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Do foreign contractors get treated any differently tax-wise?


by @lightmotif6yr  | 5 comments

Iโ€™m an American who has been a sole proprietor (freelancer) for a long time. Iโ€™ve occasionally hired American subcontractors, who I send 1099s in January. What do I need to consider tax-wise or in any other way financially if I want to hire a subcontractor from abroad?

Iโ€™m also interested in knowing more about any roadblocks potential clients from other countries would have in contracting to me. I havenโ€™t done business across borders yet. Thanks.

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You donโ€™t withhold for US contractors. They are required to report and pay their self-employment tax. You โ€œreportโ€ it on the 1099 just to let the IRS know that you had paid them, in case they decide NOT to let the IRS know! That is your only obligation. If you paid them less than $400 in a year, you donโ€™t even need to file the 1099 for them. If you pay them via Paypal, you also donโ€™t file the 1099 as all the tax docs go through Paypal now. If you hire a foreign subcontractor, just write it off as an expense and let them deal with their own countryโ€™s tax system. (they might not even have to declare or pay on it if they live somewhere else and are from a country that doesnโ€™t make you pay taxes when you arenโ€™t residing in your home country).

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Right - I knew that about US independent contractors, as Iโ€™ve hired them before. However, thatโ€™s not totally correct about foreign contractors โ€“ you have to get them to fill out a W8-BEN if you read the link I posted above (you have US contractors fill out a W9). Otherwise, yes, looks like their fees should be handled the same as US contractors.

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OK, I just found this: http://intltax.typepad.com/intltax_blog/2012/10/form-1099-for-payments-to-foreign-contractors-for-services.html

What confuses me a little still is that you donโ€™t need to withhold tax anyway for any independent contractor, even inside the U.S. (thatโ€™s only if they are a W2 temp employee, which I donโ€™t hire). So Iโ€™m still not getting this emphasis on withholding, but sounds like itโ€™s fairly simple to subcontract to a foreign vendor. Correct me if Iโ€™m wrong, anyone.

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I donโ€™t know what that means?

And wow, this is pretty confusing: https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/International-Businesses/U.S.-Withholding-Agent-Frequently-Asked-Question

@opwagner - would you happen to be reading and generous enough to summarize what I need to worry about in hiring a foreign vendor?

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In many countries there is โ€œwitholding taxโ€ of foreign contractors.

Itโ€™s in most french non-double-taxation agreements (retenue ร  la source) but may not be enforced too much.
Apparently Portugal is very efficient at enforcing this taxation.

my 2 cents :wink:

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