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So, you’re earning some extra income from Airtasker. Congratulations! Spend it wisely – and don’t forget the taxman. The key to staying out of trouble with the ATO is to keep records. Even if you’ve played everything by the book, if you don’t have documentation to support your position if the ATO asks you questions, you could find yourself stuck with an additional tax bill, plus penalties and interest.
Here at H&R Block we help lots of customers who work in the sharing economy. It’s essential to get your taxes right and we can help.
Yes, you do. Each year, you probably earn money from a number of sources, of which Airtasker might be one. Others might include income from employment, income from other businesses you run and investment income from things like bank interest, share dividends or rental income from property. All of this income is taxable. You need to keep a record of all the tasks you do using Airtasker and the amounts you earn from each of those tasks. That income needs to be disclosed as business income on your tax return and you need to record the gross amount that customers pay you, not the net amount you receive after Airtasker has taken out its fees/charges.
Yes you can. Any expenses incurred in generating your Airtasker income are deductible.
Deductions that can be claimed for the business include a proportion of the following:
Commissions or fees paid to Airtasker
Costs of traveling to and from an Airtasker job and between jobs including:Mobile phone bills
Safety equipment (such as hi-vis vests)
Work-related clothing such as overalls and workboots
Sunglasses if you work outside
Tax agent/accountants fee
Bank fees (if you maintain a separate account for your business)
Costs of running a home office if your business is operated from home
Deductions that cannot be claimed:
Fines (parking, speeding, etc)
Clothing other than safety clothing
Meals or drinks, etc purchased whilst on the job
You can claim an instant tax deduction for all capital assets acquired for use in your business with a cost of $150,000 or less. This relief is available from 12 March 2020 until 31 December 2020 (the asset limit was $30,000 before 12 March 2020). This is great for purchasing items like computers, phones, tablets, tools and even some motor vehicles.
Yes, but only if you use your car as part of your Airtasker business. There are two ways to claim a deduction for business use of your car:
If you are an Airtasker worker, you are in business as a self-employed person. You aren’t employed by Airtasker. That means you must have an ABN, and H&R Block can help you set this up.
If your income exceeds your expenses, the surplus is added to your other taxable income and you pay tax on it. If your expenses exceed your income, the loss may be available to offset against your other taxable income (subject to some complex anti-avoidance rules covering non-commercial losses). If you have no other taxable income or the non-commercial loss rules apply, the loss is carried forward.
In your income tax return. This needs to be submitted by 31 October if you do your tax return yourself. If you use a tax agent like H&R Block, you have an extended period to lodge, which could run as late as 15 May the following year.
The ATO has been keeping a close eye on people earning income from shared economy services like Airtasker. It’s essential that you fully and accurately disclose all your Airtasker income (and expenses). If you don’t, you could find yourself being audited by the ATO, and they will charge interest and penalties on any unpaid or underpaid tax.
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