What is payretax information?
Thread poster: Mustafa Mahmoud

Mustafa Mahmoud  Identity Verified
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Nov 30, 2011

I am a freelance translator living in Egypt and holding the Egyptian nationality. I applied for a US based translation agency, but they required me to provide taxpayer information. I am not American neither i live in USA. Why should i furnish them with these information?


Lebzy lgonzalez25
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You may need to pay taxes in the US Nov 30, 2011

The agency is making sure that you comply with US tax laws. Whether you have to pay any US taxes depends on your particular situation (country, etc). Did the agency sent you a government form labeled W-9? The W-9 is for "US persons". The form applicable to you seems to be W-8. From page 2 of the W-9:

Foreign person. If you are a foreign person, do not use Form W-9.
Instead, use the appropriate Form W-8 (see Publication 515,
Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities).

Here is the link for publication 515:



[Edited at 2011-11-30 13:15 GMT]


John Fossey  Identity Verified
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W8-BEN form Nov 30, 2011

If you are not a US person and are outside the US, the US company needs you to complete a W8-BEN form so they can prove to the US tax authorities that they do not need to withhold US taxes for you. It's a necessary formality for US clients. The W8-BEN form is here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw8ben.pdf


Mustafa Mahmoud  Identity Verified
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W-8 form for non-US citizens Nov 30, 2011

Lebzy González:

Yes they sent to me W-8 form to fill in and signicon_smile.gif

John Fossey:

Thanks for your to-the-point clarification

Thanks guys for your quick reply, really appreciatedicon_smile.gif

Best Regards,


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