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  1. Launchpad McQuack

    End-of-Year Odometer Reading

    It's December 31st. Just a friendly reminder to everybody to record your end-of-2019 / beginning-of-2020 odometer reading tonight (assuming that you operate on a calendar year and not a fiscal year).
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    Uber MATH

    Your guess is as good as mine.....
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    Insurance Payouts

    Last month I had to have my car towed because it wouldn't start. The tow operator hooked a chain up somewhere underneath my car and winched it onto the tow truck. Once we got to the service center, the car started just fine for the service staff but they said that the steering wheel was off...
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    Who Am I Moments

    I thought about putting this in the Random Thread, but I decided that it is an interesting enough topic that it deserves its own thread (the topic as whole, not my individual story). I had a long day at work today. I got to work around 7:00 a.m. and left around 7:00 p.m. I was ready to get...
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    Time to Vent

    This thread is for anybody that needs to vent about something, not just for me. I'll start it off, though. I live in a beach town. It's nice, but parking during the summer is........challenging, to say the least. My building doesn't have any parking for residents, so you have to find...
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    Uh oh, I angered the GrubHub gods.....

    My GrubHub days may be numbered. I got this in my e-mail today. It looks like I just got called to the principal's office.
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    Tapping Out for a While

    My car is finally kaput. No big surprise. I expected it to happen eventually. I was hoping that I could milk about 5,000 more miles out of it, but that's how it goes. Last Sunday it started making a noise every time I operate in reverse. It started as kind of a clanking sound, then went...
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    "Well??? Help me."

    Just a quick, funny story. Picked up at KFC this afternoon. The order included drinks. The woman behind the counter pours the first drink, and she is trying to put it in one of the those mashed paper/cardboard drink holders. She tries once, and knocks the drink over. She tries again, and...
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    GrubHub Customer Questions re: Cash Tips

    I picked up a 2-hour block this afternoon, and it was slow. I only had two deliveries in two hours. With fifteen minutes to go in the block, I only had one delivery for $7 and then I got a ping for a $15 delivery at a nearby Taco Bell. When I looked at the breakdown for the delivery, it was a...
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    Grubhub Region Boundaries

    In order to get delivery requests from Grubhub, do you have to be within your region boundaries or are the region boundaries just for scheduled blocks? What happens if you go outside your region boundaries?
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    Self-Employed Health Insurance Deduction

    I'm trying to understand the criteria for taking this. From reading the instructions for Schedule 1, it sounds like you cannot take this deduction for any time while you are employed by an employer that offers health insurance as a benefit. This would apply to Uber drivers that have a primary...
  12. Launchpad McQuack

    Capitalization and Start-Up Expenses

    I was reading the Schedule C instructions, and I saw this.... Would I be correct in interpreting this to apply to a cell phone, as it has a useful service life of more than a year? This got me reading Publication 535, and it says... But back in the Schedule C instructions it says...
  13. Launchpad McQuack

    Providing 1099s

    This is a little off topic as it doesn't directly pertain to Uber/rideshare/delivery, but it is something that I never would have even thought about had I not started delivering for Uber Eats. Uber is required to issue a 1099-K to me (and the IRS) if they process transactions on my behalf in...
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    As I understand it, tolls are deductible in addition to the standard mileage deduction. What kind of documentation/evidence do you need to substantiate tolls? In my area, a lot of the tolls are change baskets. You drive by, you toss a couple bucks in quarters into the change basket, and then...
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    When Things Go Wrong

    I was doing Eats deliveries tonight (I suppose that was my first mistake). I turned down five pings in a row because they were all too far away. Then I got one that was kind of far away, but it had a $9 guarantee attached to it, so I took it. Arrived at the restaurant and made the pickup...
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    Limited Hours?

    There is a McDonald's in the area that is open 24 hours. It is the only one in the area that is open 24 hours. So my gut tells me that late at night after all the other McDonald's have closed, delivery requests should pick up at the one that is still open. I have tried to work that area late...
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    For All My Fellow Ants