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How do taxes work?

Rover is not a tax advisor and cannot provide advice about taxes, income reporting, or unemployment.

Whether a resident of the United States or Canada, you are responsible for complying with all applicable laws related to reporting income. We encourage you to consult with a tax advisor to better understand your requirements. 

In this article, we’ll cover commonly asked questions about taxes:

 

Do I need to submit a W9 to Rover?

If you are a U.S. taxpayer and redeem earnings via check, Rover will require you to complete a Form W-9, if we do not have one on file for you already for your dog-sitting service. This form allows you to submit your taxpayer identification information (i.e. social security number or tax identification number). It is vital that we receive the completed W-9 by January 10th.

Note: Although anyone who redeems their earnings via check will be prompted to complete a W-9, not all sitters/walkers who complete one will be eligible to receive a 1099. See section “Will I receive a 1099 from Rover?” for more details.

If you redeem all your earnings via Paypal, you don’t need to submit a W-9 to Rover. This is because Rover does not handle tax documentation for redemptions made via PayPal. See section “Will I receive a 1099 from Rover?” for more details.

 

How do I know if Rover already has a W-9 on file for me?/ How do I submit a W-9 to Rover?

If we don’t already have a W-9 on file for you, the next time you go to withdraw funds via check, you will be prompted to fill out a W-9 and mail the completed form to Rover, as pictured below.  

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If you don’t receive this prompt when you go to withdraw funds via check, that means we already have a W-9 on file for you, and you do not need to submit another W-9.

 

Will I receive a 1099 from Rover?

Whether you receive a 1099 from Rover will depend on how you’ve withdrawn your Rover funds and how much you’ve withdrawn. Here’s how it breaks down for sitters/walkers:

If you’ve been paid out over $600 via check over the course of a calendar year, Rover will send you a 1099 tax form.

Note: Rover does not handle tax documentation for redemptions made via PayPal, as per IRS rules, the entity that distributes these funds to you is responsible for generating these documents, as appropriate. To learn more, see this IRS document, 2018 instructions for Form 1099-MISC. If you redeem your earnings through PayPal, then PayPal will handle your tax documentation in accordance with its own tax reporting practices. For more information, see the PayPal article How does PayPal report my sales to the IRS? Will I receive a 1099 tax statement?

 

When/how will 1099s be sent?

All 1099s will be sent via mail on January 31st. An electronic copy of your 1099 will also be emailed via tax1099.com on January 30 or January 31st. If you do not want to access your 1099 electronically, please disregard the email from tax1099.com.

Remember, not all sitters will be eligible to receive a 1099 from Rover, see section Will I receive a 1099 from Rover? for more information.

 

What if I don’t meet the requirements to receive a 1099 from Rover?

The fact that your payments on Rover do not reach $600 in a tax year does not relieve you of your obligation to report and pay taxes received through the Rover platform. For more information, see the IRS website about independent contractors and 1099/W9 information.

If you have questions about receiving or submitting a Form W-9, please contact Rover Customer Support. For questions about taxes, income reporting, or your contractor status, please contact your tax advisor.

 

Will I receive a W-2?

No, as a Rover sitter/walker you are not considered a Rover employee, and will not be sent a W-2.

 

How can I check how much I've earned on Rover and/or DogVacay?

You can see just how much you've earned and withdrawn by year right from your Rover account. Here's how:

1. Navigate to your dashboard by selecting your name in the upper right corner of your screen. Select Dashboard.

2. Under Rover Balance, select View Payments & Promo Codes.

3. Under Rover Balance on the right, you'll see your Withdrawal History by Year and External Withdrawal History.  If you were previously a DogVacay sitter, this External Withdrawal History section would reflect payments you received from DogVacay. 

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