I have the same questions, and I will try to review Upwork's terms and conditions again, and let you know if I understand some or all of it, please be patient, thank you.
This is the information I found that best matches your questions and mine:
If you're a freelancer whom the I.R.S. defines as a “U.S. Person” you need to file a W-9 form with Upwork and report income on your tax return.
About W-9 Form
All freelancers who are U.S. persons should file a Form W-9 with Upwork (all others should file a Form W-8BEN). You sign electronically by submitting the form.
You can submit by filling in the "Tax Information" fields here:
Update my tax information
Be sure to provide us with your:
Legal Name – Your own name, or your business name if you're filing as a company entity Address – Where Upwork will mail your Form 1099-K or other tax forms, if necessary
Filing Status – Type of IRS tax filing you will use for earnings Taxpayer Identification Number – TIN type and # you will use for your IRS tax filing
Please contact your local accountant or tax advisor if you have questions about your filing status or TIN.
I Ia m also unemployed and want to abide by the law. So, I don't know exactly what we need to do, but I assume that we need to contact the IRS first, I am new so this is my guess. I have never done any taxes, never had an official job. I tried to find a way to contact upwork directly, but no luck, so I used the "bot" to answer my questions. I saw other options somewhere and maybe I think that those other contacts will get me straight through Upwork's customer service, take care.
Hi Lola and Javier,
All US freelancers need to submit their W9 form in order to be able to withdraw their earnings. To learn more about this check out this Help Article.
Regarding your taxes, I can advise you both to consult yourselfs with a local specialist about your earnings from Upwork and how to report them. Thank you.
As a freelancer on Upwork you are considered to be independent contractor and every US person who is independent contractor need to file and sign form w9. The W-9 itself is informational form that stays with Upwork. However, Upwork uses the information on the W9 to prepare and file with the IRS form 1099 on behalf of the contractor. The 1099 is a report for your total earning on upwork for 2019. Upwork will send you a copy of the 1099 that was filed with the IRS next year by 01/31/2020 . You will need to report the earning declaration on the form next year when you prepare your 2019 tax return.
One correction - Upwork does NOT provide a 1099 under a certain level (I think it's $10k). You are supposed to keep track of your income and pay taxes on it. Also, keep track of your business expenses (internet, phone, office supplies, whatever) to claim against your income.
I use TurboTax for self-employed which makes the entire process very easy. And the cost of TurboTax is a business expense, so it's deductible.
If you make more than a certain threshold amount, regardless of where it comes from, you have to file taxes. That threshold depends on your situation, but it's easily found with Google.
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