New Member

I am a Uber and Lyft driver. they didn't send a 1099 just a sheet of paper with gross earnings and expenses and net payout. do I need to file a Schedule C

Level 3

Business & farm

Yes, you need to file Schedule C for Uber and Lyft. You do not need a 1099 to enter income from self-employment.  You will simply need to do the following:

  • Click Wages and Income
  • Click until you get to the summary screen then click Add More Income
  • See list of all income
  • Show more next to Self-Employment
  • Start or Revisit next to Income and Expenses
  • Answer Yes to "Did you have any self-employment income or expenses
  • Walkthrough and answer the questions regarding Uber
  • When you get to the screen asking "Let's enter the income for your Uber " select Other Self-employed income.
  • This will allow you to enter the form of payments (cash, check or other) and the total

When you get to the end you will click Add More Self-Employed Income to enter Lyft Income. 

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Level 15

Business & farm

Yes that is  self employment income and goes on schedule C.

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You will need to file a schedule C in your personal tax return for self employment income.  You will need to use the Self Employed Online version to fill out schedule C.

Here is some reading material……

IRS information on Self Employment….

Pulication 334, Tax Guide for Small Business

Publication 535 Business Expenses

Self Employment tax (Scheduled SE) is generated if a person has $400 or more of net profit from self-employment on Schedule C.  You pay 15.3% for SE tax on 92.35% of your Net Profit greater than $400.  The 15.3% self employed SE Tax is to pay both the employer part and employee part of Social Security and Medicare.  So you get social security credit for it when you retire.  The SE tax is in addition to your regular income tax on the net profit.

You can enter Cash Income into Online Deluxe or Premier but if you have any expenses you will have to upgrade to the Self Employed version.

New Member

Business & farm


I earned income driving part time for Lyft in 2019 and earned under 10k. I did not file quarterly taxes and when looking for "Other Income" to Lyft earnings do not see that option for my Home and Business Self Emplyed edition of  TurboTax  that I purchased at a retailer, not the Online edition. 


Based on steps outlined above I am not seeing an option to add additional income, for personal or business tabs.

Did I miss a step when starting the return or is there another place to area where I would add additional income?