What happens to taxes in the gig economy?
Abstract: Gig workers accounted for 15.8% of workers in 2015, up from 10.1% in 2005, according to researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research. And the percentage is only increasing. This article looks at the way gig workers pay taxes, which differs from the way they would as employees. Because an employer typically isn’t withholding money from paychecks to cover gig workers’ tax obligations, they’re responsible for making federal income tax payments and possibly for paying state income tax. This article looks at the ins and outs of gig workers’ tax responsibilities and emphasizes the importance of keeping accurate, timely records of revenue and expenses.