New Uber & Rideshare Drivers 2019-05-11T01:57:43+00:00

The DriveTax Startup Pack

FREE ABN and GST Registration


Seven Steps to Sorting Your Uber Tax Obligations

Our ultimate guide to managing your tax for Uber.

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What’s included in my free Startup Pack?

You’ll Receive…

  • ABN Application
  • GST Registration
  • eBook – Seven Steps to Sorting your Tax Obligations
  • Bookkeeping Spreadsheet for Rideshare Drivers

You’ll Learn How To…

  • keep records of your income and expenses
  • keep a logbook to maximise your car deductions
  • put aside income to save for your tax bills
  • maximise your deductions and minimise tax
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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The ATO requires all Uber drivers and rideshare drivers (but not food delivery drivers) to register for GST, regardless of how much or little they earn.

For most small businesses if you earn less than $75,000 you don’t have to register for GST. But this does not apply to taxi drivers. Taxi drivers must register for GST from the first dollar they earn. The ATO define a taxi service as driving passengers from A to B for money, and so the courts have determined that Uber and rideshare drivers meet that definition also.

Ultimately this means the $75k threshold doesn’t apply to Uber drivers and rideshare drivers. This means you must register for GST regardless of what you earn.

The ATO will only ever issue you one ABN in your lifetime, same as for your TFN. If you already have an ABN you must use it, you can’t apply for a new/different one. If you’ve had one in the past that has become inactive we’ll need to reactivate that same one for you. Please have your existing ABN handy when you apply for your Startup Pack.

If you already have an ABN and GST registration then you’re ready to drive. You can still download our Free Info Pack to receive your free eBook and bookkeeping spreadsheet. Just follow the link just above these FAQ’s.

We can backdate your ABN/GST Registration to the date you started driving, no problem at all.

Food delivery drivers must have an ABN, but they don’t have to register for GST. Read our article on Tax for Food Delivery Drivers for more information.

In the majority of cases the ATO will issue your ABN instantly. Occasionally they decide to manually check an application and send the ABN in the mail instead, usually within two weeks. We will let you know right away if this is the case for you. However the ATO will backdate your ABN start date once they’re finished reviewing, so you can still start driving right away.
The ATO have advised they’ll be applying heavy penalties for those that don’t comply. The current penalty for Failure To Register is $3,400, and penalties for Failure To Lodge of up to $850 per BAS would also apply. The ATO seem to have access to data on who is earning income from Uber, and many unregistered drivers have received letters from the ATO demanding they pay their tax. It seems there’s no avoiding the tax man!
This is very hard to estimate, as it’s different for everyone. Our blog post on Putting Aside Tax & GST will help you work out how much to save.
You’ll find more detail on how to keep a logbook in our post on Tax Deductions for Rideshare Drivers

Undecided About Uber?

If you’ve never run a business before, ABN’s and GST can be confusing. If you’d like to learn more, we’ve written a complete guide to getting started as a rideshare driver. It’s called Seven Steps to Sorting your Uber & Rideshare Tax Obligations. We explain how get registered, keep a logbook, keep records and minimise tax in seven simple steps. Everything rideshare and Uber drivers need to know to get ATO compliant and hit the road with confidence.

You can read it right now on our blog. 

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About Us

At DriveTax we specialise in tax for Uber and rideshare drivers. The GST changes for the sharing economy announced by the ATO have been confusing, and there’s not alot of information and support available. So we’re on a mission to provide no-fuss compliance and expert support to drivers across Australia.

We’re a CPA Practice and a Registered Tax Agent, led by Director Jess Murray CPA. Jess has extensive experience in small business tax, and is also a regular Uber rider.

If you want to drive but aren’t sure where to start, skip dealing with the ATO and let us handle the process for you.

Jess Murray CPA

Jess Murray CPA

Registered Tax Agent & Uber specialist

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