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So I've been reading a few threads here. I've drove about 9728 miles and earned about $8816.42. I read that using actual mileage to file my taxes is the way to go. If I do this what else can I deduct?
-window tint?
-water for passengers?
-toll for crossing bridges to places where I would uber that day? living in the bay area there are a few bridges
-car washer?
-cell phone bill?
not sure what else i'm missing...
 

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So I've been reading a few threads here. I've drove about 9728 miles and earned about $8816.42. I read that using actual mileage to file my taxes is the way to go. If I do this what else can I deduct?
-window tint?
-water for passengers?
-toll for crossing bridges to places where I would uber that day? living in the bay area there are a few bridges
-car washer?
-cell phone bill?
not sure what else i'm missing...
Window Tint is a customer comfort item, but you may not be able to take 100% of it as it is not 100% for the pax comfort. Since this is technically a personal vehicle, tint may not be considered 100% for Uber. Depending on how much you spent on the tint, it may not be worth as a line item.
Water is also a customer comfort item but how much do you actually spend, for the pax, in water each year?
Tolls should be reimbursed and appear on your 1099 shouldn't it?
Car wash, no, that's part of your mileage deduction for maintenance
Cell phone bill only the portion that you use for Uber, not the entire bill unless you have a dedicated phone that you use 100% only for Uber.
 

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So I've been reading a few threads here. I've drove about 9728 miles and earned about $8816.42. I read that using actual mileage to file my taxes is the way to go. If I do this what else can I deduct?
-window tint?
-water for passengers?
-toll for crossing bridges to places where I would uber that day? living in the bay area there are a few bridges
-car washer?
-cell phone bill?
not sure what else i'm missing...
Is the earnings of $8816.42 from your 1099 or was it the total deposits to your bank acct from Uber?
 

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Window Tint is a customer comfort item, but you may not be able to take 100% of it as it is not 100% for the pax comfort. Since this is technically a personal vehicle, tint may not be considered 100% for Uber. Depending on how much you spent on the tint, it may not be worth as a line item.
Water is also a customer comfort item but how much do you actually spend, for the pax, in water each year?
Tolls should be reimbursed and appear on your 1099 shouldn't it?
Car wash, no, that's part of your mileage deduction for maintenance
Cell phone bill only the portion that you use for Uber, not the entire bill unless you have a dedicated phone that you use 100% only for Uber.
Window tint is a vehicle upgrade. It would be added to the basis (cost) of the vehicle.
 

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The way I read it and how my brother in law (who is a CPA and has helped his dad with their family business) read it is that the standard mileage deduction is in regards to ANYTHING that goes into or onto the car. Gas, Oil, Maintenance, Tint, Car Washes, etc all go along with the standard deduction.

THIS is why its very very important to keep a VERY detailed list of your expenses, sometimes its not best to use the standard deduction but if you don't you'd be better off getting a CPA or knowing the rules very very well. Some folks on here have said that they don't move their cars unless they are driving for a rideshare program so it would behoove them not to take the standard deduction.

In regards to meals (water/snacks) as long as it's given for the purpose of conducting business you're good. Like Steve said a percentage of your cell phone bill can go towards it.

Be forewarned that the forms and websites will normally NOT limit you on what you can enter for deductions so you must make sure your information is correct. The only real weird part that doesn't seem to be written in black and white is when your miles are able to be claimed. For example I like driving downtown Dallas or the Airport but they are over an hour away, and how we interpret it it can be said that from the moment I leave my house going towards work those miles count. Some folks say they count the miles home once done, this is still what I'm figuring out. That being said I am a spreadsheet/data ***** and keep very detailed records so I could easily add or remove that information as needed (thank you google sheets!)

Hope that helped! Also NEVER rely completely on tax information from anyone but a professional, that being said even IRS folks get it wrong.
 
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