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Do you update your location when you are travelling?

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Francesco C Member Since: Jan 4, 2016
11 of 18

Just wanted to highlight a scenario that might become increasily common on this community due to the amount of "digital nomads" that might sign up here.

 

I think Upwork should distinguish between a freelancer's "billing/legal address" and his/her "current location".

In my case, as a professionist I pay taxes in one Country and my VAT number is tied to that Country.

But I haven't actually lived there since 2008.

I cannot update my current location as it would void the tax info stored in my profile.

I have raised this concern with the customer support team, and they confirmed it's not possible to have a billing address in one country, and a different current location.

 

I think it's fairly common that a freelancer pays taxes in a country and lives in another, or work whilst travelling in different time zones.

 

My profile shows that I live in a Country, and when I communicate with clients I have to explain I am actually based somewhere else. That could sound a bit dodgy and influence the hiring process.

 

Is this something that you guys are looking into already?

Moderator
Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
12 of 18

Hi Francesco,

 

Your profile has to represent your actual location, so I suggest changing it if you move to a different country. Additionally, make sure you have legal permission and appropriate visa to work in that country and consult with a legal specialist regarding taxes.

 

Thank you.

~ Valeria
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Francesco C Member Since: Jan 4, 2016
13 of 18

Hi Valeria, thanks for your suggestion.

 

I understand your point.

 

But EU citizen have the right to work anywhere within the EU.

 

So if I am a professionist registered in, say, Italy and paying taxes there; and I decide to spend 6 months in, say, France; I am not required to register a new business in France. I can provide my services and invoice them with my Italian address, and still live in France.

 

Say I decide to go on a trip in South East Asia for 3 months whilst freelancing. What do I do? Change the details of my profile to which address?

I need the possibility to show clients that I am in a different time zone for a while, and still be able to provide my services and to invoice.

Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
14 of 18

@Francesco C wrote:

But EU citizen have the right to work anywhere within the EU.

 

So if I am a professionist registered in, say, Italy and paying taxes there; and I decide to spend 6 months in, say, France; I am not required to register a new business in France.


 But at 6 months and 1 day you do....theoretically / legally. And if you are travelling and working outside the EU you actually DO have to have a work permit in every country you work in, on the Internet or otherwise.

 

Many don't care, some do but don't do much about it, some care and take pretty dire action of discovered - the USA for example.

Community Guru
Ronald T Member Since: Sep 14, 2009
15 of 18

Kinda takes the fun out of being a "digital nomad."

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Sol J Member Since: Jul 30, 2019
16 of 18

I have the same problem. I opened N26 to be able to get paid, so I have to put my adress in Europe, although I pay taxes in Argentina. And I am not living there for this half year. Is there any solution? Because now I cant submit proposals. Thanks.

Moderator
Goran V Moderator Member Since: Mar 24, 2017
17 of 18

Hi Sol,

 

At the moment your City is not listed in your address and that is the reason why you`re receiving the error. Please keep in mind presenting misleading information is a violation of our TOS, your profile location needs to reflect your current location. Thank you.


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Sol J Member Since: Jul 30, 2019
18 of 18
Yes I put the city I am actually living, but it didn't let me anyways, so I
changed back to the place where I usually live. It is very tricky actually.
Now I cant sent proposals. I think we could be able to work from any
country as we are freelancers. I dont know what to do right now. When I
entered back my old address It dind't work, so i dont know what could be
the solution.
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