By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
The IRS launched a new Gig Economy Tax Center on IRS.gov to help people in this growing area meet their tax obligations through more streamlined information. The gig economy is also known as the sharing, on-demand or access economy. It usually includes businesses that operate an app or website to connect people to provide services to customers. While there are many types of gig economy businesses, ride-sharing and home rentals are two of the most popular.
Educating gig economy workers about their tax obligations is vital because many don’t receive W-2 forms, 1099s or other information returns for their work in the gig economy. However, income from these sources is generally taxable, regardless of whether workers receive information returns. This is true even if the work is full time, part time or if the person is paid in cash. Workers may also be required to make quarterly estimated income tax payments, pay their share of Federal Insurance Contribution (FICA), Medicare and Additional Medicare taxes if they are employees and pay self-employment taxes if they are not considered to be employees.
The Gig Economy Tax Center streamlines various resources, making it easier for taxpayers to find information about the tax implications for the companies that provide the services and the individuals who perform them. It offers tips and resources on a variety of topics including:
- filing requirements
- making quarterly estimated income tax payments
- paying self-employment taxes
- paying FICA, Medicare and Additional Medicare
- deductible business expenses
- special rules for reporting vacation home rentals
More information, is on the new Gig Economy Tax Center on IRS.gov. (SSA/IRS Reporter, Winter 2020).
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