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Uber bringing smart hire cars to Canberra

By johnboy 8 January 2014 26

Australian Business Traveller reports that the controversial hire car /taxi service to the nerds Uber (wikipedia page for context)is planning an Australian expansion that includes Canberra:

The Uber car hire service could be available in Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and other Australian cities this year.

“In 2014 we plan to bring Uber to many more Australian cities” the company spruiks in its latest marketing campaign.

“We’d like your help to spread the word to your friends all around Australia” Uber says. “We will prioritise launching cities with the most pre-registered users.”

Already running in Sydney and Melbourne, plus several major cities in the USA, Europe and Asia, Uber essentially lets you use a smartphone app to hire any nearby and available private car at near-taxi prices.

We gather that in many techy cities in the US they’ve become a real alternative to car ownership.

(And not, confusingly, to be mistaken for Canberra’s own Uber Global)

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zllauh 4:24 pm 29 May 15

i just saw a promotional video in which they send a russian driver who won’t talk at all :p
who will remain silent during the ride but i doubt Russians :p haha

Funky1 10:28 am 21 May 15

Sandman said :

Funky1 said :

Zultan said :

20-28% of every Uber fair being sent off shore to the Uber Corporation, that doesn’t currently pay Australian taxes. Long term that isn’t going to help Aussie jobs.

Doesn’t 100% of your fare go direct to Uber by way of a credit card payment (assumig the driver doesn’t take cash), and then Uber pay the driver their percentage?

And do all Uber drivers actually have a registered ABN?

Yes, Uber collects all the money. Driver gets 90% from memory.
I don’t think they need an ABN unless they earn a real lot from it. They declare it as supplemental income and pay the taxes based on their total income.

For the record, as a passenger I wouldn’t get into a taxi in Sydney or Melbourne ever again. Uber had the taxi’s beat for convenience, cleanliness , politeness and price. First one I used was an engineer driving a year old BMW who gave us mints. It sold me and every trip since that first has been outstanding.

Sounds like their premium service, Uber Black is it?
Anyone know what their regular service is like?
Also, how do they go about things like insurance etc? I hear that most insurers will nullify a policy if the vehicle is used in a commercial nature.

dungfungus 8:14 am 21 May 15

Sandman said :

Funky1 said :

Zultan said :

20-28% of every Uber fair being sent off shore to the Uber Corporation, that doesn’t currently pay Australian taxes. Long term that isn’t going to help Aussie jobs.

Doesn’t 100% of your fare go direct to Uber by way of a credit card payment (assumig the driver doesn’t take cash), and then Uber pay the driver their percentage?

And do all Uber drivers actually have a registered ABN?

Yes, Uber collects all the money. Driver gets 90% from memory.
I don’t think they need an ABN unless they earn a real lot from it. They declare it as supplemental income and pay the taxes based on their total income.

For the record, as a passenger I wouldn’t get into a taxi in Sydney or Melbourne ever again. Uber had the taxi’s beat for convenience, cleanliness , politeness and price. First one I used was an engineer driving a year old BMW who gave us mints. It sold me and every trip since that first has been outstanding.

“he gave you mints”
Was he wearing a trench coat?

dungfungus 8:12 am 21 May 15

rosscoact said :

Funky1 said :

And do all Uber drivers actually have a registered ABN?

They do not need an ABN if they are generating less that $75,000. If the driver doesn’t have an ABN the company that pays them should take out tax at the top rate, however Uber is a company that is incorporated overseas. I don’t know what the requirements are from the ATO for offshore companies and overseas remittences.

Given we are part of the global economy, I’m sure this has been examined at length by the tax policy wonks.

There is another problem as to what status the Uber operator has which will require the ATO to adjudicate on namely, is he/she an employee or a contractor?
I can’t see Uber wanting to have employees doing their work as the on costs would increase the pricing dramatically so they obviously have to be contractors therefore they must have an ABN.
The problem is that as they will be working exclusively for one customer (Uber) they will be deemed to be employees.

rosscoact 5:14 am 21 May 15

Funky1 said :

And do all Uber drivers actually have a registered ABN?

They do not need an ABN if they are generating less that $75,000. If the driver doesn’t have an ABN the company that pays them should take out tax at the top rate, however Uber is a company that is incorporated overseas. I don’t know what the requirements are from the ATO for offshore companies and overseas remittences.

Given we are part of the global economy, I’m sure this has been examined at length by the tax policy wonks.

dungfungus 8:16 pm 20 May 15

Funky1 said :

Zultan said :

20-28% of every Uber fair being sent off shore to the Uber Corporation, that doesn’t currently pay Australian taxes. Long term that isn’t going to help Aussie jobs.

Doesn’t 100% of your fare go direct to Uber by way of a credit card payment (assumig the driver doesn’t take cash), and then Uber pay the driver their percentage?

And do all Uber drivers actually have a registered ABN?

Some dude from Uber was on TV this evening trying to convince viewers that Uber didn’t provide as service therefore they were exempt from GST.
Nice try dude.

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