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Valeria Audivert  Identity Verified
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Aug 8, 2007

What is the IRS form used when contracting with foreign (non US based) translators?
i.e. What are the equivalents of a W-9 and 1099 forms for foreign contractors?
Thanks.


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Yongmei Liu  Identity Verified
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W-8BEN Aug 9, 2007

A W-8BEN form establishs that the payee is a non-US person under tax law and is exempt from withholdings. Save this in your file in case the IRS asks questions. A 1099 is probably not needed since nothing is withheld. You of course still get to deduct the payment on your 1040 Schedule as a business expense. I am not an accountant so usual disclaimers apply.

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Check Further Aug 9, 2007

I have no idea what the answer is, but I would advise you to check IRS sites and/or a competent US tax advisor, which Yonmei is not.

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Yongmei Liu  Identity Verified
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Why so grumpy, pray tell? ;-) Aug 9, 2007

... a competent US tax advisor, which Yonmei is not.


Yeah, I told her as much.

[Edited at 2007-08-09 05:22]


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