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California Gig Economy Tax Center

What is the gig economy?

If you use any of the online platform applications available to rent a house, provide car rides, or to connect and provide a number of other goods or services, you're part of what is called the gig economy. This is also known as the shared, digital, or peer-to-peer economy. Gig economy activity is generally taxable.

Is income received from gig work taxable?

If you receive income from a gig economy activity it’s generally taxable, even if you don’t receive a Form 1099-K, 1099-MISC, Form W-2, or some other income statement. This is true even if you do it as a side job, or just as a part- time business, and even if you are paid in cash. On the other hand, depending upon the circumstances, some or all of your business expenses may be deductible, subject to the normal tax limitations and rules.

The California Franchise Tax Board encourages taxpayers participating in the gig economy to understand the potential tax issues affecting them.

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Last Updated: Wednesday September 19 2018

 

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