1099 workers don’t have the same benefits as employees, however, it’s not to say that being a 1099 worker isn’t beneficial. For some truck drivers, 1099 is the most beneficial classification for them as it puts the control in their hands.
What is a 1099 worker?
A 1099 worker is considered an independent contractor and is self-employed; you are your own boss. The 1099 is a tax form that is used to report self-employed wages to the IRS and has become an easy way to describe independent contractors vs. W-2 employees.
There are many advantages to truck driving as an independent contractor:
- More flexibility in your work. This allows you to choose your own hours and what jobs you’re willing to accept. Whether you’re looking to spend more time with your family or go on vacation, you have the flexibility to do so.
- Broader Work Experience. Working as a self- employed driver you can drive for different companies, drive different types of trucks, take different runs and make different types of deliveries without applying for a new job and starting at a different company. Many Flex drivers like the variety of work and routes while expanding their resumes.
- Opportunity to earn more. Most 1099 positions pay more wages than W-2 jobs, giving you more earning potential. While it is true you’ll need to pay additional taxes, tax deductions are key.
- Tax deductions. As a 1099 worker, you are classified as a self-employed contractor and allowed to take higher income tax deductions than W-2 employees. Tax deductions can be gas mileage, meals, home office expenses, supplies/equipment, cell phone bills and more. If you’re used to being a W-2 employee, the initial shift to 1099 can come with a learning curve, however, there is a lot of tax software available that makes tax tracking and filing a breeze.
While there are pros and cons to any job classification, it ultimately comes down to what you’re looking for in a truck driving job. Many of our flex drivers enjoy the freedom of being able to work when they want, allowing them to have a good work-life balance. In the Fundamental Flex Program, drivers are in control of what runs they take, their earnings, their taxes and their time off.
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