Do you drive with Uber?

Sort your taxes the stress-free way with WooHoo

Take the stress out of tax time with the right help from the right people

As an Uber driver-partner, you're self-employed. That means you're responsible for managing your own tax responsibilities including paying tax, filing annual income tax returns, and meeting your other tax and financial obligations.

Managing your taxes and responsibilities doesn't have to be a headache. Join WooHoo today using your Uber Momentum partner status and get exclusive offers on our specialist tax support and packages.

 

Stay one step ahead of your tax with WooHoo

Now that you're ready to get out on the road, it's time to make sure you're up to speed on running your own business and staying on top of your tax obligations.

 

Know your tax due dates and deadlines

Understand what you need in your tax returns

Find out what expenses you can claim

Get tips for keeping good business records

Get tips for keeping good business records

Tip

"Keep good records of your business expenses, mileage, and activity! The effort will save you time and money in the long run."

Exclusive offers for Uber driver-partners

Join WooHoo using your Uber Momentum partner status to get exclusive offers on our specialist tax support packages.

The following offers are based to our Standard Tax Return Package which includes an annual individual income tax return (IR3), business expense claim and deduction support, allowance for 50 transactions, a personal case manager, and tax expertise and advice.

 

Bronze Reward

Momentum Bronze Offer

Standard Tax Return Package
$240 incl. GST ($10 off)

GST returns
$120 per 6 month

Provisional tax
$40 per instalment

20 transaction add-on
$15

Receipt storage
Free

Dedicated phone line
Yes

Family tax refund rate*
14%

Silver Reward

Momentum Silver Offer

Standard Tax Return Package
$235 incl. GST ($15 off)

GST returns
$120 per 6 month

Provisional tax
$40 per instalment

20 transaction add-on
$15

Receipt storage
Free

Dedicated phone line
Yes

Family tax refund rate*
14%

Gold Reward

Momentum Gold Offer

Standard Tax Return Package
$230 incl. GST ($20 off)

GST returns
$120 per 6 month

Provisional tax
$40 per instalment

20 transaction add-on
$10

Receipt storage
Free

Dedicated phone line
Yes

Family tax refund rate*
14%

Platinum Reward

Momentum Platinum Offer

Standard Tax Return Package
$225 incl. GST ($25 off)

GST returns
$120 per 6 month

Provisional tax
$40 per instalment

20 transaction add-on
Free

Receipt storage
Free

Dedicated phone line
Yes

Family tax refund rate*
14%

*Family discount rate applies to members of the Uber driver-partner's immediate family. Family discount will be applied when family member signs up using a provided promotional code. Family members that are existing customers must provide the promotional code when confirming online for us to process their tax refund for the current tax year.


All fees are including GST. For more details on our full pricing (without Momentum discounts) please visit our fees page.

"Tip

"Put aside about 30% of each rideshare payment when you receive it to cover the tax and other expenses you'll need to pay."

FAQs from Uber driver-partners

Tricky tax questions are our specialty! Here are some of the most common tax questions we hear from our self-employed customers who drive with Uber.

 

Easy! Join WooHoo and use your Uber Momentum Partner status get an exclusive offer on our specialist tax return packages.

Getting your head around your taxes can be tricky. That's why the first thing we'll do is pair you up with your personal case manager. Your case manager will help you understand your tax obligations and pull all of your Uber and business info together so that you can make the most of your tax position.

Yes! All New Zealand driver-partners have to pay income tax.

Whether you do a lot of driving or just a little; when you're an Uber driver-partner you're considered to be self-employed and that means you're responsible for paying tax on your business income.

And like all self-employed people, you'll need to file an individual income tax return at the end of every tax year.

There's no set rule when it comes to paying income tax. How you pay and when you pay it will depend on your individual circumstances. Your WooHoo case manager will make sure you're nice and clear on your specific responsibilities and due dates.

Part of filing your income tax return is assessing your total revenue and business expenses. So you'll need detailed information and documents for both your income and your expenses; things like your payment statements and invoices, logbooks with your mileage, and receipts and statements for your claimable expenses. Your WooHoo case manager will help you here, too.

Our team here at WooHoo are masters at claiming expenses; we know all the ins and outs to make sure you're claiming all of the tax-deductible expenses available to you as a rideshare driver in order to optimise your tax position.

Some of the common expenses we recommend our customers who drive with Uber claim include costs associated with becoming a rideshare driver, vehicle maintenance and repairs, vehicle operating expenses, passenger amenities, along with technology-, financial- and tax-related expenses.

In New Zealand we need to register for GST when we earn $60,000 or more from self-employment in a year.

If you've earned $60,000 from self-employment in a year, or you think you will, it's really important that you register for GST with IRD and get a good idea of what that means for your income and your tax obligations.

It's really important that you're clear on your GST obligation as soon as you become self-employed (aka when you start providing rideshare services). You may be charged penalties or face further action from IRD if you don't register when you need to.

You'll probably already know whether you're GST registered or not because it doesn't happen automatically - but if you're not sure we've got some tips:

    • When you ARE registered for GST, you'll see an option called 'My Business' when you sign into your MyIR account on IRD's website. Select that and you'll see information about your GST.
    • If you're NOT registered for GST, you won't see the 'My Business' option in your MyIR account because it doesn't apply to you.

When you join WooHoo, your GST responsibilities are something that your WooHoo case manager will help you stay on top of - you won't even kneed to worry about checking your MyIR account!

If you need to be GST registered, you'll need to choose how often you'd like to file your GST returns when you register; either bi-monthly or six-monthly. Your due dates for your GST returns and payments will vary depending on which filing frequency you choose.

It's a good idea to get some expert help early on to make sure you're clear about your deadlines and what you need to optimise your GST returns.

Uber's service fee counts as a business expense which means you can claim it in full from your income. If you're GST registered, you call also claim the GST component of Uber's service fee. Note: The GST component of the service fee from Uber is only applicable from 1 December 2018.

Like Uber's service fee, you can claim the booking fee on your rides as a business expense in full from your income. If you're GST registered you can also claim the GST on this fee - every cent adds up! Note: The GST component of the service fee from Uber is only applicable from 1 December 2018.

Like Uber's fees, tolls and airport fees are tax-deductible; you can claim them as business expenses in full from your income. Same goes for the GST component on these fees too, as long as you're GST registered.

Yup! If you're GST registered then you must pay GST on all of your self-employment income. So if you're a partner for UberX and Uber Eats, then you must pay GST on the income you make from both.

For the avoidance of doubt, 'income' refers to the fare or delivery fee you charge to the rider or restaurant, whichever the case my be.

If you're already self-employed and working as a sole trader, you'll be familiar with New Zealand's tax requirements. Your income from providing transportation services as a rideshare driver and your expenses will just be assessed together with the income and expenses from your other business activity.

The main impact UberX may have on your other sole trader business? If your income from providing transportation services as an Uber driver-partner will push your total self-employment income over the $60,000 GST registration threshold, you must meet those responsibilities, too.

The other thing to be aware of is the chance your income from providing transportation services as an Uber driver-partner could push you into a higher tax bracket. If that happens, you'll probably want to calculate how that will affect the amount of tax you need to pay in total, and how much you'll end up taking home.

Something else to keep in mind us that you can't claim any expenses twice. That means if you're already claiming your phone costs foryour existing business, you can't also claim your phone costs against your income from providing transportation services as a rideshare driver.

Ready to make your tax work for you?

Apply now and join us! You'll be finished in 5 minutes and we'll connect you with your personal case manager once you're done.

 

Have these things handy when you apply:

  • IRD number
  • NZ driver licence
  • Bank account details
  • Uber Momentum referral code
  • Approx. Uber mileage