Much like the ubiquitous ride-sharing app Uber, Deliveroo is a food delivery service that has emerged across major Australian cities over the last few years. Deliveroo rider-partners deliver quality takeaway food from local restaurants to your door, most often by bicycle. If you’re a Deliveroo rider-partner, read up on our Deliveroo tax guide to make sure you’re meeting all your tax obligations for the coming tax return season.
Deliveroo income declaration
Any income you receive through your work as a Deliveroo rider-partner is considered income by the ATO. This means it must be declared in your tax return.
If you are delivering ‘on the side’, or around another job or income stream (like Uber Eats), it’s recommended that you save around 30% of all payments you receive. This is so you can avoid a big tax bill come tax return time!
Deliveroo tax ABN requirements
As a Deliveroo rider-partner, you need to have an Australian Business Number, or ABN, as you are classified as a paid contractor. This means you’ll be responsible for paying tax on your income an d arranging your own super.
Deliveroo GST requirements
Generally, Deliveroo rider-partners don’t need to register for Goods and Services Tax (GST). This applies if you only deliver food and earn less than $75,000 with an ABN. If you earn above this threshold as a rider-partner, you do need to register for GST.
Note: this GST exemption does NOT apply to ride sharers, like Uber drivers.
Combining Deliveroo work with other work in the sharing economy like Uber
If you also earn money driving passengers, like through Uber or Ola, alongside your Deliveroo income you DO need to register for GST.
This GST then applies to the whole of your income, not just the ride sharing portion.
You need to keep records of any Deliveroo-related expenses you incur in order to claim them in your tax return.
This ensures you’ll maximise your any tax deductions available to you, and provides evidence for any claims you make.
There are a range of tax deductions you can claim as a rider-partner, including:
- Bike or scooter maintenance and repairs;
- Bike or scooter tyres and related items;
- Registration costs;
- Mobile phone costs;
- Sun protection; and
- Cleaning costs.
Any items given or reimbursed to you by Deliveroo are not claimable.
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This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice.