Perspectives on Taxation Series
Taxing the Gig Economy
- Kathleen DeLaney Thomas
Assistant Professor of Law and Director of UNC School of Law Tax InstituteUniversity of North Carolina School of Law
Millions of Americans now earn income through “gig” work, which allows them to set their own hours and choose which jobs to take. To the surprise of many gig workers, the tax law considers them to be “business owners” and subjects them to onerous recordkeeping and filing requirements along with the obligation to pay quarterly estimated taxes. Professor Thomas will discuss two possible reforms aimed at reducing the tax compliance burdens of gig workers while enhancing the government’s ability to collect tax revenue from them: a “non-employee withholding” regime that would allow online platform companies to withhold taxes for their workers without being classified as employers; and a “standard business deduction” for gig workers that would eliminate the need for those workers to track and report business expenses.
Kathleen DeLaney Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the J. Nelson Young Tax Institute at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Professor Thomas teaches and writes in the areas of tax law and behavioral economics. Prior to joining the UNC faculty, Professor Thomas practiced tax law in New York at Cooley LLP and at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She has also taught tax courses as an Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law at New York University School of Law, from which she received her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation degrees.
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