Uber has announced a handful of API partnerships designed to help drivers file their taxes.
The ride-hailing giant first announced its Driver API (application programming interface) in October, to serve as a way for developers to create useful services for Uber drivers by connecting to third-party apps. This was in addition to the existing developer platform offered for rider-focused services since 2014.
The Driver API gives access to drivers’ profile information, including rating, picture, and active status; trip details; and payment information. The rest is really up to Uber and third parties to decide what could be useful for drivers. At launch, a number of companies were enlisted to showcase the possibilities, including Sears, which tapped into Uber’s trips endpoint to give drivers loyalty points and discounts. And financial software provider Stride showed how it could incorporate trips and payments endpoints to help drivers identify possible deductions.
“By leveraging driver profile data, trip data, earnings, and more, you can create new apps and services that make driving with Uber more productive and fun,” explained Uber product manager Chris Saad in October.
Now, with Tax Day a month away, Uber is unveiling several new partnerships that will be made available through Uber’s driver app.
By integrating with Intuit’s TurboTax software, Uber drivers can import their Form 1099s, bypassing the need to manually input the information. Drivers can also access tax preparation service H&R Block, specifically its TaxEdge iOS app, which can be used to import their 1099 data and work through their return with a tax expert through their phone.
Following on from its showcase last October, Stride has now “deepened” its integration with Uber through partnering with Credit Karma Tax to offer a completely free end-to-end tax preparation and filing service.
This represents the latest in a long line of tech companies that have integrated with third-party financial tools. Airbnb allows business travelers to expense their accommodation directly through SAP-owned expenses management platform Concur for a few years already, while last year Uber and Lyft both gained similar tools.