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Tax Challenges of the Gig Economy

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We know all too well the tax challenges that Independent Contractors can face, so when we saw this great article about recent tax changes (and the lack thereof) on theconversation.com, we immediately thought of our partners.
 
The author, Caroline Bruckner, has testified before the IRS and congressional committees on the issue of gig workers’ taxes. She explains thoroughly and simply some of the common problems that Independent Contractors and gig workers can face because of the current tax code, especially individuals who don’t meet the earning threshold to receive a 1099 from the businesses they partner with:

 

“Anyone who doesn’t get forms indicating how much taxable income they earned risks underpayingIRS data show that 63 percent of the taxpayers who are not subject to withholding by their employers or don’t get 1099s misreport income, often unintentionally.

When quarterly or annual errors surface, unsuspecting delinquent taxpayers may incur penalties and owe interest. They also miss out on claiming the deductions and credits they may have otherwise been entitled to, which would have cut their tax bill. Often, taxpayers may not realize that they owe taxes on income for work that doesn’t generate any IRS paperwork.”

 
Unlike other companies, Delivery Drivers Inc. keeps a record of all drivers’ earnings no matter what amount they made during the year. We are here to help you with any questions that come up during tax season, and we can even set aside some of your income for taxes throughout the year!

If you are an independent contractor, we highly recommend that you read the full article on The Conversation here: https://theconversation.com/congress-failed-to-fix-tax-woes-for-gig-workers-90522

If you’re interested in becoming a partner with DDI, please contact: 888-334-9675 ext. 0 or you can email us at operations@ddiwork.com. For more information or online registration, simply go to: https://ddiwork.com/drivers/sign-up/
 

2018 Labor Laws Blog

New Labor Laws For 2018

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As the calendar has turned and we’re well on our way into 2018, as is typical, the new year has brought with it new labor laws. Whether you exclusively use employees, contractors or a mix of both, chances are your State has implemented new legislation that may affect your business. Federally, there are several new regulations that impact everyone.

Littler Mendelson is one of, if not the premier employment law practice in the country. They’ve put together a comprehensive summary of the labor law changes for 2018. Below is an except pertaining to North Carolina that is particularly relevent for us here at DDI and our partners who interact with Independent Contractors:

“[Measure SB 407] Creates an Employee Classification Section within the North Carolina Industrial Commission, to investigate reports of misclassification and to coordinate state agencies in recouping taxes, wages, etc. [It] Also requires workplace posting.”

We highly recommend that you read the entire article by Littler Mendelson! Staying on top of ever-changing labor laws can be challenging for any business. That’s why DDI is here to here to help with your compliance needs. If you’re interested in becoming a partner with DDI, please contact: 888-334-9675 ext. 3, or you can email us at sales@ddiwork.com. We look forward to working with you!

 

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4 Driver Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween

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We know how important it is to share the road and to stay safe. Now that it’s time to celebrate Halloween over the weekend and next week, we wanted to throw out a few driving safety tips, as this holiday can be a scarily dangerous time on the road.

1. No Additional Distractions

It’s easy to be distracted on Halloween… there’s so much to look at… so it’s important not to add further distractions.

  • We all love music, some of us louder than others, while we drive. That said, Halloween is not the time to be rocking out to your favorite songs. Make sure you have the radio low enough, or even completely off, so you can hear if a car honks or kids nearby.
  • We know it couldn’t be any more obvious, but ENSURE you put your Smartphone down! Only use it when you’re pulled over and safely parked.
  • Psst… This goes for eating snacks and candy too. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

2. Use Lights and Caution

It’s common sense (and the law) to have your headlights on at night, but during this time of year, you should likely have them on during the day and early evening. This will aid in helping you be visible to those around you… especially little ghosts and goblins.

It’s also important to make sure you communicate with other drivers around you. If you see a stopped car, especially in a residential area, wait or proceed with caution. On Halloween, kiddos get picked up and dropped off so it’s best to triple check to make sure you’re clear – then, pass with caution.

3. Speed Limits aren’t Open for Interpretation… Go Slow!

Following the speed limit should always happen, but pay extra attention when there will be an excess of people on the roads… like on Halloween. Children, and some adults, are excitable this time of year and eagerly run from house to house. They’re often unpredictable and some may be wearing dark costumes, which makes it harder to see during the evening hours. If you’re going slow, you should be able to ensure your safety, and the safety of those around you.

4. Speaking of those around you…

With Halloween being an extra busy night, you will want to constantly scan the road for drivers and pedestrians. Keep in mind, adults also celebrate Halloween and some may be “celebrating” with more than just Snickers and Skittles. If you have to be on the road during the evening hours, do what you can be be fully aware of your surroundings and drive with extra caution.

Important life tip! If you drove to an adult Halloween party and don’t feel you should drive home, don’t risk it. Call Lyft, Uber, a friend, a cab or your Mom to come get you. It’s not worth the risk!

Do you know another safe Halloween tip that didn’t make the list? Share them with us on our Facebook Page! We’d love to hear from you.

If you’re interested in becoming a partner with DDI, please contact: 888-334-9675 ext. 0 or you can email us. For more information or online registration, simply go to: https://ddiwork.com/drivers/sign-up/.

How Can DDI Help Your Business? Insurance

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At DDI, we understand the ins and outs of the ever-changing world of insurance. When a company signs up with DDI, they get a team of specialists who handle all insurance renewals. The team is also here to help in the event a driver partner gets injured or in an accident, thus offering you and them peace of mind knowing they’re in good hands.

Let DDI Handle Your Insurance.

At DDI, we want nothing but the best for our clients and driver partners. Having to deal with the rules, regulations and many other facets of insurance coverage can be overwhelming, especially to someone who is self-employed!  That’s why we have a dedicated team to help with insurance needs so you don’t have to worry, whether you’re a driver or a client.

Here are some of the things that we offer:

  • Perform Insurance Carrier Audits
  • Incident / Accident Management
  • Driver / Worker Injury Assistance
  • Client Coverage Renewals
  • Corporate Insurance Renewals
  • Underwriting New Coverage

We offer various benefits to both companies, as well as to the drivers. In addition to Insurance, DDI’s other programs – Compliance, Recruitment, Enrollments and Accounting – are instrumental in how we help our delivery companies attract and retain the right drivers.

If you’re interested in becoming a client with DDI, please contact: 888-334-9675 ext. 3, or you can email us at sales@ddiwork.com.

If you want to learn more about our driving opportunities, simply visit: https://ddiwork.com/drivers/sign-up/.

We look forward to working with you, and making your lives easier!

How Can DDI Help Your Business? Accounting

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Do you operate a delivery or courier company and find it overwhelming to keep up with the HR side of the business? Do you feel you’re spending more time on accounting than your own business?

DDI knows how frustrating all of this can be, especially when you have multiple things on your plate while trying to run your business and build its success. We understand how valuable time and money is, which is why we want to share with you as to what makes DDI so great at handling specific accounting tasks!

 Let DDI do the work for you!

We’ve discussed Recruitment and Enrollment the past few weeks, and now we are going to tell you why Accounting is another important reason as to why DDI is the right solution for your company’s back-end needs.

So what makes DDI so great at handing accounting specific tasks for companies? It’s the compliance items we catch in the accounting process. Such as, showing drivers the pay for the leasing equipment or being charged for their mistake. When you make a partnership with DDI, you immediately gain all this time to focus on building your company’s success in this very popular marketplace. Now, we want to show you how you can continue with this by turning your attention to the topic of:

ACCOUNTING

At DDI, we want nothing but the best for you and the drivers, which is why we pride ourselves in being 100% accurate in everything we do. We are always here to help if there are ever any issues from the driver’s pay period, how many deliveries they are getting, etc.

Our accounting department is built to keep an arm’s length between you and the drivers! We keep track of all the expenses to make tax filing for drivers easier. All you have to do is submit the amount of deliveries each driver did with the gross delivery fees earned for the week into our system every Monday. That’s it! You will no longer be responsible for cash in the office, processing payroll or keeping up with expenses. Best of all, each driver can receive their direct deposit into their account every Friday.

We have the most efficient technology that runs all of this. Being paperless and having customizable accounting cycles creates a positive relationship between the company and the client. Let us help you by saving you time and your business money. It’s that simple!

When it comes time to work out all the numbers, we handle it all. Here’s a brief recap of what we can do, but not limited, for you:

Year-end driver tax work
Paycard option
Worker tax packets: 1099-misc and 1099k processing
Weekly secure, online settlement processing
Paperless Accounting
100% outsourced ‘payroll’
Tax assistance
Income verifications for loans…etc
And more!

In addition to Accounting, DDI’s other programs –Compliance, Recruitment, Enrollments and Insurance – are instrumental in how we help your company attract and retain the right drivers. If you’re interested in becoming a partner with DDI, please contact: 888-334-9675 ext. 3, or you can email us at sales@ddiwork.com. For more information or online registration, simply go to: https://ddiwork.com/drivers/sign-up/. We look forward to working with you!

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4 Tips to Safely Share the Road this Summer

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We’re in the middle of the summer season, which means more people are out on the road. As a driver, it’s important to be extra cautious and to be on the lookout for pedestrians and those sharing the road with you. We thought we’d provide you with a few tips on how to stay extra safe when driving this summer.

1.    Pay Attention and Stay Alert

This is probably the most important (and maybe most obvious?) tip of all. There will always be a distracted driver on the road: looking at their phones, daydreaming, eating or reaching for something inside of their car. It happens all the time and it’s up to you to be alert and to always be aware of your surroundings. You also need to be on the lookout for pedestrians and bike riders. They will always have the right away and it can be hard to predict what their next move is going to be. It’s up to you to always be thinking at least two steps ahead.

Another important note is to avoid tunnel vision while you are driving. By just focusing on the car in front of you, you become unaware of additional surroundings. Tunnel vision can cause you to miss signs, signals and you won’t know what the other cars around you are doing. As a driver, you need to pay attention to all of your surroundings and stay alert.

2.    Signal Sooner and Pass with Caution

Signaling is not only a common courtesy, but is one of the simplest safety tasks that you can do. Many of us either forget to signal or no longer think it’s important, and it’s a flaw that leads to frequent accidents. Don’t overlook these common and important times to engage your blinker:

  • Indicate around parked cars
  • Indicate at a roundabout
  • Signal when parallel parking

And maybe most importantly,

  • Indicate when merging or changing lanes to keep everyone on the road informed and safe, including yourself.

3.    Avoid Blind Spots

Every car has a blind spot. If a car is in front of you, in the lane over, and you can’t see the driver in their side mirror, then you are in their blind spot and you need to move as safely as possible.Before you start driving, adjust both of your side mirrors and your rearview mirror first thing. You want to make sure that you can properly see all around you as best as possible to minimize the risk of getting into an accident.


4.    Keep Enough Distance Between Vehicles

We cannot stress this one enough! You should always be a car distance or at least 4 seconds behind a vehicle. This will greatly lower your chances of getting into an accident if the car in front of you was to abruptly stop.

Important Tip: If you notice a car tailgating you, DON’T break check them and DON’T speed up or slow down. Signal, look and get out of the lane to avoid anything bad from happening.

Do you know another safety tip that didn’t make the list? Share them with us on our Facebook Page! We’d love to hear from you.

If you’re interested in becoming a partner with DDI, please contact: 888-334-9675 ext. 0 or you can email us at operations@ddiwork.com. For more information or online registration, simply go to: https://ddiwork.com/drivers/sign-up/

How Can DDI Help Your Business? Enrollment

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Do you own or run a delivery or courier company and find it overwhelming to keep up with the HR side of the business? We understand that it can be easy for numerous other aspects of running your business to take your attention, or perhaps simply, you just want to focus on your business without dealing with the red tape and paperwork that comes along with it. Guess what? We have good news: It doesn’t have to be that hard.

DDI is your solution!

A few weeks ago, we began a series that will feature various reasons DDI is the right solution for your company’s back-end needs. We began talking about the Recruitment side of business and now want to turn your attention to the topic of:

ENROLLMENTS

At DDI, we strive to make things as easy on you and the drivers as possible. When enrolling drivers into our program, we collect all necessary documents electronically. Additionally, we run all necessary reports and make sure we have updated insurance on file at all times so you don’t have to worry about collecting and maintaining more paperwork in your office. We keep you compliant, while also being “green.” Doesn’t that sound ideal?

When enrolling in the DDI program, the drivers will be assigned a driver profile. This is where they log in to fill out initial paperwork, negotiate DDI administrative rate, upload personal information (direct deposit info, driver’s license information, phone number, email, and address) and see pay stubs every week. As mentioned above; we keep everything on file for you. That way if your company ever gets called into question, you would have the evidentiary support to prove the drivers are truly entrepreneurs, in business for themselves.

Let’s take a moment to recap, shall we? With such tremendous technology at our fingertips, we are proud to be paperless, compliant and have the ability to:

  • Provide nationwide MVR screening
  • Provide background checks (felony and misdemeanor)
  • Provide drug screening
  • Provide sexual offender database registry screening
  • Keep a worker’s personal information, including auto insurance certificates, on file (online)
  • Handle contract & paperwork administration online
  • Provide drivers their own user-friendly and thorough profile they manage as contractors
  • Offer 1-on-1 customer service in the form of welcome calls at the end of the enrollments process
  • Manage driver garnishments & tax withholding orders
  • And more

Contact one of our experts today at 888.334.9675 (ext: 3) for more information on our services, and don’t forget to catch our next blog in August, featuring our Accounting services.

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