I do have a freelancer account and an agency account on oDesk for a real company. I'd like to apply to a job on the behalf of the agency account. To get paid, tax information is required.

The company (a real one) is based in Hong Kong.

oDesk asks me to fill in the W-8BEN form, which is for individuals, not companies (should be W-8BEN-E).

oDesk says that they want the owner of the company to fill the individual tax form.

I did email oDesk support. They answered me with copy of their policy rules and a comment asking me to fill in the tax form for individuals and that they don't care about agencies.

A few months ago, there was no different tax forms for individual and business, I think their support has no answer to give.

I do not want to be charged on my individual taxes as I own an agency and am taxed through them. How do I keep my individual taxes out of this and still work as an agency on oDesk?

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about odesk policy and rules which should be directed to oDesk support team. We here can only give false information.
    – Peter MV
    Sep 1, 2014 at 12:05
  • I did email the oDesk support. They answered me a copy of their policy rule and a comment to say to fill in the tax form for individual and that they don't care about agencies. I'd like to know how agencies make it ? Sep 2, 2014 at 7:36
  • Hey Thierry, did you explain to them the situation that you're a business? You might want to email them again, as they're really a better option for this kind of question.
    – jmort253
    Sep 2, 2014 at 7:36
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    If you email them and get back another canned response, feel free to edit into your post that you tried contacting them, what their response was, and we might be able to possibly make this question fit our site guidelines. Hope this helps.
    – jmort253
    Sep 2, 2014 at 7:37
  • I did. I think since there was no different tax form between individual and business few months ago, they're not up to date. Sep 2, 2014 at 7:39

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Use the form that they're providing. This advisory says you can use that form until the end of the year.

IRS Advisory

  • Thank you. Last question, do you fill the individual form with the owner name or with the business name ? Odesk asks for the owner name but then there is no form for the business... Sep 3, 2014 at 23:06
  • Why don't you call IRS?
    – Xavier J
    Sep 4, 2014 at 12:23

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