1099 Company Driver Responsible For Fuel?

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Voyager's Comment
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Hi all, i hope you're all fairing well during these interesting times. I was wondering if any of you know if it's normal for company driver under a 1099 contract to have fuel deducted from pay?

Employer: 28 percent of rate confirmation after fuel reduction.

I'm new to the 1099 game, any help would be appreciated 🙂

Greg M.'s Comment
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I think what they are saying is that the fuel comes off what the load pays, then you get 28% of what's left.

Better question is are you sure taking a 1099 job is a smart move? You are going to have to make your own tax payments plus pay both employer and employee sides of social security. In addition if you need benefits they are going to be way more expensive than even the worst employer provided plans.

Finally if you are driving their truck and doing what they tell you to do you are an employee, not an independent contractor. Your employer is falsely labeling you for their benefit. That makes them a liar and a cheat. You want to work for someone like that.

Turtle's Comment
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Voyager, if you receive a 1099 you are not a company driver, you are an independent contractor and subject to everything Greg said above.

Many companies misclassify employees as 1099 workers to evade hefty payroll taxes and liabilities.

I strongly suggest you do some research to see what you've gotten yourself into, and what you need to do going forward.

1099 employee?

Voyager's Comment
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Greg M, Turtle, thank you both for the information you provided. I should have definitely done research before taking the job, i was so eager to get back to work, i didn't bother to educate myself before making any moves.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I did work a "legitimate" 1099 Independent Contractor job a year ago. The company paid a whopping $3000 to go from Virginia to Washington state. However, i was expected to pay all fuel and tolls from that. (Though they did cover the anti-gel - I was delivering the truck power units.) And if I didn't want to make a given run, that was OK.

But I agree with Greg and Turtle. If your company requires you to do the work they assign, and you have no option to do the job or not, you are most probably being employed in an actually illegal way (not illelgal for you, but it is for the company to do you that way.)

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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There is no such thing as a 1099 company driver.

Either you are a contractor or an employee. Can’t be both.

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