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Filing tax returns for delivery drivers: Tips and advice

With the growth in the on-demand economy, being a delivery driver can be a great way to make money, either full time or as a side gig. Whether you work for companies like Amazon, UPS or a new app-based platform, being a delivery driver means understanding key facts so you can file your taxes accurately and on-time.

Here’s what you should know about filing tax returns for delivery drivers.

Step 1: Employee vs. independent contractor

How you report your income and whether you can deduct expenses depends on whether you’re an employee or an independent contractor.

  • Employees generally receive regular paychecks usually with income, Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld from their wages. At year-end, they typically receive a Form W-2 showing the income they earned for the year and total tax withheld.

  • Independent contractors are typically considered self-employed. The companies that hire them don’t usually withhold income or payroll

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What to wear for a holiday-approved look

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For most, after February, there are no large celebrations to look forward to until May, but, finally, Memorial Day and its three-day weekend is right around the corner. Contrary to what the calendar says, everyone knows it makes the unofficial mark of summer, meaning it’s time to turn up the heat—outfit-wise. 

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Now’s the time to step out of your outdated sweatpants and into the best swimwear; Memorial Day is all about wiping the slate clean. In fact, think of this holiday as the perfect time to hit the reset button on your wardrobe.

Are you having a hard time believing us? We’ll prove it. Step into these six effortless

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Bike curious: A novice’s guide to buying your first e-bike

New Zealand imported a massive 65,000 e-bikes and e-scooters in 2019 and that number is likely to continue growing exponentially. But what do you need to know before you buy an electric bike? Russell Brown has the lowdown.

This is an edited version of a story first published in 2018.

If you think you’re seeing more e-bikes on the road, you’re not wrong.

In 2017, according to Statistics NZ, there were 23,000 e-bikes imported. In 2018, the number had jumped to 27,000 – and in 2019 65,000 e-bikes and scooters landed. Every sign is for the trend to continue, or even accelerate, this year. The surprising thing is that the company that triggered the growth isn’t even in the cycle business.

Everyone The Spinoff spoke to agreed that what really kicked off the boom was a move by Auckland-based energy retailer Mercury. In 2016, the company launched a promotion

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Girl Gone Mild: Stephanie rides an e-bike in Manitou | Lifestyle

I’m not an outdoorsy person, but I’ve periodically played one in the pages of The Gazette. In the name of journalism, and because, well, Colorado.

For my (very) occasional column Girl Gone Wild, I’ve joined skilled guides who have taken me rock climbing, fly- and ice-fishing, camping, caving and dog-sledding. I even hit the road with asses and athletes for a 7-mile foot-race-with-burro in Victor.

That was all before my hip started “acting up,” as they say. A surprise for a woman in her 40s, with no injuries or genetic harbingers and an exercise routine that’s gentle on the joints, to say the least. (If stuff’s wearing out, it’s from boredom.)

Regardless, my goin’ wild days were on hold pending the intervention of medical science.

All of this I laid out for Greg Cobble, of E-bike Tours & Rentals of Manitou Springs, when we talked on the phone.

“I had

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