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Re: W-8BEN & Canadian Freelancer

redsandscreative
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Brendan M Member Since: Nov 1, 2018
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Hey guys,

Wondering if anyone can help with the W-8BEN! I'm wondering how it is shared with Canada or its purpose?

I am a Canadian Freelancer. I've never heard of the W-8BEN and my accountant says its more or less just a form that allows UpWork to not withhold X amount of taxes due to me being a non U.S Citizen. 

 

Is this form shared with Canada? I do not have a registered business.

tinker_bell3
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Joanne Marie P Moderator Member Since: Nov 26, 2017
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Hi Brendan,

 

The Form W-8BEN is a form used to confirm you’re not a U.S. taxpayer and that Upwork is not required to withhold taxes from your earnings. For record-keeping purposes, Upwork requires a Form W-8BEN for all non-U.S. taxpayers paid on Upwork. Once you file your Form W-8BEN, the system will activate your eligibility to access funds immediately. Please check this help article for more information. 

~ Joanne
Upwork
mo_rahim
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Mo R Member Since: Mar 31, 2021
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Since the note says " provide the same name as per your tax return" below the legal business name prompt, Do I have to have a registered business in Canada? What does tax return refers to, the US or Canada? Do I have to fill the w8ben paper from the IRS website? And then submit it to Canada's revenew agency? Please advise.
tinker_bell3
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Joanne Marie P Moderator Member Since: Nov 26, 2017
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Hi Mo,

 

The Form W-8BEN is a form used to confirm you’re not a U.S. taxpayer and that Upwork is not required to withhold taxes from your earnings.  Kindly follow the steps below to provide Upwork with your Form W-8BEN information:

 

  • Go Settings  Tax Information
  • Provide us with your legal name and address
~ Joanne
Upwork