Grubhub 1099 Forms: How to Get and use your 1099-NEC for taxes (2024)

Does Grubhub report your earnings to the IRS? What is this 1099-NEC that Grubhub sent out, and how do you use it for taxes?

You may be finding that taxes for Grubhub are different than you’re used to. And the thing is, if you treat your 1099 form from Grubhub like a W-2, you could pay far more in taxes than what you’re required to do. That’s why it’s important to understand what your 1099 form is and how to use it at tax time.

I’ve delivered for Grubhub and other gig apps for five years. I found that my background in business management and owning my own companies prepared me for how taxes work with Grubhub, and I thought I could pass some of that understanding on to you.

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Whether you deliver for Grubhub as a side hustle for some extra cash, or you decided to make delivery a full-time business, the whole tax picture starts with the money you made. We’ll talk about that in this article, discuss how Grubhub reports your earnings to the IRS, and examine what a 1099 form is and how it’s very different from a W-2.

Grubhub taxes can seem overwhelming. But they’re not as mysterious as they might seem. This is a part of a series on Grubhub taxes. We started with this article on the important things you need ot know about how Grubhub taxes work, and then dive into more detail in articles like this one. At the end ot this post, you’ll see a complete list of the articles in this series.

About this article

The purpose of this article is to explain how the money you make with Grubhub fits into the bigger tax picture. We’ll discuss:

  • How Grubhub reports your earnings to the IRS.
  • What a 1099 form is and how you use it for taxes
  • How a 1099 is different from W2 forms
  • Frequently asked questions about Grubhub income and 1099 forms

Do not take anything in this article as tax advice. Information here is for informational and educational purposes only, to help you understand how the different pieces of the tax puzzle fit together. You should engage a tax professional if you need specific advice related to your particular tax situation.

Finally, this article only addresses federal taxes in the United States. State and local taxes, as well as taxes in other countries, may differ. Seek guidance from your tax expert related to other tax jurisdictions.

How Grubhub reports your earnings to the IRS.

The important thing to remember with Grubhub taxes is that you contract with them as an independent contractor. Grubhub delivery drivers are not Grubhub employees. Instead, they provide services as a business.

When a company pays an independent contractor $600 or more, they are required to report those payments to the IRS. They do so by submitting IRS form 1099-NEC. When they do this, they send a report into the IRS, and a copy to the contractor providing tax identification information (your Social Security number or EIN (Employer ID Number) and the amount of money they paid you.

Grubhub sends a copy of that information to you as well on your 1099. If you earned less than $600, Grubhub does not send a report or give you a 1099 form.

Because you are not an employee, Grubhub does not provide a W2. They also do not withhold taxes from your pay. All of that is your responsibility.

What a 1099 form is and how you use it for taxes.

Form 1099-NEC reports non-employee compensation. As an independent contractor providing services as a business, income reported is actually your business’s revenue. It is NOT a report of personal income.

The form ultimately reports two things: Who you are, and how much they paid you.

Part of the signup process with Grubhub includes providing tax information. Most of us operate as sole proprietors, meaning we’re running a business as an individual. In that instance, the W9 information you provide to Grubhub includes your legal name and Social Security number.

If you’ve created an LLC or registered an Employer ID Number (EIN) for your delivery business, you would have provided your business name and EIN.

Grubhub reports whatever tax identification information you provided. The left half of a typical 1099-NEC includes identifying information including:

  • Grubhub’s corporate name and address
  • Grubhub’s Taxpayer ID number
  • Your tax ID number (SSN or EIN)
  • Your name and address

For most Grubhub contractors, the only thing filled in on the right side of the form is line 1: Nonemployee compensation. That includes the total of payments sent to you by Grubhub (including customer tips that were paid through the app).

Grubhub does not withhold taxes. Some states may require Grubhub to submit a copy of a 1099 to them as well. Drivers in those states may have information filled out including Grubhub’s state tax ID number (line 6) and the amount paid to the driver under (line 7).

Where does your Grubhub 1099 information go on your tax return?

Remember that as an independent contractor, you’re filing business taxes. This is an important point, because your taxes for your business are based on profit (what’s left over after expenses).

Because of that, your Grubhub earnings are treated very differently than employee wages. Employee wages are immediately added to the income part of your tax return. Your business revenue, or Grubhub pay, is only the beginning of the story.

It all happens on IRS form Schedule C. That form is entitled “Profit and Loss from Business.” You add your Grubhub earnings to the income portion of Schedule C. Then list your Grubhub business write-offs on the expense part of Schedule C. That’s where you’ll also take the deduction for the miles you put on your car driving for Grubhub and others.

Subtract expenses from income to get your profit. Your profit is what you add to the income part of your IRS form 1040.

How a 1099 is different from W2 forms

The most significant difference is that W2 reports your personal taxable income, whereas a 1099 form reports your business’s income. That’s a significant difference because the only part of business income that’s taxable is what’s left over after expenses.

A W2 typically reflects money withheld for state and federal income taxes. Employment taxes (FICA) are taken out as well. None of that is taken out of your 1099 pay. As an independent contractor, you’re on your own for saving and paying all taxes.

When you file your tax return, you attach a copy of your W2 form. You do not submit a copy of your 1099 forms with your tax return, nor do you provide any of the payor information to the IRS.

When it’s all said and done, your completed Schedule C is actually the closest thing you have to a W2 as a Grubhub contractor. As mentioned earlier, you list your income and expenses, with the difference between the two being moved over to your tax return as income.

Frequently asked questions about Grubhub income and 1099 forms

Does Grubhub send drivers a W2?

No. Grubhub delivery drivers are independent contractors, meaning they are not employees. Instead, Grubhub sends a 1099-NEC reporting income for drivers who receive more than $600 for the year.

How do I get my 1099 from Grubhub?

Grubhub will either email your 1099 or send it via US Mail. You can see which option in your Grubhub for drivers app. Go to Account, select Personal Info, then choose Tax form information. There they indicate where your 1099 form will be mailed or to what email address they will send it. You can select an option to contact a member of their tax team to request a change in the delivery method.

Do I have to file taxes on Grubhub income?

You must file taxes if your income is enough to require taxes to be paid. This includes whether you would owe self-employment tax. As an independent contractor, you would owe self-employment tax if you had more than $400 of self-employed income. If you have other income and are filing a tax return, all Grubhub income must be reported.

Does my Grubhub 1099 include tips?

Grubhub reports all payments that were made to you as an independent contractor. Those payments include tips that the customer added through the Grubhub app and that Grubhub passed on to you.

Do I have to pay taxes on Grubhub tips?

Yes. According to the IRS all tips (including cash tips) are taxable income and subject to income tax and self-employment taxes. fMost Grubhub tips are paid through the app and thus are included in your 1099 form. The IRS does require you to report cash tips as well, adding them to the total income amount reported on Schedule C.

Does Grubhub's 1099 include mileage reimbursem*nt?

Grubhub does not reimburse for miles. Distance is used to calculate the base pay, but that's not the same as reimbursem*nt. All payments made by Grubhub to you as an independent contractor are included in the 1099 and are considered income for tax purposes.

Do I have to pay taxes if I made less than $600 with Grubhub?

If you earned enough to file a tax return (see the previous question), you must report all self-employed income, regardless of whether you received a 1099 form. As a sole proprietor, you are responsible for reporting self-employment income whether or not it was reported by anyone else.

Do I have to pay taxes if I made less than $400 with Grubhub?

If you earned enough to file a tax return (see the previous question), you must report all self-employed income regardless of amount. There is no minimum threshhold. However, if your profit from your Schedule C is less than $400, you are not required to file IRS form Schedule SE or pay self-employment tax.

When will I receive my Grubhub 1099?

Grubhub is required to submit 1099 forms by the end of the first business day on or after January 31. If they are emailing your 1099, they must be submitted by that time. If they are sent by mail, they must have been mailed and postmarked by that date. Some mailed copies can take one to two weeks to arrive.

What if I did not receive my Grubhub 1099?

First, verify that you made enough money to get a 1099. Add up all payments you received from Grubhub through the calendar year. You will not receive a 1099 form from Grubhub if your total payments are less than $600. Grubhub has been known to be late or have problems with their 1099's in the past couple of years. If you have yet to receive a 1099 by mid-February, Grubhub states you should contact

What if my Grubhub 1099 is wrong?

Grubhub has struggled with the accuracy of its 1099 forms in the past. You must know exactly what you received so that you can compare it to what Grubhub reports to the IRS. If your 1099 is incorrect, you must contact Grubhub immediately at and demand a corrected 1099 form. You can read more about what to do when Grubhub's 1099 is wrong.

Will the IRS know if I didn't include my Grubhub income on my tax return?

The IRS records those earnings if you receive a 1099-NEC form from Grubhub. IRS computers can match reported income from your tax returns to what has been reported to them, meaning that they may identify when you have under-reported your income.

Why aren't there any taxes taken out on my Grubhub 1099?

Grubhub is only obligated to withhold taxes for employees. As an independent contractor, you are not employed and are on your own for saving and paying taxes.

Can I file Grubhub taxes without a 1099?

Yes. The IRS does have you include a copy of your 1099's with your tax return. You are filing taxes like a small business and are responsible for tracking your income and expenses. You do not have to have a 1099 form from Grubhub to file your taxes. However, it is wise to ensure that Grubhub did not erroneously report that you made more money than you did before you file.

Why is Grubhub using 1099-NEC instead of 1099-MISC?

Grubhub uses form 1099-NEC because of IRS stipulations. Many drivers remember Grubhub using form 1099-MISC in the past. That was the form the IRS used to report non-employee compensation up through the 2019 tax year. However, starting with the 2020 tax year, the IRS introduced form 1099-NEC. Grubhub and other gig companies switched to the new form to report 2020 earnings.

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Grubhub 1099 Forms: How to Get and use your 1099-NEC for taxes (2024)


Grubhub 1099 Forms: How to Get and use your 1099-NEC for taxes? ›

How to get a 1099 from GrubHub. You might be asking the question “How do I get my 1099 from GrubHub?” The simple answer is you will automatically receive a GrubHub 1099 form by the end of January if you made $600 or more in GrubHub income. The IRS also receives a copy of this form from GrubHub.

How to get 1099-NEC from Grubhub? ›

If you did not receive an electronic copy of your 1099 form for 2021 tax season, you are automatically enrolled in receiving a paper 1099 form to your home address we have on file via direct mail for 2022. However, you may request to receive your form electronically instead.

How to prove Grubhub income? ›

Examples of proof of income include:
  1. Pay summary (this will not have a name on it).
  2. A copy of a delivery partner agreement & fee offer letter.
  3. A previous year's 1099.
Feb 9, 2024

How do I file income from a 1099-NEC? ›

When you receive form 1099-NEC, it typically means you are self-employed and claim your income and deductions on your Schedule C, which you use to calculate your net profits from self-employment. As a self-employed person, you're required to report all of your self-employment income.

How do you file taxes for Grubhub? ›

You will file Schedule C to report your business income and expenses to the IRS. On the Schedule C form, you record all your business income (Grubhub, Postmates, DoorDash, and UberEATS income) and business tax deductions (expenses).

How do I request a 1099-NEC? ›

You can request copies of official 1099 forms from the IRS website, and you'll receive them by mail. If you file electronically, you can use the IRS Filing Information Returns Electronically (FIRE) system. The 1099-NEC can be filed either electronically or by paper form.

Can you write off gas for Grubhub? ›

If you use your vehicle for food delivery work, you can deduct maintenance and repairs for vehicle upkeep and expense. This may include expenses such as car payments, gas costs, oil changes, registration fees, insurance, parking fees, tolls, and depreciation (if you own the car or truck), new tires, or leasing costs.

How do I get my earnings from Grubhub? ›

You can use the Instant Cash Out feature by going to the Earnings tab from the menu in the Grubhub for Drivers app and selecting Cash Out. In order to be eligible for this feature, you will need a verified bank account set up for direct deposit.

How do I show proof of income if I work for DoorDash? ›

As long as you have direct deposit set up and are making money, your paycheck can also be proof of income through your bank. Print off the last 3-6 months of bank statements, depending on how long an income history you need. The bank statements will show your DoorDash earnings being transferred into the account.

What are the guaranteed earnings for Grubhub? ›

During active delivery time you are guaranteed to be paid at least 120% of the local minimum wage at your pickup location, plus $. 34 per mile compensation driven during active delivery time. And, of course, you will continue to receive 100% of tips.

How much tax do you pay on a 1099-NEC? ›

Q. What percentage do you pay in taxes on a 1099 form? Any 1099 income above $400 is taxed at a 15.3% fixed rate by the IRS. This includes 12.4% for Social Security and 2.9% for Medicare.

Is a 1099 NEC a proof of income? ›

This form is one of the best forms to use as proof of income as it serves as an official document for income. Self-employed people will most likely receive a Form 1099-NEC (non-employee compensation) or Form 1099-MISC, which is used if you have several different income sources.

Am I self-employed if I get a 1099 NEC? ›

If payment for services you provided is listed on Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, the payer is treating you as a self-employed worker, also referred to as an independent contractor. You don't necessarily have to have a business for payments for your services to be reported on Form 1099-NEC.

What kind of 1099 does Grubhub use? ›

So if you made $600 or more working for GrubHub, you'll need to file a GrubHub 1099-NEC. If you had any payments processed through a "third-party settlement organization" including credit card or payment apps you might get a 1099-K form from GrubHub.

How do I get my 1099-NEC from DoorDash? ›

Your 1099 tax form will be available to download via Stripe Express if you agreed to paperless delivery. Your 1099 tax form will be mailed to you. If you don't receive an email from Stripe or don't agree to paperless delivery, please allow up to 10 business days for mail delivery.

What do I do if I didn't get a 1099-NEC? ›

If they don't receive the missing or corrected form from their employer or payer by the end of February, they may call the IRS at 800-829-1040 for help. They'll need to provide their name, address, phone number, Social Security number and dates of employment.

How do I email Grubhub 1099? ›

For questions specific to your Grubhub 1099 form, please email For all other tax questions, please consult a tax professional.

How do I get my 1099-NEC from Instacart? ›

If you've earned $600 or more during the tax year, you will receive an email with a 1099-NEC from Instacart as an Instacart tax form. If you don't receive an email with your Instacart 1099, check your spam or junk folder and ensure the email address on your Instacart account matches your primary email address.


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