusing emails and texts from Uber & Lyft.

1. Uber just sent me an email informing me that "partners" must obtain a State Business license.
2. Lyft sent me an email Friday afternoon telling me I'm approved and to start driving. An hour or so later another email my background check was almost completed and stand by. Then, today, a "congratulations on passing your mentor drive" (never happened) and "you're approved and start driving" email.

I'm not going to complain about requiring a business license. I see nothing in the approved regulations mandating it. And Lyft has said nothing about it. I find it strange Uber sends it out, but Lyft didn't. To obtain a State business license, new drivers will be subject to a $200 fee and be required to file online quarterly income statements. According to the statutes, a minimum $1000 fine can be assessed if you're caught not having one. I do see one "loophole" that might apply to part-time drivers, but I'll reserve judgment on that until next week.

I like the Lyft concept but I'm not 100% confident in their efforts so far. Their vehicle inspection was a joke...a manager checking if your car lights worked. A look on their website and Las Vegas is not mentioned in local businesses wanting to do marketing partnerships. And, of course, the mixed and confusing messages to "start driving" when we know their application isn't approved yet.

I'll wait until Tuesday to see if the fog clears. But right now I feel sorry for new drivers that aren't as well informed as those that frequent these forums.
1 - 6 of 15 Posts
Did it not read that Uber needs to apply for a business license?
That's what the head of the Clark County Business License Bureau was quoted as saying. But that might be in regards to the County regulations being discussed. I don't think she'd have authority over a State law interpretation.
Do you know what type of license we'd need to obtain? Sole proprietor or partnership? and any other details?
I would wait until Tuesday or Wednesday and see what pans out or call the number in the Uber email Monday. I'm no legal expert by any means. If you truly have to get a license most would be sole proprietor as you're in business for yourself.

Edit - Throughout the country many states and cities do require Uber drivers to have business licenses, Some more strict than others. So it's not unusual. However it's just confusing at this point.
Lol, imagine the phone calls on Monday.

Yes, an LLC might make sense. However, the license fee will scare off quite a few so I doubt they'll want to pay the fees, etc. to become an LLC. Potential drivers really need to bone up on taxes, etc.
And everyone who had connected were screaming "200 mf-ing dollars! Uber should pay!"
  • Like
Reactions: 1
Michael, first off, wait until this week...I'm almost positive the State will clarify it.

But, it's pretty clear -
"NRS 76.020  “Business” defined.

1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, “business” means:

(a) Any person, except a natural person, that performs a service or engages in a trade for profit;

(b) Any natural person who performs a service or engages in a trade for profit if the person is required to file with the Internal Revenue Service a Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business Form, or its equivalent or successor form, a Schedule E (Form 1040), Supplemental Income and Loss Form, or its equivalent or successor form, or a Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Farming Form, or its equivalent or successor form, for that activity;"

If you're an independent contractor, you'll be (or should be) filing taxes taking mileage deductions, etc. Uber will be sending you a1099 at years end so you have to declare the income. There's a whole section on these forums regarding that. That's the "Schedule C" they're mentioning.

So, let's wait together until later this week and see what the State decides.
See less See more
1 - 6 of 15 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.