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Re: Non Eu VAT charges

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Sofia G Member Since: Jan 9, 2020
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To whom this may concern,

 

 I am totally new to upwork. I am trying to understand the specifics regarding non EU VAT charges ,payments and billing procedures.

I currently leave in Albania and I am a professional retoucher. I do not own a VAT number. Is that a problem?

For receiving payments I am thinking of creating a paypal account that will be receiving payments on my personal Albanian bank account.Please let me know if there is anything I need to be aware of in regards to the above mentioned. Or if there any any actions I need to take.

 

Thank you for your time and assistance

 

,Kind regards,

 

Sofia Guda

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Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
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Hi Sofia,

 

You can complete the W-8BEN form under Settings> Tax Info, which purpose is to

confirm you're not a US taxpayer. You can use your own legal name as it appears in your passport or other official documents. 

 

Please note that Upwork is applying and remitting VAT in case a freelancer from the EU doesn't provide a valid VAT number. You'll need to consult a local tax advisor regarding any charges that might apply to the services you provide to your clients.

 

You can find payment methods available in your country by going to your Settings> Get Paid and clicking Add a Payment method. Check out this help article for more information.

 

Thank you!

~ Bojan
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Sofia G Member Since: Jan 9, 2020
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Dear Bojan,

 

thank you for the prompt and informative reply.

 

You mentioned that  Upwork is applying and remitting VAT in case a freelancer from the EU doesn't provide a valid VAT number. However Albania is not in the EU. Therefore my question is that for an non EU  country how will the VAT will be calculated and applied?

 

Thank you in advance,

 

Kind regards,

Sofia Guda

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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Sofia,

 

That help article lists the countries where Upwork is currently able to assess VAT on digital services provided by Upwork.

You may want to talk to a local tax adviser about VAT in your country and about ways to report your Upwork income to tax authorities in general.

~ Valeria
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