Ride sourcing – Claiming car expenses

Ride sourcing – Claiming car expenses


Those who participate in ride-sourcing (i.e., Uber, GoCatch) as a driver can access a number of tax deductions come tax time.

You may be able to claim expenses such as:

  • Parking fees
  • Road tolls
  • Mobile phone costs
  • Fees or commissions charged the facilitator
  • Other expenses – to the extent that they relate to work-related travel.

Under the logbook method (the business-use percentage of car expenses) include:

  • Petrol
  • Depreciation of your car
  • General vehicle running costs such as insurance, car rego and repairs
  • Maintenance.

Expenses you cannot claim include:

  • Fines, such as parking and speeding fines
  • Fuel tax credits
  • The cost of getting and maintaining a standard driving licence
  • Costs of a capital nature, such as car purchase price
  • Personal or private expenses, such as the private use of a car used for ride-sourcing activities.

If you use your car for both personal and work-related use, you will need to apportion your car expenses appropriately. If the owner of the car is a spouse or de-facto partner, you can still claim deductions for the car as it is considered a joint asset.

You may be eligible for a range of concessions, i.e., simpler depreciation – instant asset write-off if you are a small business entity in an income year. Be sure to review your eligibility each year.

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If you believe the matters discussed above are relevant to your business, please contact Darren Smith of our office to discuss further.


Darren is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience, including working in the big 4 and medium sized firms before becoming a partner of a city based firm in 2000.

He has gained much experience and has extensive knowledge in providing business and taxation advice, superannuation planning, negotiation of sales and acquisitions of businesses and property development. His client base covers a wide range of industry groups.

Darren works with business owners to grow their businesses and create personal wealth within and outside of their business.


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