10 tax-deductible products to keep your passengers safe, happy and tipping!
Here at Stride, we’re always trying to help self-employed workers save time and money. When you’re a rideshare driver for Uber or Lyft, you’re an independent contractor, and that means you can deduct certain business expenses to pay less in taxes.
It also means that you’re probably thinking about ways to keep your passengers comfortable and happy during their ride, which should result in better ratings and tips. Here are some products that will help you do just that and that you can deduct as business expenses. The good news: anything you purchase between now and Dec. 31st can be used to help lower the taxes you owe next year.
Disclosure: this article contains affiliate links, and that means we’ll get paid a small fee if you purchase any of these products. That’s one of the ways we can afford to provide the FREE Stride app that helps you track your mileage, expenses, and tax deductions.
1. Phone chargers and cables.
Obviously you need to keep your own phone charged to maximize your driving time, but you’ve probably had more than one passenger ask for a phone charger. Having a multi-phone charger is a great way to offer something extra to your passengers while keeping your own phone charged at the same time.
Multi-phone charger. This charger has 4 USB ports, all of which charge at 2.4 amps—so you’ll be able to power your phone, a dashcam, a GPS, and still have a slot for a passenger.
Cables. Most passengers don’t carry around cables and really appreciate it when drivers have them. Since you’ll have passengers with different devices, you’ll want at least one iPhone and one for Android, and make an extra of each you have multiple partners who want to charge up during their ride. These
Cable organizer. Keep your cables nice and neat with this organizer.
2. Illuminated rideshare signs
It can be a real hassle for your passengers to find you if you work in busy areas or near large events. Make it easy for your passengers to find you with one of these light up signs.
3. Car Trash Can
Your passengers will appreciate the extra attention to detail, and this should keep them from leaving junk and trash on your back seats and floor.
Whether its for you or your passengers, and whether you decide to give it away or sell it, it’s always good to have water with you, and Amazon Fresh makes it easy it get.
5. Window Shades
These can really improve the comfort of your passengers on sunny days.
Having a large 2-person umbrella to escort your passengers to and from the car will not only keep them dry, but will probably result in a good rating and maybe an extra tip.
7. Throw-Up Bags
Hopefully you won’t ever need these, but in the event that you have a passenger that’s a had a bit too much too drink, is affected by motion sickness, or just doesn’t feel well, you’ll be glad you had these—and so will your passenger!
9. Tissues & tissue holder
Chances are you’ll have some passengers that have allergies, a cold, or some other reason that they need a tissue, and they’ll appreciate you providing them.
10. Car Vacuum
Keeping your car tidy in between rides will keep your passengers happy and comfortable.
So there you have it—10 products that should help keep your passengers more comfortable and grateful. And don’t forget, you can expense these purchases to help lower your tax bill! Download the FREE Stride app to automatically track your miles, categories and record your business expenses, and lower your tax bill!
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Disclaimer: The information contained here is not offered as legal or tax advice. The U.S. federal income tax discussion included above is for general information purposes only and is not a complete analysis or discussion of all potential tax consequences that may be relevant to a particular individual. In light of the foregoing, each individual should consult with and seek advice from such individual's own tax advisor with respect to the tax consequences discussed herein. Any information contained above is not intended to be used, and cannot be used, for purposes of avoiding penalties imposed under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.