Yes! These items are essential right now for Instacart shoppers, Doordash delivery drivers, Postmates fleet members, and many other folks actively working in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As an independent contractor, items to protect yourself while on the job are considered ordinary and necessary and are tax deductible!
Just as delivery hot bags are required for you to transport food, so is the hand sanitizer that you use after interacting with a customer, touching a door handle, or navigating a grocery store.
We've recently added a deduction category for this in the app titled: Personal Protective Equipment
Please be safe out there! Feel free to reach out to the Stride team with any other tax related questions especially if it's about staying healthy and safe!