Affiliate Tax Tips for Non-US Citizens

Last Update: May 23, 2016

Hi everybody;

I'm writing this post with the intention of having a gathering place for this hugely important info. This post is to help get input from everyone who can share their particular country's tax form regulations with their own countrymen & women.


I've seen that I'm not alone in my lack of of tax knowledge, concerning my affiliate commissions. I think more than a few of us are floundering here;)

WE NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT NUMBERS TO FILL OUT ON OUR AFFILIATE PROGRAM REGISTRATION FORMS.

(OK Terry...tell us how you REALLY feel..LOL).


As affiliate marketers, we are united. And it's likely safe to say that we share the belief that the biggest and most lucrative market to sell to, is the good ol' USA.

So...what to do about being taxed on an even playing field?

When I sign up with Amazon.com or another affliliate network, they ask me for my SSN (Social Security Number), which we don't have in Canada.

We do have a SIN (Social Insurance Number), but from what our own Bigbroian says, we need to instead give them our Tax ID#.

Further, many affiliate networks ask for the W-8BEN tax form. Since the US has a withholding tax of around 30% for workers outside its borders, it would seem crucial for non-US citizens to submit this.

When the IRS sees this, it will tell them NOT to withhold that 30% chunk of money. In other words, a foreign company would be allowed to skip the withholding tax, and not be taxed twice!


Bigbroian, our own Ian, has kindly instructed Canadians to go to the CRA website, and get their Tax ID# to handle the GST in Canada.

hron, our own Hans, shows us the Danish version of the W-8BEN form...this appears to be close to the Canadian version as well.

I have been involved in these questions before...

Please right-click on each link below, then "open in new window", to see some valuable input by our good WA friends here.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/getting-started/wh...

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/getting-started/pl...

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/getting-started/he...

Folks, I'm no authority at all in these matters, and in fact I'm inviting everyone involved to please kindly help put us, in all countries, on the correct path here.


If you think this is a vital conversation, please check the little green box below...

Thanks so much!

Terry

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AriefWibowo Premium
Thanks. Will look into the matter more deeply.
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terrberr Premium
Thanks, Arief!
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Chrissies Premium
Many thanks for this Terry. I am in the UK, and they accepted my NI number, that is only number I have :)
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Caraid Premium
If you have registered as a business/self-assesment you should have a UTR code Chrissie which would be the 1st choice, though some will accept NI No.
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Chrissies Premium
No I haven't had the need as yet Caraid, but many thanks for the info :)
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terrberr Premium
You bet, Chrissie. Thanks for your input:)
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Time4Wealth Premium
Thanks for the blog, Terry. It has been a question on my mind too, especially about the GST. Thanks for the WA links. I will read them shortly. If I learn more, I will share also.
Lisa
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terrberr Premium
You're welcome, and thank you, Lisa:)
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Keith10 Premium
Hello Terry, Just to let you know I'm watching and will return to see how things are going.
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Caraid Premium
Keith from the UK we need to use our

UTR code (Unique Taxpayer Reference)

You get this when you have registered for self assesment
if not than National Insurance No. might get accepted
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Keith10 Premium
Hello Dave, thanks for the information, however, I am now a Canadian citizen, hence I am following the information Terry is putting together.

Thanks again -
Keith
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terrberr Premium
Hey Dave!
Keep up the good info, bro...this post is for EVERYBODY who's outside the US - good work:)
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terrberr Premium
Hey Keith:)
Yep, you and I and Lisa and others are on this same track...the CN Railway I believe;)
Everybody out there...this post is for EVERYONE outside the US...so please keep the help coming...:)
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Caraid Premium
I do everything via Panama these days!
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terrberr Premium
Where's your big floppy orange hat?
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Caraid Premium
I went and de-cluttered
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Time4Wealth Premium
Yes, I like that! On the same track... I'm definitely close to the CN Track! No CP here, shucks! Lol
Lisa
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terrberr Premium
HAha...long as you can sleep at night, Lisa;)
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Seahawk8058 Premium
I would definitely say to be "legal" and not get anyone into any financial trouble, check with a tax attorney or check with the individual affiliate site as according to the country that you live in. I'm sure this is not unique and I would hate to see anyone get into legal trouble.
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terrberr Premium
Hey Gregory! Thanks for watching out for us, bro:)
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Seahawk8058 Premium
My pleasure!
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