Bad news for Uber users
These new changes will affect both drivers and passengers
Truly, it is a black day for all.
Uber - a.k.a. our only means of transport when it is rainy, windy, or a Monday - has just lost a landmark battle with the Australian Taxation Office.
The gist of it? Uber is about to become more expensive.
The initial case was brought against the ride-sharing company in 2015, when the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) alleged that people using their cars to provide rides should pay tax on every dollar earned. Regular taxi drivers are already doing this, but Uber - as a new, start-up service - had long slipped through the cracks.
Uber challenged the ATO's ruling, but today the Federal Court in Sydney has upheld the verdict in the government's favour.
Passengers won't be the only ones affected by this ruling. Now, the more than 20,000 Australians who drive for Uber will have to pay tax for their side hustle.
An Uber spokesperson said of the decision:
"We feel that the position taken by the ATO jeopardises this flexible income, harms job creation, and is guidance that should not have been issued while a comprehensive federal government tax review is under way."
Sure, we realise that taxes are a natural part of any healthy demoncracy. But still, adulting sucks.