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Indian TDS Tax Withholding on Upwork Earnings

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

We've been advised that the reporting is done quarterly. So a statement will be provided to the freelancer every three months with the details of the tax withheld on their behalf.

~ Valeria
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Dheeraj k Member Since: Sep 27, 2017
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hello Joanne Marie P 

the problem is  one of employer pay  me and my pan is not added in my agency profile that time , pan is updated in my presonal profile , later on i also added in my compnay account but before that upwork charge  me 100 usd as tds so is that tds i will get refund so instead  of 5% am i get charge 0.75 or looking forward for your guidence how to get deducted money back thanks 

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Vladimir G Community Manager Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
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Hi Dheeraj,

Thanks for the question. Please note that we can't offer specific tax advice and suggest you reach out to a trusted tax expert or advisor. Since the transaction in question appears to had happened before PAN number was added to your account, a 5% rate has been applied. We are required to forward any tax we collect from our users to the Indian government. Going forward you should see the tax being withheld at 0.75% rate.

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Anupam G Member Since: Mar 31, 2017
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Guys, TDS means "Tax Deducted at Source", Upwork here is the source for all work we do on the plateform so as GOI mandate they must withhold whatever percentage Govt. decides and follow procedures so it gets reflected on our accounts!


I just hope they are not having any troubles with IT department, as they mostly collect in USD so how is it going to reflect in ones account and what currency conversation rates will apply and whatnot, if I understand it right!!


Hope this gets done quickly, we all are in edge right now!

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Nitin Kumar S Member Since: Jun 9, 2014
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  1. Why can't Upwork pay this within the big fat 20% or 10% they are earning from us?
  2. Is there any clarification on how the Upwork earnings come under foreign e-commerce operators? I mean it makes sense for purchasing connects, purchasing membership etc. How exactly is working for a client an e-commerce transaction? 
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Kundan K Member Since: Sep 19, 2017
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Nitin in my opinion you are right. The TDS should not be applicable for freelancers. We are earning forign exchanges. The new tax rule is applicable for transations where one pays to foriegn e-commerce companies in Indian rupee which is converted to foreign currency. This is applicable for any purchases eg from or google us and similar.


Upwork needs to look into it in more detail and take more consultation.


Here is more details from bloomberg 

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Aman A Member Since: Feb 12, 2018
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My name on upwork profile is Aman**Edited for community guidelines**

but on PAN CARD has name as Aman**Edited for community guidelines**

and bank account name as Aman**Edited for community guidelines**

Everything is 100% as per indian Income Tax rules and Bank laws. no issue for this.


But Now my question is how should I fill it in First Name and Last Name in upwork because it doesn't have any Middle name field. Is below correct to update ? 

First Name : Aman 

Last Name :**Edited for community guidelines**


Please reply me for this question ASAP, so I can fill in my pan card details.

Joanne Marie P Moderator Member Since: Nov 26, 2017
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Hi Aman,


You may enter your PAN or Aadhaar number in the “Tax Info” section under “Settings. Please fill in the requested information accordingly. 

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Aman A Member Since: Feb 12, 2018
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Hi Joanne,


I want to update my name in upwork, that what I am asking to. I want to update my upwork profile name to same as PAN number, can I do that?

Aleksandar D Moderator Member Since: Mar 23, 2019
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Hi Aman,


One of our team members will reach out to you directly via a support ticket to assist you further.

Thank you.

~ Aleksandar