U.S. tax for non-residents. Am I exempt?
Thread poster: Li-chuan Yen

Li-chuan Yen  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:48
English to Chinese
Aug 1, 2002

I was asked by a US client to fill in a W-9 form, which I may not possibly complete because I\'m a not a taxpayer in the U.S.



I\'m a Taiwanese resident and have been assigned a job from the above agency. They sent me this W-9 form and mentioned they will withhold some of my payment for tax issues.



From some messages on Proz, it seems I have to fill in a W-8 form instead.



However, after reading some publication from the Inland Revenue website, I\'m still confused. There are a few variaties of W-8 form, and which one shall I use? And I\'m wondering if I\'m exempt from paying the tax.



Dear translators, if you have similar experience, please let me know how to deal with it. Thanks very much in advance.


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Alexandru Pojoga
Romania
Local time: 17:48
Japanese to English
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W8 Aug 11, 2002

Dear Li:



You\'re a non US resident therefore you need to fill in a W8 form - \"Certificate of Foreign Status\".



The agency will have to withhold a 30% US tax -- UNLESS your country has a \"double taxation prevention\" treaty with the US, and most countries do.



In my case, I filled a W8 and got paid the full sum - Romania has a treaty with the US and not one cent was withheld from my payment.



Tell the agency to provide you with a W8 form, they will know which one to use. If they insist on W9, they may simply want to pay you less.


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