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Direct Contracts now live for all freelancers

kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Subodh,

 

Thanks for your interest in the Direct Contracts feature and your questions. 

There is currently no limit for how many Direct Contracts you can initiate. 

Please note that any information submitted to Upwork, including the client's email and payment information, is processed by Upwork in accordance with our Privacy Policy for the purpose of managing the contract you have with the client

Since your client and you will only be using Upwork for payments, any Direct Contracts will not impact your Upwork reputation metrics like Job Success Score. 

~ Valeria
Upwork
arqcova
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Andres C Member Since: Jan 17, 2017
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Hello, I have a question from the client's side, what will happen regarding taxes for the client? The client pays the direct contract (3.4% fee for me), and then the escrow is liberated, etc. and then if the clients need some sort of W9 form or other documents for his US company (for an audit or similar), how does it work with direct contracts?

 

obviously I'm no expert on the topic, I hope I explained myself

kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Thanks for your question, Andres.

In most cases U.S. freelancers—including those who earned more than $600—will not receive a Form 1099-MISC from Upwork or their clients. So if you classify your freelancer as an independent contractor, you don’t need to file a Form 1099-MISC for your payments to them through Upwork. While all freelancers submit their information for Form W-9 (U.S.-based) or Form W-8BEN (international) to Upwork, Upwork doesn’t send freelancers Form 1099-MISC, either. We do file a Form 1099-K when applicable (to freelancers who are U.S. Persons and receive over $20,000 with more than 200 transactions through Upwork).

 

 

To learn more, click here.

~ Valeria
Upwork
jobbe314
Active Member
Edoardo N Member Since: May 2, 2011
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Hi Lena,

i've just started my first Direct Contract to see how it works but i don't think i will use it again cause it seems there are no real benefits for my profile since as soon as the project will be finished i can't get any feedback from the client; to be honest i think Upwork should improve it to make it more interesting for freelancer like me who are interested in continuing to work on the platform.
There a lot of clients that maybe will need 1 work only per year and it doesn't make sense (at least for me) for them to have a profile that they will use 1 time per year or maybe in their lifetime so a "Direct Contract" could be a good option; i don't think it is a good thing (and it is not an incentive for us as freelancers) that they can't leave us a feedback.

Keep in consideration to add this feature.

 

Thx,

Edoardo

d_korolkov
Active Member
Dmytro K Member Since: Sep 30, 2016
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My first direct contract's client can't pass the Quick security check.


They have tried multiple times, requesting numerous codes, but we keep getting errors with the system. 

Can support help me with this so we can get contracting done?


kochubei_valeria
Community Manager
Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Dmytro,

 

We checked and it looks like the client was able to validate the code. Are you and your client still experiencing issues with setting up the contract?

~ Valeria
Upwork
d_korolkov
Active Member
Dmytro K Member Since: Sep 30, 2016
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Hi, Valeria.  It seems to be some kind of problem that have been solved by itself. Client approved they've already got an access. Thanks for your time.

vladag
Community Manager
Vladimir G Community Manager Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
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We appreciate the follow-up, Dmytro! 

 

Feel free to follow up if you have any questions and congrats on your new contract!

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v-marrazzo
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Vincenzo M Member Since: May 16, 2020
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Hi
will Upwork generate invoice for customer at conclusion of Direct Contract?
Regards
Vincenzo

renz03
Active Member
Kristorenz F Member Since: May 22, 2020
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Been thinking of trying the Direct Contract and I wonder if a non-upwork client can leave a feedback after completing the project from a Direct Contract?

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