The gig economy—also called sharing economy or access economy—is activity where people earn income providing on-demand work, services or goods. Often, it’s through a digital platform like an app or website.
What is Gig Work?
Gig work is certain activity you do to earn income, often through an app or website (digital platform), like:
- Drive a car for booked rides or deliveries
- Rent out property or part of it
- Run errands or complete tasks
- Sell goods online
- Rent equipment
- Provide creative or professional services
- Provide other temporary, on-demand or freelance work
Note: This list does not include all types of gig work.
What are Digital Platforms?
Digital platforms are businesses that match workers’ services or goods with customers via apps or websites. This includes businesses that provide access to:
- Ridesharing services
- Delivery services
- Crafts and handmade item marketplaces
- On-demand labor and repair services
- Property and space rentals
Note: This list does not include all types of digital platforms.
Gig Economy Income is Taxable
You must report income earned from the gig economy on a tax return, even if the income is:
- From part-time, temporary or side work
- Not reported on an information return form—like a Form 1099-K, 1099-MISC, W-2 or other income statement
- Paid in any form, including cash, property, goods, or virtual currency
The IRS has created a website with tools and information specifically for gig economy workers. Click here to visit and learn more.