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Peter A Member Since: Apr 1, 2020
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Same as above, 30% of our workforce is hired through upwork. Any help in ensuring PPP approval including those costs as payroll would be appreciated by all your client customers.

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Kyle S Member Since: Apr 6, 2020
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Hi Upwork Support, 


Please help! I contacted customer support and was told to use the billings by timesheet- whichh is not AT ALL what is needed by the Government. Can you please help me with an exception as well? TIme is of the essence.

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


Please note that the conversation on this thread isn't related to reporting earnings as a freelancer.


Note that freelancers working on Upwork will not receive 1099-MISC form. Qualifying freelancers will receive 1099-K form. You can find more information about it and learn whether you qualify to receive the form here. I'd also strongly suggest checking the recently hosted "Filing Taxes as a Freelancer" webinar you can access here.

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Thomas M Member Since: Apr 3, 2020
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  Thanks for trying to help in this difficult time. But the general link about contract (1099) employees and W-2 employees that you provide is probably well-understood to all who use Upwork for freelance staff. 


With the PPP loan, a key element of securing the loan through a local bank is evidence of having 1099 workers (such would be the case if any business contracted directly with the worker). The purpose of the loan is to cover payroll. Because Upwork handles the 1099 and operates as a broker service to its clients, the transaction report that a business can download from Upwork is a service invoice and not the 1099 documents that are needed for PPP.  We need the form for each worker from 2019 and first 2 months of 2020.


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Peter A Member Since: Apr 1, 2020
15 of 18
Bad news. The US Treasury updated their guidelines and contractors (with or without 1099) will no longer be considered employees. This is because they are now allowed to apply for PPP so you can't double dip.
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Krishna R Member Since: Apr 6, 2020
16 of 18

Can you cite the exact verbiage?

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Sundar K Member Since: Apr 20, 2020
17 of 18

Hi @Valeria K , 

I am in the same boat. I have been spending around $20K / month on upwork since Oct 2019. I was not really sure how to apply without the 1099, so I did not apply yet. but now that the Congress is replenishing PPPs, can you please help me out on how to show 1099 equivalent for the PPP process. 


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Brian D Member Since: Jun 29, 2016
18 of 18

You can apply through PayPal.