IRS defines a “GIG” economy as sharing economy where individuals earn income by providing on-demand work, services, or goods per the flexibility of both parties. It often involves a digital platform like a website or mobile application. Examples include ride-hailing apps, food delivery apps, and holiday rental apps. It’s a growing segment, bringing economic benefits of productivity and employment.
Who has to File Tax Returns Under Gig Economy?
The gig economy is taxable. Taxpayers need to report the income in their filings, even if the income is.
- From part-time, temporary, or side work,
- Not reported on an information return form – like a Form 1099-K, 1099-MISC, W-2, or other income statement or
- Paid in any form, including cash, property, goods, or virtual currency.
Tax Slab for Gig Workers
A gig worker who is primarily dependent on the Gig Economy needs to consider taxes to be paid as a self-employed taxpayer. They need to file tax returns for 2021 if their income from self-employment equals or exceeds $400. Therefore, it is important to keep a record of all receipts to track income, deduct expenses, and complete tax returns.
How to File Your Income Tax Returns as Gig Workers?
Independent contractors or Gig workers, whether it is a full-time, part-time or side job, need to file their tax returns for 2021 using the below forms.
- Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return or Form 1040-SR, U.S. Tax Return for Seniors
- Schedule SE (Form 1040), Self-Employment Tax
- Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss from Business (Sole Proprietorship)
In case the filed tax return needs to be modified, use Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.
IRS provides various options to guide the taxpayers in filing their returns. Below are a few options that can be utilized by any individuals
- IRS Free File — Use free tax prep software or fillable forms based on your income and the forms you must file.
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site — Get free, in-person filing help near you.
- Authorized e-file provider — Search the list of tax professionals approved by the IRS for e-filing.
- File your return by mail — Find addresses by the state to mail your tax return.
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