Due to the delays caused by Covid-19 pandemic and changes in US Tax Law, Upwork is unable to offer a physical copy of the form 6166 at the moment. This is out of our control, as the US Government handles the form, and Upwork has to wait for them to generate the forms and send them to us.
Once we're able to process these requests again, we'll update this Community thread.
Thank you for your understanding.
Sorry, but this does not look like a solution - it cause all Belarus freelancers to pay extra taxes. But as I mentioned above - see https://community.upwork.com/t5/Freelancers/IRS-Form-6166-for-Belarus/m-p/873877/highlight/true#M540... and wrote to the support there is a simple solution for this issue - to publish publicaly electronic copies of the IRS Form 6166 forms for Belarus on the Upwork web-site. In this case accordingly to the local regulations the scans (with reference to the published online forms) would be legally accepted by Belarus tax authorities in the same way as original paper IRS Form 6166 document and freelancers from Belarus would not need to pay extra tax.
I do not understand Upwork position here as:
- it creates additional overhead on Belarus freelances and forces them to pay extra taxes
- information containing in the IRS Form 6166 is not a confidential one, and you could easily find corresponding images in internet and download it scans without requesting Upwork support
- many international online businesses already published their forms online for Belarus partners convenience (for example Uber - https://pro.yandex/by-ru/minsk/uber-docs)
- this solution would really reduce workload on support by reducing number of support requests to provide IRS Form 6166 scans.
I.e. it looks like a win-win solution: less work for the Upwork support, less taxes to pay for freelancers - why not just to publish a page with links to scans??
I hope that Upwork would finally pay attention to the issue and simplify life for 3000+ freelancers from Belarus.
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