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    U.S. Tax for foreign illustrators

    Hello guys! Anyone from outside of United States that had been working for an american company?
    I received a Form from an U.S. company and I have a few doubts about it, as I'm a freelancer from Brazil.
    My question is: 30% will be deducted from my rates? Is this avoidable?
    Also, should I try to get a ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) ?

    Thanks for any information!


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    The US tends to tax everything, but the good news is that you won't get taxed twice as Brazil has an agreement with the US http://taxsummaries.pwc.com/ID/Brazi...d-tax-treaties

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    Thanks for that! It seems that some freelancers that I talked with said that they never had to pay any taxes when working for US companies. But they do need to pay for their respective governments. Now I'm not sure if I will need to make that nunber!

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    1. Talk to an accountant - it'll cost
    2. Talk to the firm hiring - ask if they have to deduct - they may be being over cautious

    As an accountant I have dealt with opera singers appearing at the Met, where they have had tax deducted, and diamond consultants in Canada, same. In the UK under double taxation rules, if they deduct too much, you can get a refund from the UK government. I'm not sure about Brazil as their agreement isn't quite the same. Ask a local accountant how much they will charge before anything. Some will give you a free half hour, which may be worth a lot to you. And some will have no idea as they only deal locally. As a freelancer, you need to know all the rules and not totally rely on experts as they can cost more than you were taxed, nor should you listen to a friend down at the bar. If you do get taxed, keep all the slips safely and scan a copy just in case.

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    Thanks Blackspot. I'm starting to have some new opportunities and getting into the freelance world. Feeling like a newbie most of the time!
    You were really helpful!

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